The Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Blackhawk Alumni & Friends Charity Softball Classic presented by BMO Harris Bank, which will take place on Sun., Sept. 14 at Saint Xavier University (SXU).
Join Blackhawks greats like Jack O’Callahan, Brian Noonan, Reid Simpson, Cliff Koroll, Murray Bannerman, Troy Murray, Reggie Kerr, Grant Mulvey, Mark Lavarre, and many others as they come together to support Chicago police and firefighter charities.
This event is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Richard R. Ferrell Memorial Field at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Admission is free and gates open at 11 a.m.
The event benefits the Chicago Firefighters’ EMWQ Retirees’ Widows’ and Children’s Assistance Fund, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, and other related police and fire charities. During the past six years, the Blackhawk Alumni and Friends have raised more than $300,000 for the families of the Chicago Police and Fire Department. The event has also brought attention to the challenges faced by many of these families in their time of need.
Chicago Blackhawks current players and alumni will “face-off” in a 16-inch softball game with members of the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department. The event also features the annual CFD vs. CPD City-Wide 16-inch Softball Championship. The event marks the fifth year BMO Harris has served as a presenting sponsor. Other major sponsors include CME Group, WGN TV and Radio, Saint Xavier University, Jewel/Osco and Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Families can enjoy food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as an inflatable play-area and games for children, raffles, and autographs from players. Special units from the Chicago Police and Fire Departments are scheduled to participate and a variety of antique fire and police equipment will be on display.
Mark your calendars and plan to join in this premier event on Sept. 14. For more information, please visit: www.widowsandchildren.org.
Congratulations go out to Elek Wellman of Sacred Heart/Griffin High School in Springfield, Grace Hwang of New Trier High School and Daniel Lorden of Jones College Prep in Chicago on being named the recipients of the 2014 Blackhawk Alumni Association Scholarship.
The Blackhawk Alumni Association (BHAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the three most deserving high school hockey players in Illinois. Awards are determined from a candidate's level of community service, volunteerism, good citizenship, academic performance as well as the hockeytalent of the individual who receives an annual $5,000.00 scholarship over four years.
All of us here in Illinois are proud of their accomplishments in the classroom, in the community and on the ice.
In 1987, a group of retired Blackhawk players got together to discuss their future in the Chicago community. Their main objective was to "give something back" to Chicago and to the sport of hockey. In that meeting they developed a three-fold mission statement for the non-profit Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association.