New Hampshire Football Report

CHaD Game cancelled

BEDFORD – In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health has been working to develop a unified approach to fundraising events for D-H, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and other D-H entities. As a result of this work, Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s leadership team has made the difficult decision to cancel, postpone, or make virtual all fundraising events due to the pandemic through the end of the year. 

This decision will impact several major fundraisers for CHaD, including the cancellation of the 2020 CHaD Battle of the Badges Baseball Classic (scheduled for July 31) and the CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game (Aug. 1).

This decision was not made lightly, given the importance of fundraising events to CHaD in supporting essential patient and family services and research. As the state’s largest healthcare provider, Dartmouth-Hitchcock needs to do everything possible to help reduce transmission of the disease, especially as the state relaxes restrictions. This includes avoiding activities that make social distancing difficult, or that potentially bring asymptomatic carriers with others. 

Despite the cancellations, the need for funding programs at CHaD does not cease. In 2019, nearly $3 million dollars was generated for CHaD programs through events like the Football and Baseball games, and those numbers will be severely impacted in 2020 due to COVID-19. Sponsors, ticket purchasers, and donors can still have their donation support these CHaD programs, but refunds can be requested by contacting 603-629-1238 or the respective event email – or

Moving forward, CHaD is seeking new, alternative ways to engage the community for support. One new program is Camp CHaD, which features online activities for kids of all ages for a seven-week period beginning July 6. These activities range include arts and crafts; baking and cooking; wildlife and weather presentations; reading and storytime programs; golf tips; and much more. Hundreds of kids have signed up for daily sessions, and additional sponsorship opportunities are available for community engagement. 

There are also countless ways to raise money for CHaD through a Hearts-in-Action individual fundraiser. You can take your talents, hobbies, and passions and use them to engage friends and family for their support. For example, new for 2020 is “Climbing for CHaD,” urging hikers to seek pledges as they tackle New Hampshire’s mountains this summer. There are several more ideas and tips to get started at

D-H hopes to continue in-person events in 2021 but those decisions will be made at a later date. 


About CHaD: As New Hampshire’s only full service, comprehensive children’s hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. CHaD offers inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same day surgery services are available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Manchester, as well as outpatient pediatric specialties at Wentworth‐Douglass Hospital in Dover. Primary care is available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, and Nashua, N.H., and Bennington, Vt. 

For more information about CHaD, please visit or contact us at (603) 650‐KIDS or 

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