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by Doug Warf / Carolina Hurricanes


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Cam Ward was in the locker room today with three Special Olympics North Carolina athletes to launch the fourth season of Cam’s Champs. 

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The three athletes from the Greensboro chapter spent nearly an hour with Cam, asking questions, touring the locker room, taking photos and of course, getting autographs. 

As any good athlete would, these three guys were prepared for their visit today. Each donned ‘Canes gear and came prepared with at least three questions for Cam. Each also came with their very own “get well soon” card for the injured goalie.

Cam is great in these settings as he is always happy to interact and gives very honest answers. Cam, who has been watching home games from the locker room lately, was very candid about his injury and his hopeful return. 

One athlete asked how he reacted when he got cut and Cam was quick to say that he was very nervous when he looked down and his muscle was staring back at him. This response drew mildly disgusted “oohhhs” from most everyone in the locker room. The athlete’s immediate follow-up of when will you be back on the ice was a much happier response as Cam said he had already started rehab and hoped to be skating next week. 

Cam showed off everything from the hot and cold tubs to the bike room, giving a little bit of his personal routine during each stop. Once back in the main locker room, Cam showed off his game-used mask that he is donating to Special Olympics North Carolina for a special on-line auction.

Cam’s Champs On-Line Auction
Starting December 3 and ending on December 17, there will be several Ward-specific items on our NHL.com auction page that will all benefit Special Olympics North Carolina. The anchor of this auction is the game-used mask. 

We have only had the opportunity to auction one game-used mask before and it raised nearly $8,000 for the Kids ‘N Community Foundation. These masks are very unique and very hard to come by. Each mask is nearly $2,000 in cost as the mask itself is slightly over $1,000 and the paint job is almost as much as the mask.

The mask will be displayed at our Foundation’s auction booth during December games, so be sure to stop by and see it up close. I am always amazed at the detail of each mask when you see them up close. TV and still photography truly do not do them justice. 

Cam’s Donation
This year, Cam is also donating a total of 14 suite nights for Special Olympics North Carolina. There are six different regions within SONC, and in years past, Cam has donated six tickets to six different games so that each region can send athletes. This year, he is donating a 12-person suite to SONC 14 different times. Our first post-game meet and greet was last week and it is truly a different experience to have 12 SONC folks in a suite and then a post game meet and greet. The energy of the athletes from the Boone area premeated throughout the area. Maybe that is why we are 3-0 when SONC athletes are in the arena this year.


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