Preds Launch Smashville Donates Campaign, Hockey Fights Cancer Month

To kick off Hockey Fights Cancer Month, an initiative created by the NHL and the NHLPA to unite the hockey community in support of cancer patients …

“The Nashville Predators Foundation is proud to support the League’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative through the launch of Smashville Donates because to us, Hockey Fights Cancer is all year long,” Nashville Predators Vice President of Community Relations Rebecca King said. “Although we’re heartbroken that we can’t host our Hockey Fights Cancer Games right now, we’re also confident that all of Smashville will rally behind the Smashville Donates campaign in support of the 365 Fund and the Children’s Hospital. In addition to raising these critical funds, we also look forward to taking time each day to relive some of the inspiring moments and memories from past years.”

Through the Smashville Donates campaign, the Predators Foundation is excited to offer fans a variety of opportunities to join the fight against cancer, both virtually and in person. Each donation, no matter the size, will directly benefit the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily.

How to Support the Smashville Donates Campaign:

  • Make a donation to the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily.
  • Purchase a lavender “I FIGHT FOR” foam puck in honor, or in memory, of someone fighting cancer. For $10, one puck will be shipped to the buyer and one will be added to the Hockey Fights Cancer net at Ford Ice Center Bellevue, which represents all those we are fighting for in Smashville. Pucks can also be purchased in-person at the Twice Daily Grab & Go at Ford Ice Bellevue.
  • Bid on items in the silent auction by texting PREDS to 76278. New items will be added every week and include Zoom calls with Pete Weber, player-signed apparel and more! There will also be items for purchase at NashvillePredators.com/365Fund including Hockey Fights Cancer t-shirts, bracelets, magnets and beanies, Team Peks hats and puzzles featuring players from the 2017 Western Conference Champions team.
  • Follow the Predators Foundation on social media @PredsFoundation (Twitter and Instagram) and follow along as they highlight one cancer warrior each day. The Predators Foundation will also feature a wide range of content showcasing Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives from past seasons.
  • When at Ford Ice Center Antioch or Bellevue, fill out one of our “I FIGHT FOR” signs, which will be hung at each facility! The lavender signs can also be printed here.
  • Help Turn Cancer Upside Down™ while enjoying a Scott Hamilton & Friends Exhibition at Ford Ice Center Bellevue. Local skaters fundraised for cancer research to earn performance slots in the show, which will take place at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 21. Special guests, National Champions Gracie Gold, Alissa Czisny and Jeremy Abbott will round out the cast. Learn more at ScottCARES.org.

Additional Hockey Fights Cancer Month Initiatives:

  • The Predators Foundation will facilitate weekly Zoom calls through Seacrest Studios with our players. In place of their beloved, in-person visits, multiple players, including Pekka Rinne, began making these virtual calls at the start of the pandemic.
  • In addition to the ‘I FIGHT FOR’ puck net residing at Ford Ice Center Bellevue, the 365 Fund Hockey Fights Cancer Remission Bell will be on display at Ford Ice Center Antioch. We encourage all cancer survivors to ring the bell!
  • Bridgestone Arena will be lit up in lavender every night of November, except Nov. 5 when the arena will participate in “Light the World in Teal” for Alzheimer’s awareness.

About the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund Presented by Twice Daily:

The 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily was created during the 2012-13 season by Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne and former captain Shea Weber in partnership with the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub. The partnership raises funds and awareness for the vital cancer research that takes place at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Since the fund’s inception, donations totaling more than $3 million in cash and in-kind gifts have been made to the hospital and its programs. Additionally, the 365 Fund collaborates with the Nashville Predators organization to brighten the lives of the hospital’s young patients and their families by offering opportunities to meet members of the Predators team and experience the joy of hockey games in Smashville. For more information on the 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily, or to donate, please visit NashvillePredators.com/365Fund.

About the Nashville Predators Foundation Empowered by SmileDirectClub:

The Predators Foundation has partnered with Nashville-based SmileDirectClub in an ongoing effort to meet educational, social, health and cultural needs throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The Predators Foundation is devoted to using its platform and influence from its affiliation with professional sports to serve the needs of the community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations. Since its inception in 1998, the Predators Foundation has awarded $7.2 million in grants to the greater Nashville community. During the 2019-20 season alone, the Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, Ford Ice Centers and Predators Foundation contributed more than $4 million in cash and in-kind gifts throughout the Nashville community and surrounding areas. To learn more about the Nashville Predators Foundation empowered by SmileDirectClub and to see a list of upcoming events, visit NashvillePredators.com/Foundation.

About Hockey Fights Cancer:

Since the inception of the Hockey Fights Cancer in 1998, a joint initiative with the NHL and NHLPA, the Hockey Fights Cancer programs of the National Hockey League Foundation (in the US) and the NHL Foundation (in Canada), along with NHL supporters and fans, have donated more than $28 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local charities. Lavender, the official color of Hockey Fights Cancer™, represents all cancers and will be featured prominently throughout the campaign. To join the conversation, use the official hashtag #HockeyFightsCancer. Each of the National Hockey League Foundation and NHL Foundation retain full discretion and control over all funds received by it.