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Community Initiatives

The Carolina Hurricanes players, broadcasters and staff take part in many philanthropic causes to improve the lives of individuals in our area. Community initiatives offer assistance and promote awareness to growing issues that affect individuals and our community as a whole.

Pick Up a Book and Read

PUBARThe Pick Up A Book and Read program headlines the Hurricanes’ educational outreach efforts. Through prizes and incentives, thousands of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders are motivated and encouraged to challenge their reading abilities. The team also works on several initiatives with local school systems and education advocacy groups including a Y-Learning Center in Durham. Additionally, the Carolina Hurricanes Promotions Department hosts in-school hockey clinics at over 35 local schools each year.

If you would like to register, view results or seek out more information on this program, please click here.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers BureauThe Carolina Hurricanes receive a number of requests for speakers throughout the year. In order to facilitate many of the requests, we are pleased to present our speakers bureau. Speakers include, but are not limited to:
  • John Forslund: Television Play-by-Play Announcer
  • Chuck Kaiton: Radio Play-by-Play Announcer
  • Davin Olsen: Vice President and General Manager of PNC Arena
The "Other Faces of the Hurricanes," comprised of staff from the organization, are also available to come to your school to read various book selections.

Contact the Community Relations department for additional information or to submit a request.

Hockey is for Everyone

Hockey is for EveryoneThe Capital City Crew is in its fifth full season as part of the NHL Hockey is for Everyone program. Thanks to grants from the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Foundation, the NHL Foundation, PNC Bank, Progress Energy, AMD, private sponsors, and equipment donations from the Community and Eric Staal, the Crew provides the full hockey experience at no cost to participants.

The roster is made up of 40 kids, ages 8-14, from local Boys and Girls Clubs and the Raleigh Youth Hockey Association. The season consisted of 15 on-ice sessions which includes practices and scrimmages and 12 sessions of the life skills program.

Toy Drive and Food Drive

Food DriveDuring the holiday season, the Hurricanes conduct their annual toy drive in hopes of bringing holiday cheer to deserving children across the state.

Fans can bring new, unwrapped toys to PNC Arena in December in exchange for buy-one-get-one ticket vouchers, autographed prizes and more. Donated toys are distributed to charities and organizations in Wake County.

Each season, the Carolina Hurricanes also hold a food drive to collect canned food and other non-perishable food items to benefit those at risk of hunger in North Carolina. Beneficiaries have included the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

USO of North Carolina Military Drive

Military DriveEach season, Hurricanes fans join together to collect items to benefit the USO of North Carolina. The USO of North Carolina works to enrich the lives of America’s military in the Carolinas by funding programs for warriors and their families.

Over the years, fans have donated non-perishable food items, office supplies, personal care items and other needed items to PNC Arena. The truck loads of military items collected benefited hundreds of men and women in the armed services of the Carolinas.

School Supply Drive

School Supply DriveThe Hurricanes host a School Supply Drive every year in conjunction with Summerfest. Fans are encouraged to donate school supplies at PNC Arena throughout the week. The School Supply Drive helps students start the school year with the tools necessary to succeed.

The 2015-2016 School Supply Drive will distribute supplies to Student U and StepUp Ministry.

Canes Playroom at Rex Hospital

Canes PlayroomThe Canes Playroom at Rex Hospital was introduced in February 2009 when the Hurricanes and Rex Hospital teamed up to provide a relaxing, therapeutic environment for children at Rex.

The playroom is located on the seventh floor of the hospital’s pediatric wing and is filled with tools for rehab, daily play and educational learning. Not only does the room boast Hurricanes memorabilia, it is also fit with a fish tank, computer station, TVs, a Wii, an arts and crafts center and a reading corner, making it impossible for any child not to enjoy.

Hurricanes Hallway

Hurricanes HallwayChildren receiving treatment at Duke Children's Hospital are greeted by a hockey mural featuring colorful cartoon characters, a "Funtron" that features photographs of the kids with their favorite players, display cases of Hurricanes memorabilia and a mini Olympia.

This entertaining and interactive area, called Hurricanes Hallway, is located adjacent to the hospital's main lobby. Funded by Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos and the Kids 'N Community Foundation, Hurricanes Hallway gives children something to look forward to when visiting the hospital.