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 children's hospitals to sign autographs, pose for pictures, participate in games or craft activities and interact with children. In the past, the Blackhawks have visited the University of Chicago Hospitals, Children's Memorial Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, NorthShore University Health System 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.
Holiday Toy Drive
CBC coordinated three in-game toy drives this season on Dec. 2, 5 and 11. Fans brought in over 1,000 toys, which were donated to Dreams for Kids, Neighbors' Development Network and NorthShore University HealthSystem. On Dec. 15, 2011, Joel Quenneville joined defensemen Duncan Keith, Sean O'Donnell and Steve Montador in delivering toys to sick children at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill.
Chicago Blackhawks Charities, along with the help of the Blackhawks Better Halves, hosted a Thanksgiving Food Drive during the Nov. 13 game. Fans were encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items and monetary donations to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This year's food drive collected 674 pounds and $1,057 in cash donations, the equivalent to 2,400 meals for Chicago's hungry.
Support the Boys and Girls Club
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 million has been raised to support national and local cancer research institutions, Children's Hospotals, 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. 29, 2011. That night, players wore Hockey Fights Cancer stickers on their helmets whil media and coaches wore Hockey Fights Cancer ties. In-game activities included ceremonial puck drop, shoot the puck and zamboni rides by children from Bear Necessities, grants presented to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Melanoma Research Foundation, Pick a Puck sales benefitting the Vera Bradley Foundation and proceeds from the Silent Auction benefitting the Gilda's Club of Chicago.
- 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.