We're getting a puppy! The Checkers are working with Project2Heal to help train a service dog for someone in need this season.
Throughout the season, Checkers players, coaches, front office members and fans will all play a part in the puppy’s training, as he will make appearances at select practices and games at Bojangles’ Coliseum throughout the season, including our game on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. Fans will be encouraged to meet and interact with the puppy in order to help him build the confidence he will need to eventually provide service in public settings on a daily basis.
When the puppy’s training is complete following the season, Project2Heal will place the puppy with a local veteran or child with a special need.
Checkers fans currently have the opportunity to name the puppy via a vote on the team’s Facebook page from the available choices of Charlie, Checker, Calder (after the Calder Cup) and Kelly (after Checkers legend Pat Kelly).