The Carolina Hurricanes players, broadcasters and staff take part in many philanthropic causes to improve the lives of individuals in our area. Community initiatives offer assistance and promote awareness to growing issues that affect individuals and our community as a whole.
Pick Up a Book and Read
The Pick Up A Book and Read program headlines the Hurricanes’ educational outreach efforts. Through prizes and incentives, thousands of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are motivated and encouraged to challenge their reading abilities. The team also works on several initiatives with local school systems and education advocacy groups including a Y-Learning Center in Durham. Additionally, the Carolina Hurricanes Promotions Department hosts in-school hockey clinics at over 35 local schools each year.
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Health 'N' Hockey
Health ‘N’ Hockey encourages kids of all ages to increase their level of physical activity and improve their healthy eating habits. The Hurricanes partnered with Be Active North Carolina and the YMCA of the Triangle for the first year of Health ‘N’ Hockey during the 2011-2012 season.
Over 1,000 kids from the YMCA of the Triangle branches attended one of three Health ‘N’ Hockey events. Participants attend a Hurricanes practice, exercise with Stormy and listen to speakers. Each child leaves with a scorecard to encourage them to exercise for a five-week period and mail in for a prize.
If you have any questions about the Health 'N' Hockey program, please email the Community Relations Department.
Hockey is for Everyone
The Capital City Crew is in its fourth full season as part of the NHL Hockey is for Everyone program. Thanks to grants from the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Foundation, the NHL Foundation, PNC Bank, Progress Energy, AMD, private sponsors, and equipment donations from the Community and Eric Staal, the Crew provides the full hockey experience at no cost to participants.
The roster is made up of 40 kids, ages 8-14, from local Boys and Girls Clubs. The season consisted of 15 on-ice sessions which includes practices and scrimmages and 12 sessions of the life skills program.
Canes Playroom at Rex Hospital
The Canes Playroom at Rex Hospital was introduced in February 2009 when the Hurricanes and Rex Hospital teamed up to provide a relaxing, therapeutic environment for children at Rex.
The playroom is located on the seventh floor of the hospital’s pediatric wing and is filled with tools for rehab, daily play and educational learning. Not only does the room boast Hurricanes memorabilia, it is also fit with a fish tank, computer station, TVs, a Wii, an arts and crafts center and a reading corner, making it impossible for any child not to enjoy.
Children receiving treatment at Duke Children's Hospital are greeted by a hockey mural featuring colorful cartoon characters, a "Funtron" that features photographs of the kids with their favorite players, display cases of Hurricanes memorabilia and a mini Olympia.
This entertaining and interactive area, called Hurricanes Hallway, is located adjacent to the hospital's main lobby. Funded by Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos and the Kids 'N Community Foundation, Hurricanes Hallway gives children something to look forward to when visiting the hospital.
Toy Drive and Food Drive
During the holiday season, the Hurricanes conduct their annual toy drive in hopes of bringing holiday cheer to deserving children across the state.
Fans bring new, unwrapped toys to PNC Arena in December in exchange for a buy one, get one free ticket voucher to a select Hurricanes home game. Donated toys are distributed to Wake County Human Services, Interact of Wake County, Helping Hand Mission and Toys for Tots.
Each season, the Carolina Hurricanes also hold a food drive to collect canned food and other non-perishable food items to benefit those at risk of hunger in North Carolina. Beneficiaries have included the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
USO of North Carolina Military Drive
During the 2011-2012 season, Hurricanes fans joined together to collect items to benefit the USO of North Carolina. The USO of North Carolina works to enrich the lives of America’s military in the Carolinas by funding programs for warriors and their families.
During the month of February, fans brought non perishable food items, office supplies, personal care items and other needed items to PNC Arena and received a buy one, get one free ticket voucher. The truck loads of military items collected benefited hundreds of men and women in the armed services of the Carolinas.
School Supply Drive
In conjunction with Summer Fun Fest on July 22, 2012, the Hurricanes hosted a School Supply Drive to benefit the students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County. Fans donated enough supplies to fully support 500 students during the 2012-2013 school year.