The IceHogs traded in their ice skates for bowling shoes on Sunday. Players, coaches, and staff tried their best to knock down pins for a good cause with fans during the team’s annual Bowl-A-Thon at the Cherry Bowl.
“For me it’s big,” says IceHogs defenseman Erik Gustafsson. “You know they come to every game we play. So whatever we can do for our fans is great.”
The IceHogs Charitable Foundation teamed up with local nonprofit Brovember Inc. to raise money and awareness about prostate cancer and men’s health.
The IceHogs are a great organization to work with,” says Brovember Inc. founder and president Dave Armstrong. “They do so many things in the community, and to have apart of it is really good.”
Brovember Inc. was established in Rockford. The non-profit raises money for prostate cancer research. The money goes directly to the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. So all the proceeds stay right here.
“For prostate cancer the current treatment options available are not effective,” says University of Illinois College of Medicine associate professor Dr. Gnanasekar Munirathinam. “So our lab is interested in developing new treatment options for advanced prostate cancer patients. So for that we need support.”
The IceHogs and Brovember Inc. weren’t the only ones benefiting for the Bowl-A-Thon. Hogs’ fans got to spend one-on-one time with the players they root for all season long.
“The energy and everything It’s so cool to get that one-on-one because when we go to the games I’ll be screaming Vinnie as he goes by,” says IceHogs fan Kristie Lagondino. “But to like actually get to all the players in person it’s just it’s a dream come true.”
“It’s just a great opportunity to say thank you for everything they for us and come to the games and stuff.”
Brovember Inc. has more charitable events coming up in the near future. You can get more information on their Facebook page.