As the charitable arm of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Carolina
Hurricanes Foundation takes pride in being a part of the community
both on and off the ice. The Foundation provides funding to
children’s nonprofi ts with a health or education focus throughout
North Carolina. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1997, more than
$14.5 million has been donated through cash grants and in-kind
support to youth-serving organizations. Together, the Hurricanes
players, coaches, and entire organization take pride in being
actively involved in our community and are committed to making a
positive impact where we live, work, and play.
During the 2017-18 season, the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation
awarded $495,000 in cash grants to 24 children’s charities and
youth hockey organizations in North Carolina. Grants are awarded
through three cycles: Game Changer, GOAL, and Future Canes. Each
organization is subject to site visits and are required to provide use
of funds summary reports.
Prior to the 2018-19 season, the Foundation changed its name
from the Kids ‘N Community Foundation to the Carolina Hurricanes
Foundation. The Foundation remains committed to the North
Carolina community and is dedicated to children’s health and
education with a focus on underserved populations.
The Carolina Hurricanes Foundation is able to increase its
collective community impact with unique and interactive fundraisers
with our team. The Foundation’s signature, annual fundraisers
include the Alumni Game, Canes 5k, Canes Bash, Golf Tournament,
and Skate with the Canes—combined these events raised more than
$620,000 in revenue in the 2017-18 season to support the community.
The success of these events, as well as the overall success of the
Foundation, relies on support from fans, Hurricanes players, coaches,
front offi ce executives, broadcasters, and staff.
Corporate partners generously supported the Foundation
through various initiatives including the Carolina Ale House Points
for Kids program and Paper Heart & Magnet campaign, KIOTI Assist
for Hunger campaign, Mercury Gate Score One for the Community,
and Tito’s Vodka for Dog People. Additionally, every home game
features a silent auction showcasing unique, autographed
memorabilia, raising $97,000 in 2017-18. The 24-Hour Bike
Challenge, mystery item sales, and the We Love the Hurricanes
Luncheon round out the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.
PICK UP A BOOK AND READ
The Pick Up a Book and Read program works to get children in
third, fourth and fi fth grade excited about reading by giving them
the opportunity to log their minutes read over a period of six weeks.
Students who read are rewarded with prizes such as school visits,
tickets and even autographed jerseys. During the 2017-18 Pick Up a
Book and Read program, nearly 900 students in 75 classrooms read
nearly 1.4 million minutes. Each participating student received a
certifi cate of accomplishment, and each student that read over 1,500
minutes and 2,500 minutes received a special prize. The fi ve schools
that read the most minutes were recognized with a visit from Stormy,
Hurricanes alumnus Shane Willis, and members of the Community
Relations department. The top fi ve students in the program’s annual
essay contest and top fi ve overall readers from each grade level
were invited to a recognition luncheon at PNC Arena hosted by
Mike Maniscalco, Carolina Hurricanes television reporter and web
host. Stormy was on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of the
students at the luncheon by presenting certifi cates and prizes.
The Carolina Hurricanes strive to make an impact on the
community through charity drives throughout the season. The drives
help local and state charities collect goods that will help them in
their mission. Seven charity drives benefi tted 12 different North
Carolina charities, with donations varying from books for children
to snacks for military service men and women. Hurricanes fans
are invited to participate by bringing goods to support the various
drives and charities. These drives allowed Hurricanes fans to make
giving back part of their game day experience.
• Caniac Carnival Blood Drive: The Hurricanes partnered with
UNC REX Healthcare to host a blood drive during Caniac
Carnival. The blood drive benefi tted Rex Blood Services.
• Stock the Pantry Food Drive: The Stock the Pantry Food Drive
was presented by Harris Teeter and benefi tted Inter-Faith Food
Shuttle and TABLE. Fans were invited to donate non-perishable
food items from Nov. 7-13. Over 700 items were collected
during the week.
• Hurricanes Holiday Toy Drive: The Hurricanes Holiday Toy
Drive presented by Buffalo Brothers was held from Dec. 11-16.
Hurricanes fans were encouraged to donate new, unwrapped
board games, arts & crafts supplies, coloring books, action
fi gures, Barbies, puzzles and educational & learning toys. About
500 toys were collected and donations benefi tted the UNC
Children’s Hospital and StepUp Ministry.
• Book Drive: Between Jan. 8-14, the Hurricanes collected new
and gently used books for children ages newborn to middle
school. Six hundred and fi fty books were donated to Read and
Feed and WAKE Up and Read.
• Military Appreciation Drive: In conjunction with Military
Appreciation, the Hurricanes hosted a military drive to benefi t
servicemen and women through a partnership with the USO.
1,250 packs of jerky snacks, granola bars and chewing gum
were collected to be given to soldiers.
• Pet Supply Drive: From March 26-31, Hurricanes fans donated
various pet supplies including dog and cat food, treats, cat
litter and more to benefi t the SPCA of Wake County and Second
Chance Pet Adoptions. Over 310 items were collected and
donated to these local animal shelters.
• School Supply Drive: During Summerfest from June 24-30, fans
heading into Development Camp and the Summerfest Celebration
donated school supplies to be sent to Junior Achievement of
Eastern North Carolina and El Centro Hispano. Over 1,060 school
supplies were donated by Hurricanes fans.
HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER
The Carolina Hurricanes hosted their annual Hockey Fights
Cancer awareness night on November 19, 2017. Cancer awareness,
research and support groups were on the concourse to speak with
fans and promote their respective groups. The Carolina Hurricanes
Foundation silent auction consisted of Hockey Fights Cancer
themed baskets with proceeds benefi tting the cancer organizations
in attendance. Cancer survivors, patients, and family members
were nominated to be the evening’s siren sounder and Olympia
riders. Fans had the opportunity to share who they fought for
by creating their own “I Fight For” card on the concourse before
the game. Hockey Fights Cancer unites the hockey community in
support of cancer patients & their families. The initiative gets an
assist from players, coaches, offi cials, broadcasters, equipment
managers, front offi ce staff, corporate partners & fans. Together,
the hockey community looks to inspire hope and courage for those
who are living with, going through & moving past cancer.
HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE
Hockey is for Everyone reaffi rms that the offi cial policy of the
sport is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the
stands. Around the League and in our communities, the Hurricanes
celebrate hockey’s diversity and our unwavering commitment to
respect for all.
• Capital City Crew: The Capital City Crew is provides an
opportunity for inner-city youth ages 8-14 to play ice hockey
through our partnerships with the Wake County Boys & Girls
Clubs, and the Carolina Hurricanes. This program teaches
life skills and positive character traits such as leadership,
gamesmanship, respect, cooperation, industriousness, honesty,
and integrity through the sport of ice hockey. This program is
home to over 90 players this season.
• Triangle Special Hockey Association: Triangle Special Hockey
helps educate, motivate and encourage individuals, who have
developmental and/or physical disabilities to participate in the
sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the
level of ability of the participating athletes. This year there are
over 75 participants in Triangle Special Hockey.
• Triangle Sled Hockey Association: Sled hockey is played by a wide
range of players with a variety of mobility limitations: amputees,
spinal cord injuries, spina bifi da, along with anyone who has a
permanent disability that limits participation in stand-up hockey.
With the support of the Carolina Hurricanes, Triangle Special
Hockey has provided numerous opportunities to these players.
• Girls Hockey: With the growth of women’s hockey across the
country, the Carolina Hurricanes have helped increase numbers
locally by providing the First Goal program, Girls Try Hockey for
Free events, IIHF Girls Hockey weekend events, and RYHA Jr.
Hurricanes Girls programs. Through these efforts, the Carolinas
have seen signifi cant growth in women’s hockey.
• You Can Play: The NHL and National Hockey League Players’
Association (NHLPA) partnered with You Can Play, to ensure
acceptance for all who participate in our game. You Can Play
works to ensure safety and inclusion for all who participate in
sports, including LGBTQ athletes, coaches, and fans. You Can Play
believes sports teams should focus on an athlete’s skills, work
ethic, and competitive spirit, not their sexual orientation and/or
gender identity. The Hurricanes hosted a You Can Play Night on
February 9, 2018. During the game, LGBTQ organizations were
present on the concourse and several leaders in the local LGBTQ
community were recognized. In addition, several Hurricanes
players warmed up with specially Pride Tape wrapped sticks.
Readvolution was a new partnership between the Carolina
Hurricanes and Wake County Public Schools. The program challenged
114 elementary schools to read 2,020 books, asking individual
students to perform 20 minutes of reading outside the classroom
each day during the fi rst semester, from Oct. 2 through Jan. 12. As
they achieve goals, students and teachers were rewarded with free
tickets to Hurricanes games, school appearances from Stormy and
the Pepsi Storm Squad, teacher recognitions and more.
POWER PLAY PROGRAM
The Power Play Program presented by Novo Nordisk was a
60-minute exercise program broken down into three periods focusing
on strength, cardio and free play, designed to help educate students
on the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle while demonstrating
proper physical fi tness routines and techniques. Students were
challenged to exercise 60 minutes a day over the month-long program
(totaling 20 total hours of exercise) and once they achieved the goal,
each student received a complimentary ticket to a Hurricanes game.
Annually, the Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Arena staff proudly
participate in Canes Care, a community outreach program. During the
offseason, 57 staff members volunteered over 1,400 hours of time in
the North Carolina community. Staff volunteered with the following
organizations: Autism Society of NC, Boys and Girls Club of Wake
County, East Durham Children’s Initiative, Food Bank of Central and
Eastern NC, Passage Home, USO of NC, and The Green Chair Project.
Additionally, as part of NHL Green, staff participated in a park cleanup
at Lake Crabtree Park.
Each year, the Carolina Hurricanes forms a team to participate in the
Triangle Heart Walk. The Canes with Heart team had 14 participants
and helped raise $1,000 for the American Heart Association.
The Carolina Hurricanes staff and fans once again raised funds
and awareness for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in 2017-18. On
March 13, 2018, professional barbers from corporate partner Sports
Clips volunteered to shave heads on PNC Arena’s South Plaza. Fans
received two tickets to the game that night in exchange for losing
their locks in support of the cause. There were a total of 123 fans
that shaved their heads and $56,993 was raised for the St. Baldrick’s
Foundation. The Carolina Hurricanes partnership with St. Baldrick’s
has raised close to $457,000 and led to over 1,300 heads being
shaved over its nine-year span.
Hurricanes Heroes is a program where tickets are donated to
the community relations department by local businesses and season
ticket members. The tickets are then distributed by the Carolina
Hurricanes Foundation to local children’s charities and organizations
at no cost. Over 500 tickets were donated to non-profi t organizations
in our community during the 2017-18 season.
STAAL FAMILY FOUNDATION
Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal and his wife, Heather,
donated a 12-person, all-inclusive luxury suite every home game
to children battling cancer and their families and friends. During
the 2017-18 season, 42 different children and their families visited
the Staal Family Foundation suite. In addition to enjoying a hockey
game VIP style, each child received a Staal Family Foundation
t-shirt to commemorate the experience and was recognized on the
video board during the game.
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk created the True
Defenders program supported by Fonville Morisey, to provide a full
game-night experience for military service groups and their guests. At
six games throughout the season a group was chosen to receive an
all-inclusive VIP suite experience including food and beverage, a True
Defenders long-sleeve shirt and hat personally designed by Faulk and
a meet-and-greet with Faulk following the game.
ME FINE FOUNDATION SUITE
Carolina Hurricanes alumnus and ambassador Erik Cole partnered
with the Me Fine Foundation to provide a 14-person, all-inclusive
suite to critically ill children and their families. In addition to enjoying
a hockey game, the families were provided with food and beverage
and they were recognized on the video board during the game. During