The Waterloo Black Hawks will meet the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for the 20th consecutive head-to-head Thanksgiving matchup this Thursday.
Each year when the teams have played on the holiday, the first Black Hawks goal of the game has been the catalyst for the annual Teddy Bear Toss, presented by K98.5 FM. Over the years, thousands of plush toys have been launched onto the ice. Following that memorable flight, they are collected and donated to local causes to help children in need. This year, the destinations for those toys include Toys for Tots, Furries 4 Fosters, and People’s Community Health Clinic.
“This is one of the great hockey traditions, and in Waterloo, we’re thrilled that fans have embraced the Teddy Bear Toss for our traditional Thanksgiving game,” explained Black Hawks President of Business Operations Joe Greene. “It is one more example of Black Hawks fans showing tremendous generosity and sometimes even getting a little competitive to see who can bring the biggest bear or the most bears.’’
After having the largest crowd of the 2019/20 season to date last Saturday versus Cedar Rapids, the Hawks expect an even better audience Thursday. However, good seats are still available. Families ordering group tickets in a block of 10 or more can receive rates of $11-$15 per seat by calling the Domino’s Black Hawks Box Office at (319) 291-7680 or visiting the team’s offices at Young Arena.
Toys for Tots began in 1947 and today has chapters across the country which collect new, unwrapped toys and then distribute those toys to less fortunate children at Christmas. Furries 4 Fosters is a Cedar Valley organization which helps make kids’ transition to foster homes a little more comfortable by giving them a new stuffed animal and blanket to hold onto. Peoples Community Health Clinic is a nonprofit health care clinic which provides access to affordable, compassionate, high quality health care for all, while helping to improve the health of the community as a whole.