As Kraken gear takes over Seattle, the team’s newest item directly supports the future of hockey.
In partnership with Black Girl Hockey Club, the Kraken is selling beanies to fund the nonprofit’s scholarship program to help Black girls and young women afford the costs of playing hockey. The dark blue beanies, with pink-stitched Kraken and BGHC logos, sold out in four hours when they initially went on sale Thursday, the team said. But the Kraken plan to release more merchandise and continue extending the line to other pieces in the coming months.
Black Girl Hockey Club’s scholarship program supports the hockey aspirations of girls and young women, ages 9 to 18, across the country and locally.
The scholarship’s first local award of $1,000 was given to Maealie Glanzer, who plays defense for the Whatcom County Amateur Hockey Association and the 12U Seattle Junior Lady Admirals. Glanzer told BGHC that she “dreams of going to the Olympics with the USA Women’s Hockey Team one day.”
“From the beginning, our organization has strived toward making hockey a place where everyone can feel welcomed,” said De’Aira Anderson, a Kraken corporate communications manager, in a message to The Times. “Black Girl Hockey Club was a natural partner to help us work toward that goal and we are so excited to see the response to the launch of our exclusive BGHC x Seattle Kraken clothing line (Thursday) at our retail locations.”
Across multiple award levels, the scholarships support seasonal costs, tournament participation, equipment needs and hockey camps.
The Kraken’s partnership with Black Girl Hockey Club also led the team to take a “Get Uncomfortable” social media pledge to “disrupt racism on and off the ice” late last year.
As the Kraken awaits future releases of the exclusive beanie and other BGHC clothing, the team asks everyone to consider making a donation to BGHC’s scholarship program.