It’s already the end of May, and the National Sports Center (NSC) is showing its first signs of spring: The velodrome is open, tournament season is in full swing and the newest crop of NSC interns has arrived on campus.
Schwan’s USA CUP is blessed to have dedicated volunteers who have been serving the tournament for years. Some were around at the beginning, 33 years ago. In fact, the core group of volunteers is so tight and dependable that volunteers and staff think of themselves as a family.
Annual tournament at Schwan Super Rink raises funds to benefit breast cancer research
Blaine, Minn. (April 11, 2017) – The tone of the conversations at the 19th annual Stick it to Cancer hockey tournament at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, April 7-9, varied from passionate laughter to equally passionate tears. That’s the way it is at the one hockey tournament each year when hockey isn’t necessarily the most important thing on players’ minds.
The mission of the all-female Stick it to Cancer tournament is to raise funds, and awareness, to fight breast cancer. And for many players, coaches and fans, it’s a personal fight.
Annual hockey tournament at Schwan Super Rink April 7-9 will raise funds to fight breast cancer
Blaine, Minn. (April 5, 2017) – Organizers of the Stick it to Cancer hockey tournament this weekend at the Schwan Super Rink at National Sports Center in Blaine announced the names of the cancer victims and survivors who will be honored with their name on a competition division.
Several years ago, tournament organizers started naming the competition divisions after family and friends of players who had passed away from cancer. The tournament now also honors cancer survivors. Honorees are nominated by participants in the tournament.
On March 22, the National Sports Center hosted a screening of the documentary film “Chasing the Dragon,” a film produced by the FBI that documents the current epidemic of opioid addiction in the U.S. The film was introduced by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, a leader in the effort to prevent prescription painkiller abuse in Minnesota.
The film tells the stories of six victims of addiction, told in their own words. Their stories are tragic and grim. It’s not an optimistic film, but experts say it’s essential the information they share is publicized, especially with young people.