Sign up by March 12 to bowl with IceHogs

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

I recently joked that there should be a sport where bowlers compete on ice instead of on the normal wooden or synthetic lanes. Someone must have been listening. Although it’s not exactly what I was talking about, it’s close. Soon, fans can go bowling with members of the Rockford IceHogs.

From 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 21, at Cherry Bowl in Cherry Valley, the IceHogs are hosting a bowl-a-thon for charity. The ’Hogs Bowl-A-Thon will benefit Huntington’s Disease and all proceeds raised that afternoon will go to the Huntington’s Disease Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford.

“Huntington’s Disease has affected me and my family as my dad and brother both have it,” said IceHogs captain Jake Dowell. “Any way to raise awareness and help find a cure for it is great. I appreciate the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford helping us with this benefit, and hopefully we can raise a lot of money for their new Huntington’s Disease Clinic.”

Registration is $40 per bowler or $150 per team of four. Fans can sign up for the IceHogs Bowl-A-Thon at any IceHogs home game at the Rockford MetroCentre at the U.S. Cellular Fan Zone, or by calling Nate Haeni at the IceHogs office at (815) 847-6381.

All registered bowlers will receive three games of bowling (nine pin), shoe and ball rental, goodie bag, a raffle ticket and access to the exclusive autograph session with the IceHogs players following the bowling. Plus, the first 100 bowlers, or 25 teams, to register are guaranteed to be matched with an IceHogs player or coach. The deadline to register is 5 p.m., Friday, March 12.

Raffle prizes include a team autographed stick, a pair of tickets to the final four IceHogs regular season games, Blackhawks tickets, Ice Box Seats, eight tickets to a club box and access to the Dental Dimensions Club Lounge and four framed photos of IceHogs players, courtesy of team photographer Greg Hamil.

Fans interested in attending the event but not interested in bowling can purchase a $10 ticket that includes a raffle ticket and access to the autograph session.

The IceHogs will hold a Premium Raffle as well. The Premium Raffle tickets will be good for a suite night at an IceHogs game, a chance to win one of two game-worn IceHogs jerseys or a pair of 20-Pack tickets for the 2010-11 season. Premium Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 or five for $20.

If you have any questions regarding the IceHogs Bowl-A-Thon, contact Haeni at (815) 847-6381.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Mar. 10-16, 2010 issue

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