The Chicago Blackhawks are inviting all fans to join forwards Ryan Hartman and Andrew Desjardins in the National Hockey League's annual Beard-a-Thon during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds will benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities, while the other 25 percent will benefit the Chicago Public Schools SCORE! program. Fans can enroll today or donate to the beard of their choice via beardathon.com/blackhawks.
By joining the Blackhawks' Beard-a-Thon, fans pledge to maintain their beard as long as the team remains in the playoffs. Fans who are unwilling or unable to grow playoffs beards can also pledge their beard grower. Only growers will be eligible for prize incentives. For more information on prizes and contest rules, please visit beardathon.com/blackhawks.
First place overall will win four 100-level tickets to a 2017-18 Blackhawks regular-season home game and a postgame player meet-and-greet. Second place will win two 200-level tickets to a 2017-18 Blackhawks regular-season home game and postgame locker room tour. The third place winner will receive two 300-level tickets to a 2017-18 Blackhawks regular-season home game and a jersey signed by one current Chicago Blackhawks team member. There will also be challenges throughout each round so fans can win additional prizes.
Since the Beard-a-Thon launched in 2009, hockey fans across the country have raised over $3.5 million for hockey-related charities.
Chicago Blackhawks Charities focuses on health and wellness, education and housing, striving to serve local citizens and impact the lives of youth and their families in and around the city of Chicago. Since its inception in October 1993, Chicago Blackhawks Charities has granted over $16 million to local nonprofit organizations that fit within our mission.
On Feb. 25, 2017, the Blackhawks announced their partnership the CPS SCORE! program, which stands for Sports Can Open Roads to Excellence. The initiative is CPS' new district-wide elementary school sports program created in an effort to increase academic performance, decrease violence, strengthen communities and give all students an equal opportunity to excel in sports. For more information, please visit www.cps.edu/score.