On Feb. 10, the Fayetteville Marksmen held their first ever “Pink in the Rink” game – a breast cancer awareness game that benefited the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation. Fundraising efforts included donating portions of ticket sales and proceeds from their postgame jersey auction. The rink was literally turned pink, as fans of the Marksmen and members of the community were able to come out before the game to share messages of hope on the ice in pink paint. At the end, the Marksmen presented $2,500 to the Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation.
The Marksmen knew when they began their inaugural season that giving back to their new community would be an integral part of their plan. “Pink in the Rink” was not the first time fans could attend a local sporting event that was more than just a game.
In November the Marksmen held a “Teddy Bear Toss,” which benefited local children’s hospitals. Fans tossed teddy bears onto the ice after the team scored their first goal. Over 700 bears were donated. The “Pooch Party” in January allowed fans to bring their dogs to the game, but it also helped dogs who were looking for homes. Multiple adoptable dogs left the game with a new family.
The Marksmen have also reached out to the community in other ways, including their “Scout Night,” which allowed local Boy Scout troops to spend the night at the Crown after attending a game.
While the season is coming to a close, there’s still plenty of time left to experience the excitement that comes with attending a Marksmen hockey game. There are also many other games left that share the same connection – giving back to and celebrating our community.
Feb. 22 is “Education Day,” where local schools can bring their students to a daytime game and learn the connection hockey has to science and technology. Feb. 24 is “Faith Night,” where the Marksmen will have a diaper toss to benefit the Fayetteville Dream Center’s diaper bank, which provides diapers to low-income families. March 10 is “Military Appreciation Night,” which celebrates the local military community by giving all military and their families “best seat available” tickets for just $10.
Keep up with the Marksmen and their schedule by visiting marksmenhockey.com, and purchase tickets through their website or by calling 910-321-0123.