Panthers collecting teddy bears for families in need
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's and women's ice hockey programs are teaming up with the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), Biederman's Deli and the Marketing Association of Plymouth State (MAPS) to host the second annual Teddy Bear Toss games during their double-header on Saturday (Dec. 2).
"We are excited and honored to support CHaD and their efforts to provide such comprehensive and compassionate care to all of their pediatric patients and their families," said women's second-year head coach Mykul Haun. "To team up with CHaD, Biederman's Deli and MAPS ties both of our hockey programs to a great community-based initiative and helps educate our athletes and students that philanthropy is very important."
Men's head coach Craig Russell shared the same sentiment.
"We're extremely excited about hosting this event again," said Russell. "The level of support from CHaD has been amazing. Being able to gather these bears for CHaD is incredibly humbling and it's coming at a time before the holidays when it means a little more."
Donation boxes have been set up on campus and at local businesses where fans can drop new teddy bears for use during the event. Boxes are located at the information desk in the Hartman Union Building, Biederman's Deli, True Colors Print & Design, the Plymouth branch of Northeast Credit Union, Ashland Lumber, and the Toys R Us in Concord.
Fans are also invited to bring new teddy bears with them to the game. The bears that have been collected at donation boxes will also be distributed to fans for use during the games. All bears must be new, as used teddy bears cannot be taken at the cancer center.
Following the first PSU goal in each game, fans will throw their teddy bears onto the ice. Panther hockey players will collect the bears, which in turn will be donated to CHaD for distribution. In the event Plymouth State doesn't score, the bears will be thrown on the ice at the end of the game.
Last winter the teams combined to collect 767 bears in total, but the goal this year is to eclipse the 1,000 bear mark. Cash donations will be accepted as well, though all cash will be used to purchase additional bears.
"We hope that this year's event surpasses the success of last year," added Russell. "We're already generating a lot of buzz throughout the community, which is great to hear."
Additionally, Biederman's Deli will be handing out coupons for a free sandwich during the women's game. The certificates will entitle the holder to a free sandwich starting Monday, Dec. 4.
The PSU women will face Salem State at 2:00 p.m., while the men will square off against Westfield State with puck drop at 6:00 p.m.
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