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Hawks in the Community

Want to learn more about the Winterhawks’ Community Programs? Check out the list below to find out what the Hawks are up to in the greater Portland community! For more information on any of these programs, or to find out how your organization or school can become involved, contact Lesley Dawson at lesleyd@winterhawks.com.

Take a look at our 2015-16 Community Report by clicking on the image below!

Community Report Cover

Winterhawks Join Portland Public Schools “Read Together” Initiative

Read Across America Visits 2016The Winterhawks have joined Portland Public Schools Read Together initiative that promotes literacy in elementary schools, with the goal to have each student read by third grade. In 2015-16, the Winterhawks hosted a book drive to benefit Portland Public Schools and PPS Head Start’s Family Literacy Program.

In March, Winterhawks players fanned out to five local elementary schools as part of the national Read Across America Day, in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration, to read to kids in their classrooms and talk about the importance of reading in everyone’s lives. Click here to read more about the 2016 Read Across America Visits, and click here for photos of the visits.

Floor Hockey & Physical Fitness

We would love to conduct a floor hockey clinic at your school! We can run your PE class, or conduct an afterschool clinic. Hockey is a fun and unique way to be physically active. Kids of all ages will have fun playing floor hockey. We have all the necessary gear — we just need kids and a place to play to bring the fun to you and it’s completely FREE!

Speakers Bureau

The Winterhawks love to talk hockey. If your school, class, club, or group is looking for a guest speaker, give us a shot! Hockey is an exciting sport so we don’t have any shortage of enthusiasm when it comes to sharing stories and knowledge. To schedule a speaker, contact Lesley Dawson at lesleyd@winterhawks.com.

Teddy Bear Toss

The Teddy Bear Toss is one of the most popular Winterhawks games each year. Fans are encouraged to bring teddy bears to the game and when the Hawks score their first goal, fans throw the bears on the ice! All bears are donated to local charities, hospitals, and organizations that benefit the area’s at-risk population. If your organization is interested in receiving bear donations, please contact lesleyd@winterhawks.com.

2016 Teddy Bear Toss

Hospital Visits

Each year, Winterhawks players visit Shriner’s, Randall Children’s, and the VA Hospital to hand out teddy bears from the Teddy Bear Toss, along with toys from the Les Schwab Toy Drive, talk with the patients, and spread cheer! Check out photos from last year’s visits here.

2015-16 Hospital Visit

Shop With a Hawk

The Winterhawks have partnered with the Sunshine Division and the team’s Booster Club to provide new toys and clothes for local kids in need. At the annual Shop With a Hawk, each player is matched with an elementary schooler and they shop for items at Fred Meyer using funds generously donated by the Booster Club. Check out photos from the 2015 Shop With a Hawk here!

For information on Tom-a-Hawk appearances, click here. Contact lesleyd@winterhawks.com with any other questions or community-based requests.