Persuasive Essay

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The Rockford IceHogs Electrify Rockford
Welcome to Rockford, Illinois! Rockford is the third largest city in the state of Illinois, with an estimated population of 160,000 residents. Deemed the “Forest City,” Rockford is known for its beautiful tree-filled environment that mingles among the Rock River. Located between the windy city of Chicago, and the state line of Wisconsin; Rockford is a city with an abundance of opportunities, and a great place to raise a family. Although the reputation of Rockford has fallen victim to the increase of crime rates, the amount of positive aspects throughout the community are sure to out-weigh the negative. One of the most dynamic influences on the ...view middle of the document...

Since 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cup awards, and among the victors were twelve previous IceHogs players. (Rockford Icehogs, 2014) In correlation; attendance has continued to sky-rocket. “Coming into our 16th season, the IceHogs have set an all-time record for season attendance!” exclaims a representative for the BMO Bank Center (Bmo Harris Bank Center, 2014).
Aside from the incredible entertainment factor the IceHogs bring to Rockford; they also play a critical role in the betterment of the community. The IceHogs Charitable Foundation is a foundation established to benefit local, non-profit charitable organizations throughout the Rockford community. One of the most lucrative fundraisers is the ‘Annual Charity Jersey Auction’ which allows fans to bid on game-worn and autographed jerseys. During the first twelve seasons, the IceHogs raised over 770,000 dollars to go toward charity; among that massive number, 600,000 dollars was contributed solely from the ‘Annual Charity Jersey Auction’ (Rockford Icehogs, 2014). On April 19th, 2014, BMO Harris Bank and the Rockford IceHogs donated a total of 6,000 dollars to the United Way of Rock River Valley, while also donating 2,700 pairs of socks for ‘Project Undershare’ (Schreck, 2014). Without exclusion, other fundraisers such as the annual ‘Bowl-a-Thon’ for the Sydney Ives Foundation, and the annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ for children in local hospitals (Tosti, 2013), also reflect the immense joy and dedication that this organization brings to the Rockford community. “The Team, including players, coaches, front office members, and mascots Hammy and Hammer Hog, made 183 community appearances in 2010-2011.” (Rockford Icehogs, 2014)
Not restricted to their charitable foundation, the IceHogs pride themselves on the involvement they have in youth hockey programs in the area. On August 20, 2003, the IceHogs announced a partnership with the Rockford Park District; through this partnership the Junior IceHogs youth hockey program was born. The program offers a variety of opportunities for young players to get involved with the sport of hockey, regardless of their experience. The beautiful Junior IceHogs Training Facility offers programs to enhance even the most experienced player. With a highly accredited coaching staff made up of retired professional hockey players and previous IceHog coaches Scott Burfoot and Tim Matilla, players are guaranteed to receive exceptional training. Two of the most popular programs available are the Jr. IceHog Skills and Drills Clinic and the Jr. IceHog Fundamental Camp. By joining the Junior IceHogs program, players will learn fundamentals...

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