In the Community / Initiatives
Chicago Blackhawks Charities is committed to supporting Illinois programs and institutions that work toward creating a better tomorrow for the youth of today. In addition to the Blackhawks’ own initiatives, Chicago Blackhawks Charities supports programs founded by the National Hockey League. We are dedicated to impacting the lives of individuals through an array of special events and outings, along with numerous community programs throughout the state of Illinois.
Each season, Chicago Blackhawks players and coaches visit local hospitals to sign autographs, pose for pictures, participate in games or craft activities and interact with children. In the past, the Blackhawks have visited NorthShore University Health System, the University of Chicago Hospitals, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center.
Teammates for Kids Foundation
The Chicago Blackhawks players and coaches are proud to donate and be part of the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. The Foundation exists to develop and implement innovative concepts that generate financial funds for the benefit of children’s charities that represent health, education and inner-city services. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised go directly to children’s charities. Teammates for Kids was established in January 1999 as a non-profit corporation by co-founders Garth Brooks and Bo Mitchell. Since the foundation’s inception, more than 2,800 professional athletes have joined the team, distributing more than $80 million through in-kind donations and scholarships. Teammates contribute a predetermined sum of money based on selected categories from their in-game performances. For example, a hockey player will pledge to contribute $1,000 for every goal he scores in a season, or a goalie could pledge $500 for every shutout. The Teammates for Kids Foundation then triples all donations made by professional athletes.
Chicago Gateway Green
Chicago Gateway Green provides the Blackhawks with a comprehensive community initiative that aims to educate our fan base to be leaders in responsible environmental development. With our Chicago Gateway Green partnership, the current generation of Blackhawks staff and fans can help to lead the charge in leaving our environment in a better condition for the generations to follow. For more information on Chicago Gateway Green, please visit www.gatewaygreen.org.
Chicago Blackhawks Charities, along with the help of the Blackhawks Better Halves, hosted a Thanksgiving Food Drive during the Nov. 10 and 14 games. Fans were encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items and monetary donations to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Holiday Toy Drive
CBC will coordinate two in-game toy drives this season on Dec.14 and Dec. 16, 2014. Fans are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys to Gates 2, 3, 6, or 7 to be entered into a nightly drawing for a jersey autographed by one of the Blackhawks stars. This year’s toy drive will benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and NorthShore University HealthSystem.
Collection bins will also be located at the Blackhawks Store on Michigan Avenue, the Blackhawks Store at Oakbrook Center and Niles Rink during the holiday season.
Hockey is for Everyone
The Hockey is for Everyone initiative is a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice, the National Hockey League's social responsibility program that builds on the league's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
Hockey is for Everyone provides support and unique programming to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. The initiative is supported by NHL member clubs, players, NHL alumni and fans. To date, Hockey is for Everyone has exposed close to 45,000 boys and girls to unique hockey experiences. For more information on Hockey Is For Everyone, click here.
Hockey Fights Cancer
Hockey Fights Cancer is a component of the NHL's "Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice" campaign, the League's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Player Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. It is supported by NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, more than $12.8 million has been raised to support national and local cancer research institutions, Children's Hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.
In addition to the NHL initiatives, the Chicago Blackhawks host an annual Hockey Fights Cancer game each October. This year's Hockey Fights Cancer night was Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. That night, players wore special white jerseys with lavender lettering during pregame warm-ups, Hockey Fights Cancer stickers on their helmets, and media and coaches wore Hockey Fights Cancer ties. These jerseys and ties were then auctioned off online after the game. In-game activities included children from Make-A-Wish Illinois and Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation participating in many different ways. These included a ceremonial puck drop, standing on the ice with the game’s Blackhawks starters, Shoot the Puck and Zamboni rides.
- Once-In-A-Lifetime Online Charity Auction: Each year, the Chicago Blackhawks offer one lucky bidder an exclusive package that includes tickets to a game, a Zamboni ride, the chance to meet Blackhawk players and more. This offer is available for auction on the NHL website as part of Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month.
- Online Jersey Auction: Each season, the team captain of each NHL team wears a special Hockey Fights Cancer patch at a select game in January. These jerseys are then auctioned online to benefit Hockey Fights Cancer.
This program facilitates interaction between players and young patients with cancer and other illnesses in childhood. The Blackhawks make yearly visits to hospitals to spend time with the young patients.
FirstMerit Bank “First Game” Program
Each season, Chicago Blackhawks Charities collaborates with FirstMerit Bank to bring forty people to their first Blackhawks game. Through FirstMerit Bank’s generous donation of tickets, CBC grant recipients and other community organizations are able to identify participants who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a Blackhawks game. Each participant receives a ticket in the 300-level along with a “first game certificate” commemorating the date of their first game.