Toss a teddy bear, help Bozeman-area young people.

Bobcats fans at Montana State’s December 18 game against South Dakota have the opportunity to Worthington Arena’s first Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are encouraged to bring or purchase at the arena (a limited number available) teddy bears, thrown onto the floor at halftime. Bobcat Athletics and Bank of Bozeman volunteers will gather the new and gently used teddy bears and distribute at Camp Braveheart next summer through Eagle Mount Bozeman, a local organization providing quality therapeutic recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and young people with cancer.

“We are honored to partner with Montana State University athletics and Bank of Bozeman for this unique opportunity to bring awareness and comfort to the youth that we serve at Eagle Mount. The community has always been integral to the success of our programs and the opportunities that we provide to our neighbors, friends and family members with disabilities and children fighting cancer. We are grateful and look forward to this awesome event,” said Heather Collins, Eagle Mount Development Director.

Those unable to attend the December 18 game may drop teddy bears off at the Bank of Bozeman on December 13 from 12:30-3 pm, Bobcat mascot Champ will pose with fans of all ages during this drop-off event prior to the Teddy Bear Toss.

“We are excited to partner with Eagle Mount and Montana State Athletics to bring this inaugural event to Bozeman and raise awareness for Camp Braveheart and the work that Eagle Mount does in this community,” said Bank of Bozeman President, Clinton Gerst.

MontanaState_property-logo-image“We’re looking forward to this first-ever Teddy Bear Toss at Worthington Arena and excited about what we anticipate will be a tremendous vehicle to provide an overwhelming amount of teddy bears to Eagle Mount and specifically, Camp Braveheart,” said Quinn Pacini, general manager for Bobcat Sports Properties, MSU Athletics’ multimedia rightsholder. “We are grateful to great corporate partners like Bank of Bozeman, who was enthusiastic about supporting this effort as another way to give back to the community. Eagle Mount is a deserving beneficiary and it’s been fun creating enthusiasm for this event.”

Camp Braveheart is a camp for children ages five to 10 years old, and their immediate families, who are or have undergone cancer treatment. Activities include hiking, fishing, horseback riding, singing, kayaking, activities, games, campfires, crafts. Special guests fill the week, naturally complementing the magical memories and friendships built amongst the group.

In addition to Montana State, Learfield manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 120 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas. The company also supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup.