The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, were very active in the Greenville community and surrounding areas during the month of May. With the 2016-2017 season in the rear-view mirror, the Swamp Rabbits front office shifted its focus from working home games to giving back to local organizations and nonprofits as a thank you for one of the best seasons in franchise history.
There was no break between the finale of the Swamp Rabbits season and the beginning of summer community events. The schedule kicked off on Saturday May 6th the Rotary Club of Greenville Evening hosted the annual Reedy River Duck Derby. The Swamp Rabbits helped sponsor the event and were on site with the Dew Street Hockey Zone and hundreds of families had the opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful weather to play some street hockey. The Duck Derby, which is one of the biggest annual events in Downtown Greenville, helped raise money for local Upstate Charities.
In an effort to raise funds and awareness for Susan G. Komen South Carolina, members of the Swamp Rabbits front office participated in the annual Pink Bowl at Star Lanes in Greenville. The evening was full of fun bowling, great silent auction items and good times for all in attendance. The tournament raised $9500 for breast cancer research! If you are interested in becoming more involved in Susan G Komen, click here for more information.
Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union again teamed up with the Swamp Rabbits to present the “Little Saver” program, where one lucky child in attendance per game would receive one dollar for every save the Swamp Rabbits goaltender made that night. On May 12th, Stomper invited all of the Little Savers out to Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union to open up their saving accounts and learn about budgeting and smart spending. Click here for more information on how Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union can help you with all your banking needs.
On February 19th, the Swamp Rabbits hosted its annual Scholars Book Club game. This game rewarded students who read 3 books during the program with a free ticket to the game. The team makes it a point to promote reading and education all season long and these efforts continue into the offseason. On May 15th, Community Engagement Coordinator James Kalinowski brought everyone’s favorite Swamp Rabbit, Stomper to Community Readers Day at Monaview Elementary.
The 3M Plant in Greenville hosted its annual Safety and Healthy Lifestyles Fair on May 16th and 17th. The event rewarded plant employees and their families with an outdoor event with great food and the opportunity to browse local businesses that promote healthy and safe lifestyles. The Swamp Rabbits brought the Dew Street Hockey Zone out to the fair for 3M’s employees to take a break from the work day to play some street hockey and win some Swamp Rabbits prizes! Click here to book the Dew Street Hockey Zone at your next event.
All season, The Swamp Rabbits organization is active in The Mauldin Miracle League. This baseball league provides children and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. The teams play their games at Sunset Park in Mauldin, where there is a special field built for special needs baseball players. This night was especially fun because there was a hot air balloon on site for players to ride in. Stomper even jumped in for a little while! They have games on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings and are always looking for volunteers to help. For volunteer opportunities and other information click here!
Big Break Warrior Edition is an annual event hosted by Upstate Warrior Solution at Thornblade Club. The event is held the day before the BMW Celebrity Pro Am. In this golf skills contest, teams are comprised of a Web.com Tour pro golfer, a celebrity, an amateur, a wounded veteran and a junior golfer. Swamp Rabbits forward Brodie Dupont joined one of the teams and enjoyed a fun day of golf challenges. Among the players on Dupont’s team, dubbed the Swamp Rabbits Rangers, was Sergeant Jeremy Grotler who served from 2007-13 in the United States Marine Corps infantry. Grotler sustained injuries while on deployment to Afghanistan and medically retired. The event raised over $30,000 to help local veterans find housing, employment and other resources to assist in the transition into civilian life. For a full story on the event, and how to become more involved, click here.
The Swamp Rabbits front office staff and Stomper took it to the streets for the Mountains to Main Street “Run with the Rabbits” 5K. The race started at the Swamp Rabbit Café and ended at the TD Stage behind the Peace Center. Stomper ran the 1K race with the kids and finished! The race helped raise money for SaBaR Charities who collaborate local organizations to help promote healthy lifestyles in The Upstate.
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Stanley Cup Finals Watch Party: Join the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Thursday, June 8th for a Stanley Cup Finals Watch Party. Festivities will kick off at 7:30 PM at Dave & Busters (1025 Woodruff Road). Swamp Rabbits forward Tristan King will be in attendance to mingle with fans. All attendees will receive a $20 for $20 coupon and be entered to win raffle prizes!
Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for information on 2017-18 season tickets and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!