Hockey Challenge

Hockey Challenge

Presented by The Seattle Thunderbirds

The 2017 Hockey Challenge takes place on February 18th 2017! If you or your hockey team are interested in participating in the Hockey Challenge, get in touch with Vanessa Kirk Briley at

History of Hockey Challenge

The Hockey Challenge began in 1998, when hockey-playing Microsoft employees, with the help of the Seattle Thunderbirds, took an in-house rivalry public and decided to raise money for a good cause at the same time. In 2001, Microsoft made a $2 million pledge to support the construction of expanded Seattle Ronald McDonald House facilities, and vowed to hold the Hockey Challenge event each year to raise money until the pledge was met. The $2 million pledge was fulfilled in 2003, and the RMHC Hockey Challenge continues! Hockey Challenge is an RMHC and Seattle Thunderbirds managed event that has tremendous momentum and support from the local and national community and continues to raise much needed funds for RMHC of Western Washington & Alaska. Since inception, the event has raised more than $4.9 million.

Want to know about some of the people behind Hockey Challenge?

Read our blogs on Caleb, our Hockey Challenge Kid Captain, or our interview series with hockey team captains Jackie Soo, Alice Tang, and John Barr. And don’t forget to check out our most recent video profile of Caleb, which tells the heartwarming story of his family’s stay at the Ronald McDonald House:

2016 Hockey Challenge Recap:

The 2016 Hockey Challenge on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the ShoWare Center was a huge success! You helped us raise $200,000 for the Ronald McDonald House, which will go a long way towards providing a home-away-from-home for the more than 450 families that stay with us each year. Our Hockey Challenge Kid Captain dropped the puck onto the ice for the Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips game – which the T-Birds won!  Many thanks to the Seattle Thunderbirds as well as all of the local hockey players who participated for their donation of time and resources to help us put this event together.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors:
Bungie Foundation
Penhart Performance Group
Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Developers Division
Schneider Electric
Aspera Software

If you’d still like to give to Hockey Challenge, you can do so below!

Our Mission:

At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska, we support seriously ill children and their families. At the Seattle House, we provide a "home-away-from-home" to help families through a difficult time. We also provide a van service for families staying in Anchorage while their children receive medical care. Our IRS tax number or EIN is: 91-1061043.

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Contact Us

Seattle House & Administrative Offices:

5130 40th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98105

Phone: 206.838.0600


4001 Tudor Centre Drive

Anchorage, AK 99508

Phone: 907.729.4667