"I believe that it is critical, especially in this economical recession, that all able citizens within their community give something back, be it through donation or through volunteering. The Teddy Bear Toss is a very important reminder of the spirit of giving and that there are people out there who need help. This spreads hope and is spiritually fulfilling to support PEACE Inc. and Vera House," said Devon Colclough, a senior on the team and this year's player-coordinator.
"Holding the Teddy bear Toss is one event where the players, booster club members and fans can come together to do something for their community, the same community that has supported them without question," said Linda Earle, long-time board member and parent of Brett, a senior player on the team. "It isn't enough that young adults see their parents contributing in booster clubs, volunteer coaching, and/or other self supporting events. They need to experience giving without receiving."
The teddy bear toss originated in hockey minor leagues in Canada. The record for the most number of bears tossed is 26,919 at the home game of the Calgary Hitmen in December 2007.
Bring a teddy bear, come to the game, cheer on the Bees and support a good cause.
(From left) Ryan Scott, Justin Newman, Connor Bertrand, Sam Lane, Brian Tedd (kneeling), Andrew Tiner, Mike McElwain, Mark Miller and Dan Briggs prepare to throw teddy bears on the ice.