UML River Hawks

River Hawks involved in holiday charity drives.

Fans are asked to support three great causes: Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Restore Hockey and the UMass Lowell Student Veterans Organization

LOWELL, MA (NOV. 26, 2010) – UMass Lowell has partnered with a trio of charitable organizations in an effort to assist those in need this holiday season.  Fans planning to attend any of the River Hawks upcoming hockey games in November and December or the Holiday Hoop Slam on December 11 are encouraged to bring items to support these great causes.

The Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc. (MVFB) is one of four food banks in Massachusetts and provides food and supplies to 27 communities throughout northeastern MA and southern NH. Donations for the MVFB will be accepted at all River Hawk events at the Tsongas Center through December 11. Anyone who donates at a hockey game will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a game-used hockey stick signed by the River Hawks and anyone who donates at the Holiday Hoop Slam will be entered to win a basketball autographed by the UMass Lowell men’s and women’s teams.

Restore Hockey is working with Hockey East and its member schools to make ice hockey more accessible throughout New England. On Thursday, December 2 as the River Hawks host #6 New Hampshire, Restore Hockey will host a collection drive for used hockey equipment in the lobby of the Tsongas Center. All equipment collected will be restored and sanitized before being donated free of charge to local youth hockey programs.

The UMass Lowell Student Veterans Organization is planning its annual Holiday Care Package Drive for troops overseas. The group will be hosting their fundraiser in conjunction with the River Hawks hockey game on Thursday, December 2. The SVO will have a table in the lobby and on the concourse as fans are encouraged to donate any items from their wish list. In addition, the organization is selling discounted tickets at $10/each for Thursday’s game. All profits from their ticket sales will go directly to the cause. To purchase, please contact David Boyd (david_boyd1@student.uml.edu) for more information. Anyone buying tickets from the SVO will be entered to win the Lowell Cooperative Bank Seat Upgrade of the Game!

Merrimack Valley Food Bank donations will be accepted at the following event(s):

·        Hockey vs. Minnesota State Mankato – November 26 at 7:00 p.m.

·        Hockey vs. Minnesota State Mankato – November 27 at 4:00 p.m.

·        Hockey vs. New Hampshire – December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

·        Basketball vs. Merrimack (2010 Holiday Hoop Slam) – December 11 at 5:00/7:00 p.m.

Restore Hockey donations will be accepted at the following event(s):

·        Hockey vs. New Hampshire – December 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Student Veterans Organization donations will be accepted at the following event(s):

·        Hockey vs. New Hampshire – December 2 at 7:00 p.m.