The Charlotte Checkers announced today that they have raised $302,629 for the community during the 2021-22 season. The team has now made $5.1 million in contributions since Michael Kahn took over the team in 2006.
The game-worn jersey auctions were once again a major fundraiser for the community, totaling over $192,000 across four different auctions throughout the season. After a successful postgame auction for “Stick Taps for Service” Night presented by Novant Health on November 6 ($29,067), the Checkers then held an auction for Charlotte Night presented by The Independence Fund on January 15 ( $32,481) and St. Patrick’s Day presented by Helacious on March 17 ($46,416) – the latter being a record for the most the team has ever raised at a single jersey auction. Immediately after the season, the main red jerseys worn throughout the season raised $38,491 in an online auction.
Other auctions held throughout the season benefited Ukraine’s Save our Allies relief fund and various LGBTQ and diversity support groups at the annual Hockey is for Everyone game.
The Checkers also made approximately $70,000 in monetary and in-kind donations to more than 60 different nonprofits, schools and charities during the season.
Checkers fans have contributed to the team’s community efforts through several campaigns held at various games. The annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by Novant Health allowed the Checkers to donate approximately 4,000 stuffed animals to caring children over the holiday season. Checkers also held a canned food drive with Farm Bureau Insurance, a diaper drive to benefit March of Dimes, a toy drive for Novant Health’s Hemby Children’s Hospital, a school supply drive for Classroom Central and a winter jacket drive for Steve’s Coats for Kids at the WSOC.
Since joining the league prior to the 2010-11 season, the Checkers have won the American Hockey League’s Excellence in Community Service Award three times (2011, 2014, 2015).