The Charlotte Checkers Weren’t The Only Winners On March 17th

When you head toward Bojangles Coliseum for a Charlotte Checkers game you will usually be cheering in a sea of red and black. Well, that’s not the case on March 17th – A.K.A. St. Patrick’s Day! The local hockey team and all the fans jump into the spirit of the Irish and almost everyone, including Chubby Checker, celebrated the evening by wearing as much green and clovers as possible.

During this special event, we celebrated the 4th year of our partnership with the Charlotte Checkers in which we provide a Day Dream Experience for Charlotte, NC area kids living with special needs. With the support our referral partners Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital, Levine Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital, The Arc of NC, InReach and DDR, we hosted over 50 children and their families for an incredible hockey experience!

Day Dream Kids took to the ice prior to the game and were able to watch the Checkers players warm up in their special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys. One lucky Day Dreamer was also selected to be the official puck dropper and he did a great job kicking the game off!

Other special opportunities included  a Zamboni ride, and a ride around the ice in the Checkmate Car. The crowed was pumped but not nearly as much as our Day Dream Kids!

The entire event was a blast but a 4-2 win definitely topped off the night!

We are grateful for local organizations like the Charlotte Checkers that help us create magical moments for kids facing tough medical issues. These opportunities not only put big smiles on the faces of our Dream Kids and their families, it also bring families together that might not otherwise have ever connected. Thank you to the Charlotte Checkers for making sure that everyone was a winner on this night!

Finally, a special thank you to the HKB Surgery Centers who sponsored the 2018 Checkers Day Dream. We couldn’t make dreams come true without generous community sponsors getting in the huddle with us!