When the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team scored their first goal of the night Friday, amid the usual cheers of the hometown crowd, hundreds of teddy bears rained down onto the ice. The Sound Tigers have sponsored teddy bear tosses in the past, but this year, for the first time, the bears are going to children sponsored through the CEF Holiday Bear Project.
“It was a lot of fun. Fans were excited about the bear toss,” said CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas, who serves as president of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF).
Even though the Sound Tigers ended up losing 3-2 to the Hartford Wolf Pack, the teddy bear toss warmed fans’ hearts.
“We’re very grateful that the Sound Tigers are donating the more than 300 bears they received to our Holiday Bear project,” Nicholas said. Some fans brought new teddy bears they had purchased elsewhere, and others bought bears at the game.
Nicholas had a booth at the game and explained to fans that the Holiday Bear project delivers gifts and holiday cheer to Connecticut’s neediest children—students who have been nominated by teachers aware of their families’ needs.