As part of the 2007 Teammates for Kids Auction each player on the Chicago Blackhawks as well as each player on the other 29 NHL Teams wore a special jersey during a home game in January.
These game-worn jerseys were then put online for auction through the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) raising $385,730 to benefit the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation and NHL club charities.
The Chicago Blackhawks are proud to have selected the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago as their club beneficiary of the funds.
Elise Wachspress, Director, Public and Community Relations stated, “Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago is thrilled the Blackhawks have chosen the hospital as the beneficiaries of the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation (donation). Shriners provides all medical care for patients free of charge, and this support enables the hospital to provide the best in care to some of the neediest children in Chicagoland.
"The NHL deserves immense credit for enlisting all its players in an effort to improve the lives of children. Shriners Hospitals is proud to be a partner with the Blackhawks in this effort.”
The NHL and the NHLPA joined forces in November of 2005 and named the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation as the official children’s charity of the NHL and NHLPA.
The Top Shelf Teammates program, a division of the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, contributes financial resources to non-profit organizations that benefit children’s health, education and inner-city services. More than $2.5 million has been donated to the Top Shelf Teammates program by NHL players since the start of the program.