By Jenelyn Russo
The Anaheim Ducks Die Hards are back this season and the organization’s official booster club is offering a membership kit that is perfect for even the most dedicated Ducks fans.
Presented by The Tilted Kilt – Orange, this year’s $50 membership is filled with unique and exclusive items such as a Ducks travel carry-on bag, over-the-ear Ducks headphones, a metallic orange water canteen and a Die Hards “Let’s Go Ducks” scarf.
|This year’s $50 membership is filled with unique and exclusive items such as a Ducks travel carry-on bag, over-the-ear Ducks headphones, a metallic orange water canteen and a Die Hards “Let’s Go Ducks” scarf. |
Additionally, Ducks forward Ryan Kesler will be serving as the Die Hards captain this season, and the kit will feature items in recognition of his captaincy, including a Kesler bobblehead and a pair of Kesler jersey socks.
In his second season with the Ducks, Kesler is looking forward to connecting with some of the team’s most loyal fans.
“It’s awesome. I jumped at the opportunity,” says Kesler of being named the Die Hards captain this season. “Obviously they’re very supportive of us, and that’s the least I can do for them.”
As a part of membership, Die Hards will have the chance to participate in exclusive parties and events throughout the season, including a Welcome Party, a Holiday Skate Party at Honda Center, the End of the Year Party and Die Hards Road Trip packages that will feature a Pacific Division contest and a trip to watch the Ducks face off against two Eastern Conference teams.
As a non-profit, the Anaheim Ducks Die Hards go beyond their support of their favorite team on the ice. Part of their mission offers the opportunity for members to help promote the growth of hockey in Southern California as well as align with the Ducks’ organization as they serve various Orange County charities.
Members are encouraged to participate in these efforts by earning Volunteer Incentive Points (VIP Points) for their service and contributions to the community. Points earned over the course of the season can be redeemed for prizes and Ducks merchandise.
Opportunities to serve include volunteering at some of the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation and Education) initiatives in support of youth education and fitness programs, such as First Flight Field Trip and Captain’s Challenge Fit Finals.
The Die Hards also work each year alongside local organizations including CHOC Children’s, the Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids, We Give Thanks and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
|“It’s awesome. I jumped at the opportunity,” says Kesler of being named the Die Hards captain this season. “Obviously they’re very supportive of us, and that’s the least I can do for them.” |
Earlier this month, Die Hards members headed out to the Disneyland Resort before sunrise, decked out in their Ducks gear, to join the 15,000 walkers on hand for the 25th anniversary of CHOC’s Walk in the Park.
Approximately 65 Die Hards contributed donations of nearly $9,000 toward the $2.4 million raised this year in support of treatment, education and research in pediatric care at CHOC.
Kesler sees it as a positive that the fans partner with the organization’s mission to grow the game and impact communities locally.
“It’s our job to set the precedent,” says Kesler about the team’s commitment to serving the community. “The Samuelis do a great job of it, and we follow their lead. It’s nice to hear that the fans follow our lead.”
Coming off of signing a six-year extension last summer and being named one of the Duck’s alternate captains for the 2015-16 season, Kesler is excited about his long-term commitment to the team, fans and community.
“It’s been awesome,” Kesler says. “Since day one, the Ducks have made me feel welcome, and signing the six-year extension in the summer and knowing I’m going to be with this team for the next seven years, it’s special.
“I can’t say enough about this organization. They’ve taken me in. They’ve made me feel really comfortable, and it’s a great organization to be a part of. It’s going to be a fun year.”
Visit ducksdiehards.com or stop by Section 214 at Honda Center during any Anaheim Ducks home game to purchase this year’s Die Hards membership for just $50.