No Admission Charge; Bulldogs Hope to Pack Ingalls Rink as Fundraiser for Mandi Schwartz Foundation
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The "White Out for Mandi" Yale women's ice hockey game at Ingalls Rink on Saturday, Jan. 26, is now scheduled to include an appearance by PK Subban, the NHL free agent who has spent parts of the past three seasons playing for the Montreal Canadiens. The Toronto native will sign autographs as part of the fundraiser for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation. The goal is to pack Ingalls Rink, with everyone wearing white, as a "White Out for Mandi" show of support.
The game, which starts at 4:00 p.m., also includes a special presentation. Carol and Rick Schwartz, parents of Mandi Schwartz '10 (1988-2011), will travel to the game from their home in Wilcox, Sask., to present ECAC Hockey's Mandi Schwartz Award, given annually to the conference's student-athlete of the year. The award winner, announced at the conclusion of last season, is Yale's Aleca Hughes '12. Hughes, Yale's former captain, started the Mandi Schwartz Foundation in memory of Mandi, the Bulldogs center who passed away in April 2011 after battling cancer for more than two years.
The team is currently lining up pledges from donors based on the attendance total, so each person that shows up helps raise money for the cause. No admission will be charged, and donations for the Foundation will also be accepted at the door. Special white t-shirts will be sold, and youth hockey teams are encouraged to come wearing white jerseys. The Bulldogs will honor Mandi in a special ceremony.
The game also features an auction, with items including:
The event will also help raise awareness of the need for marrow donors and umbilical cord blood donors. In an effort to save her life, Mandi had a stem cell transplant utilizing blood from two anonymous umbilical cord blood donations. Stem cells for patients with life-threatening illnesses like Mandi's can also come from marrow donors. Yale hosts an annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive every spring to add potential donors to the Be The Match® Registry. To date, at least 14 matches for patients in need of transplants have been identified through those efforts. One of those matches was a Yale field hockey player, senior Lexy Adams.
The attendance record for a women's hockey game at Ingalls Rink is 1,539, set on Nov. 1, 2005, when Team USA played an exhibition game against the ECAC Hockey All-Stars. The first "White Out for Mandi" drew a crowd of 1,066, the most ever for a Yale women's hockey game. The capacity of Ingalls Rink is 3,500.
The weekend of Jan. 25-26 is also Alumnae Weekend at Ingalls Rink.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity