April 14, 2012

OXFORD, Ohio - Looking for a chance to own a piece of Miami Hockey history? Now is your opportunity as senior goaltender Cody Reichard’s game-worn mask that was used all season long is up for auction on www.MURedHawks.com beginning Sunday, April 15 at midnight. To access the auction, click here.

The custom-made mask (seen to the right) is decorated in honor of Reichard’s foundation, Swoop’s Stoop, and the proceeds of the auction will go directly to the charity. The auction lasts for two weeks with the deadline for bids Saturday, April 28 at 10 p.m. ET.

The mask, designed by Reichard himself along with some help from a child at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital, is red on one half and white on the other half and features the Swoop’s Stoop logo on each side. On the bottom part of the mask is an Ohio license plate that reads REDHAWKS while the top of the mask has a picture, drawn by the child, of an ambulance helping a family.

Swoop’s Stoop’s mission is to provide life-enriching experiences to area kids facing life-changing illnesses. The program works by bringing a sick child from Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital to a Miami home hockey game, where they and their family receive game tickets, a t-shirt and free food and drink. The child is also recognized during the game. In addition, Reichard, Swoop (Miami’s RedHawk mascot) and several Miami teammates visit Children’s Hospital at least once a month to play and interact with sick children. The senior netminder also brings posters and blankets for the children.

Miami wore special Swoop’s Stoop jerseys on Feb. 11 against Alabama-Huntsville, which were auctioned off earlier this year with the proceeds benefiting Swoop’s Stoop. Roughly $6,300 was raised on the jersey auction. Reichard hopes to eventually help offset some medical costs for the children’s families and build a new play room for the hospital with the money raised for Swoop’s Stoop.

Bidding for the mask begins at $100 and will go up in $25 increments. The auction is a reserve price auction, which means the final bid must reach a certain price or the mask is not required to be sold. If the final bid is not at the reserve price, the person with the highest bid has the opportunity to pay the reserve price to purchase the mask but is not under obligation to do so.

Reichard has received several accolades for his work with Swoop’s Stoop as he won the CCHA’s Ilitch Humanitarian Award and also won a Giant Steps Award in the community organization category from the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. He is also one of five finalists in the entire NCAA for the Wooden Citizenship Cup and was a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award and Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

To learn more about Swoop’s Stoop, click here.