Teddy Bear Toss to be held at Friday night’s MTU v. NMU hockey game

A group holds donated teddy bears after the 2017 Teddy Bear Toss at Northern Michigan University. The Teddy Bear Toss, organized by the NMU Student Athlete Advisory Committee, collects teddy bears and other stuffed animals to be donated to local children in need through The Mining Journal’s Cheer Club. This year’s Teddy Bear Toss will be held Friday at the Michigan Tech vs. NMU hockey game at the Berry Events Center. Attendees of the game are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal to toss. (Photo courtesy of Casey Thousand)

MARQUETTE — For those who wish to donate to children in need over the holidays while enjoying a hockey game, the Teddy Bear Toss will be held at Friday night at the Northern Michigan University vs. Michigan Tech hockey game, which starts at 7 in the Berry Events Center.

The Teddy Bear Toss, sponsored by the NMU Student Athlete Advisory Committee, will collect teddy bears to be donated to The Mining Journal’s Cheer Club, which will then be given to the Salvation Army of Marquette County and St. Vincent de Paul for distribution to local families who are in need over the holiday season.

“I think it’s a huge opportunity for people to give back, this is the season of giving and this is another way to give back to people who are less fortunate,” Student Athlete Advisory Committee Advisor and NMU Women’s Basketball Coach Casey Thousand said.

All who attend are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal of any type to the game, as the toys will be collected for local children after they’re tossed on to the ice at the beginning of the game’s second intermission, organizers said.

The Teddy Bear Toss, which the Student Athlete Advisory Committee holds annually, is a way for the community and student athletes alike to work together to help those who are in need, Thousand said.

“It’s awesome for our student athletes to get involved and have the opportunity to donate and give back to our youth who are maybe a little less fortunate than our student athletes, so it’s a great community involvement opportunity,” she said,

Student athletes enjoy the opportunity to get involved and give back, especially during the holiday season, she said.

“I think we have a great group of student athletes who work hard both on the court and off the court and this is one of many things that they love to for the Marquette community,” she said.

For those who may not be able to attend Friday night’s game but wish to donate, Thousand encourages them to drop off donated teddy bears and stuffed animals to the Berry Events Center during the day Friday.

For more information on The Mining Journal’s Cheer Club, call 906-228-2500.

Cecilia Brown can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248.