(Brooklyn)- The New York Islanders are encouraging fans to “grow one for the team” and participate in one of hockey’s most visible traditions – the playoff beard. The New York Islanders Beard-a-thon® is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beard and raise money for charity. Proceeds from the 2016 New York Islanders Beard-a-thon will benefit the Islanders Children’s Foundation.
Participants in the Beard-a-thon will invite family, friends, and business associates to pledge their playoff beards. By joining the New York Islanders Beard-a-thon, fans pledge to maintain their beard as long as the Islanders remain in the playoffs. Fans who are unwilling or unable to grow playoffs beards, can also pledge their beard grower.
Since the Beard-a-thon launched in 2009, hockey fans across North America have raised over $3.5 million for hockey related charities. All donations to the New York Islanders Beard-a-thon are tax deductible.
For more information, or to enroll in the Beard-a-thon, click here.
About the Playoff Beard
A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a National Hockey League player not shaving his beard during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup. It is believed that the tradition was started in the 1980s by the four-time Stanley Cup Champion, New York Islanders. In recent years, other sports and other players have claimed the playoff beard tradition, but it is a hockey, and always will be, a hockey tradition.
About the New York Islanders Children’s Foundation
The New York Islanders Children’s Foundation is a New York State not-for-profit foundation, qualified under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code and qualified as a public charity. Since its inception in 2003, the Islanders Children’s Foundation has raised more than $9 million. The ICF is dedicated to supporting the youth of the local community by providing opportunities to children in the areas of health, education and youth hockey development.