Each season, Blackhawks players and coaches visit local hospitals to sign autographs, pose for pictures, participate in games or crafts and interact with children. The Blackhawks have visited NorthShore University HealthSystem, University of Chicago Hospitals, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children and the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks Reading Program is designed to encourage students grades 2-6 to to read in and out of the classroom. This program helps students get excited to read throughout the hockey season by rewarding them with great prizes! Each student will get a reading log sheet to track the number of pages they read at home and in the classroom. Top monthly readers will be featured on our website and become eligible to win prizes! The classroom with the most pages read at the end of March will win a visit from a Blackhawks personality!
The Chicago Blackhawks ServICE Crew is designed to encourage youth ages 8-18 to take an active role in their community by volunteering and giving back. Participants of the program will be encouraged to spend their free time doing community service projects of their choosing. At the end of each month, parents/guardians will submit their student's total hours online and give a brief description of the projects they completed. Five individual participants will be selected each month to receive Blackhawks prizes! The 10 participants who volunteer the most hours by the end of the program will be invited to volunteer alongside a Chicago Blackhawks player!
Chicago Gateway Green provides the Blackhawks with a comprehensive community initiative that aims to educate our fan base to be leaders in responsible environmental development. With our Chicago Gateway Green partnership, the current generation of Blackhawks staff and fans can help to lead the charge in leaving our environment in a better condition for the generations to follow. For more information on Chicago Gateway Green, please visit www.gatewaygreen.org.
Winter Gear Drive
The Chicago Blackhawks are proud to partner with Cradles to Crayons for our Winter Gear Drive. Fans are encouraged to bring new or like-new coats and other winter gear in youth sizes to the game on Sunday, Dec. 8. Collection bins will be located at Gates 2, 3, 4 (Atrium), 6 and 7. All donations will benefit Chicagoland children in need.
Chicago Blackhawks Foundation is proud to sponsor the Food Drive this season on Sunday, Nov. 17 and Tuesday, Nov. 19. Fans are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable items or monetary donations to be entered into a nightly drawing to win Blackhawks prizes. Blackhawks Foundation will donate all food to those in need in the Chicagoland area. Collection bins will also be located at Fifth Third Arena to drop off donations.
CBF will host toy drives at Blackhawks home games on December 15 and 18. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations to be entered into a nightly drawing to win Blackhawks prizes. The toys will be given to patients and their families at hospitals throughout the Chicagoland area.
The Chicago Blackhawks are partnered with DKMS, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. To date, DKMS has helped register more than 8.6 million potential donors and has provided 74,000+ patients with second chances at life.
The Blackhawks have partnered with DKMS for many reasons but one of them being Assistant Coach Sheldon Brookbanks personal connection to the cause. Sheldon's best friend Jamie Ficko and former D partner with the Humboldt Broncos needs your help as he fights Leukemia and Lymphoma.
The Hockey is for Everyone initiative is a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice, the National Hockey League's social responsibility program that builds on the league's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
HIFE provides support and unique programming to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. The initiative is supported by NHL member clubs, players, NHL alumni and fans. To date, Hockey is for Everyone has exposed close to 45,000 boys and girls to unique hockey experiences.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a component of the NHL's "Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice" campaign, the League's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Player Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. It is supported by NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, more than $12.8 million has been raised to support national and local cancer research institutions, Children's Hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.
In addition to the NHL initiatives, the Chicago Blackhawks host an annual Hockey Fights Cancer game each October. Players wear special jerseys, and media and coaches wear Hockey Fights Cancer ties. These jerseys and ties are then auctioned online after the game. In-game activities include the participation of children from Make-A-Wish Illinois and Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, including a ceremonial puck drop, on-ice recognition before the national anthem, Shoot the Puck and Zamboni rides.