The Checkers are again kicking off their season with “15 Days of Giving,” a daily community service program presented by Lowe’s, within the Charlotte area from Oct. 20 to Nov. 3.
Throughout the 15-day program, Checkers players and staff members will contribute to 16 local non-profit organizations by volunteering time and resources and making monetary donations, among other community service acts.
On the final day of 15 Days of Giving, the Checkers held a public skate at Extreme Ice Center to benefit Special Olympics of North Carolina. Checkers players Sean Dolan and Justin Krueger were in attendance and more than $500 was raised. Additionally, Extreme Ice Center donated the proceeds from skate rentals to athletes Rory Kinane and Katie Carter, who will be competing in the Special Olympics World Games in South Korea in early 2013.
On Day 14, Checkers players Jeremy Welsh and Rasmus Rissanen, along with a group of Checkers staff members, delivered and sorted food at Second Harvest Food Bank. More than 400 pounds of food were collected at the Checkers season ticket holder watch party Friday. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina serves 14 counties in North Carolina by providing a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply food and grocery items to charitable agencies, assisting people in need.
On Day 13, a group of Checkers employees volunteered their time at A Child’s Place, a local non-profit which works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education. For more information on A Child’s Place, visit www.achildsplace.org.
It was a Halloween party for Day 12 as a group of Checkers staff members and CheckMates stopped by Presbyterian Hemby Children’s Hospital to visit with the kids.
On Day 11, a group of Checkers staff members and CheckMates visited Alexander Youth Network to talk with and read to the kids.
Alexander Youth Network provides quality professional treatment to children with serious emotional and behavioral problems. It serves approximately 3,500 children a year in more than a dozen programs and delivers an effective array of services, enabling children and their families to achieve their potential.
On Day 10, a group of Checkers staff members and a CheckMate visited Sterling Elementary in Pineville for a clean-up of its Friendship Garden. The group dug new rows for crops, weeded and cleaned up the garden. Friendship Gardens is an expanding network of community and school gardens, which share their harvest to provide over 750 meals a day to members of our community who have limited access to healthy food.
For Day 9 of 15 Days of Giving on Sunday, a group of Checkers staff members and the CheckMates visited the Humane Society of Charlotte to help clean the shelter and visit with the animals.
The Humane Society of Charlotte is a community resource committed to improving the lives of companion animals through adoption, spay/neuter and education. For information on volunteering and adopting animals, please visit www.humanesocietyofcharlotte.org.
The CheckMates and Chubby headed to zMAX Dragway Saturday for the 2012 Carolinas Walk for Autism Speaks. Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a 5K family walk and an autism community resource fair heightening public awareness and raising money to fund autism research. The walk is scheduled to take place in more than 80 U.S. cities in 2012.
The Checkers hosted a watch party and food drive at Queen City Q with season ticket holders. More than 500 food items were collected for Second Harvest Food Bank and hundreds of Checkers fans enjoyed a 6-4 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins.
On Day 6 of “15 Days of Giving”, a group of Checkers’ employees visited Supportive Community Housing to serve breakfast to the residents of the shelter.
For Day 5 of “15 Days of Giving,” the Checkers hosted their 11th annual Charity Golf Classic at Pine Island Country Club. The event, which allowed golfers the opportunity to spend an entire day with Checkers players and staff, raised money for Presbyterian Hemby Children’s Hospital and Discovery Place.
On Day 4 of “15 Days of Giving,” six Checkers players and several staff members volunteered their time at two local charities. At Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, Nicolas Blanchard, Bobby Sanguinetti, Brett Sutter and Chris Terry joined Checkers staff members Alice and Danielle to cook dinner for residents of the house.
Meanwhile, across town, forward A.J. Jenks, goaltender Justin Peters and Checkers staff member Elle visited a local Boys and Girls Club to read to the kids and demonstrate the use of the club’s hockey equipment.
Day 3 of "15 Days of Giving," presented by Lowe's, involved two separate community service acts from Checkers staff members and CheckMates, including cooking and serving dinner at the Hospitality House of Charlotte and sorting and checking out supplies for teachers at Classroom Central.
On Day 2 of "15 Days of Giving," presented by Lowe’s, a group of CheckMates and Checkers staff members visited the Asbury Care Center at Aldersgate Retirement Community. The group participated in an arts and crafts session, making pumpkins out of flower pots for the residents’ grandchildren, followed by some reading and listening to music.
Asbury Care Center is Aldersgate’s licensed and Medicare-certified skilled nursing facility, for those who will best thrive with professional healthcare in an active, engaging home atmosphere. For more information, please visit www.aldersgateccrc.com.
On Day 1 of “15 Days of Giving,” presented by Lowe’s, the Checkers held a charity cornhole tournament at The Gin Mill on South Tryon St. to benefit Sidekicks Mentoring. Sidekicks is a local non-profit organization which pairs young professional mentors with high school students.
For Day 2 on Sunday, a group of Checkers staff members and CheckMates will visit Aldersgate Retirement Community to read to the residents and help with arts and crafts.