NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame hockey team is once again partnering with the 525 Foundation’s Drop 2 Stop program.
This season’s event will take place on February 15 as the Irish take on Minnesota at the Compton Family Ice Arena (6 p.m. start time). In conjunction with the annual “Irish Wear Green” game, the Notre Dame hockey team will wear special commemorative jerseys as the program raises awareness for the 525 Foundation. The jerseys feature a green script Irish logo and interior patch with the 525 Foundation logo and will be auctioned online to benefit the foundation.
The 525 Foundation aims to raise awareness about opioid misuse and abuse. There will be an information table set up inside the main entrance at the Compton Family Ice Arena during the game with the Golden Gophers, where fans will be able to drop off expired or unneeded pills as part of the Drop 2 Stop “pill drop” program.
The partnership is spearheaded again by sophomore forward and South Bend native Graham Slaggert. Slaggert grew up playing youth hockey with the late Savage brothers, Nick and Jack, upon whom the foundation was established. The number “2” in Drop 2 Stop represents the two lives the Savage family lost due to opioid misuse and abuse.
“We’re so excited about the partnership with Notre Dame Hockey and 525 Foundation,” foundation president and co-founder Becky Savage said. “Any time we can get our message in front of new faces, it’s a win. We view events like this as an opportunity to use our story to educate more people about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse. When you can get the message in front of people, you have the potential to save a life. It’s especially meaningful to have Notre Dame hockey help spread our message. Nick and Jack both loved this sport so much.”
The following are the basic parameters for the pill drop:
- Pill Form Only
- No Liquids
- No Syringes
- No Inhalers
- No EpiPens
After playing host to Minnesota this weekend (Feb. 14-15), the Irish play at Michigan next weekend (Feb. 21-22).
Notre Dame then closes out the regular season by hosting Michigan State on February 28 and 29 at the Compton Family Ice Arena. Pittsburgh Penguins’ organist Tim DeBacco will serve as guest organist for both games against the Spartans. On February 29, Chicago Blackhawks’ anthem singer Jim Cornelison will sing the national anthem as part of the senior night festivities.
Tickets are still available for all remaining home games at UND.com/BuyTickets.
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