Feb. 2, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University senior goalie Cody Reichard was named one of just five finalists for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, presented to college hockey’s finest citizen, on Thursday.
Reichard was selected from a field of 23 nominees that included both men’s and women’s players from Division I and Division III. He was also a nominee for the award last year but was not selected as a finalist. Reichard is the lone finalist from the CCHA and one of just two men’s players from Division I among the five.
In 2010, Reichard founded Swoop’s Stoop, a program whose 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 game, where they and their family receive game tickets, a t-shirt, a bracelet 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 towels for the children that are signed by players. This year, Reichard successfully brought a corporate sponsor (Step Resources) into the mix, and has raised more than $16,000 to further help the Swoop’s Stoop cause, which went toward having Swoop’s Stoop blankets made for the children at the hospital. He also hopes to eventually help offset some medical costs for the children’s families.
Reichard painted his goalie mask this year to help promote Swoop’s Stoop and the mask will be auctioned off at the end of the year to raise money for the program. Miami will also wear Swoop’s Stoop jerseys on Saturday, Feb. 11 against Alabama-Huntsville and those jerseys will also be auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting Swoop’s Stoop. He has started working on getting other Miami teams involved so the program continues for years to come. The “Go for Goal” initiative was also created recently, which allows fans to donate money to Swoop’s Stoop based on how many goals Miami scores at home the remainder of the season.
In addition to Swoop’s Stoop, Reichard is in his second year serving on Miami’s RedHawk Council, which is Miami’s student-athlete leadership group. He is also involved in several team philanthropies, such as the annual Therapeutic Disabilities Skate, where players help those in Butler County with disabilities skate on Miami's ice rink through the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He has also participated in Rico's Ristorante, where players serve dinner to the community, and Skate with the 'Hawks night.
Reichard was named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award on Wednesday, which recognizes someone who has had notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Each of the finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian will be recognized with a monetary donation to the charity of their choice, with Reichard’s donation going toward Swoop’s Stoop. The winner will be announced on April 6 as part of the 2012 Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla. For more information on the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, click here.
Hockey Humanitarian Finalists
Shawn Baker, SR, D, Norwich University
Aleca Hughes, SR, F, Yale University
Kevin McNamara, SR, D, Colgate University
Tucker Mullin, JR, F, St. Anselm College
Cody Reichard, SR, G, Miami University