Mandatory Parent Meeting Sept 8 or 12

In a few short months, your players – and some of our families – will be headed to Helsinki, Finland. Between now and then, there is a lot of planning to do!

We need all Exchange parents to attend one of our mandatory Parent Meetings. The meetings will be identical and will cover payments, schedules, planning and (of course) fundraising! It is mandatory that one parent per player attend one of these meetings.

  • Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Both meetings will be held upstairs at the Skatium.

We won’t have answers to all the questions we can ask – but we will share all that we have sorted out and discuss the rest.

Please note: you only need to attend one of the two sessions. 

We brought the largest group ever associated with the Finland Exchange to the U.S. in March / April.  The tournament and overall trip were a huge success.  We expect nothing less for our trip to Finland in 2023!  Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Finland Fall Fling – Beef and Beer Sept 30

Put on your party pants – hockey is BACK!

We are going to celebrate with a Beef and Beer for the Finland | USA Exchange. This event is open to all Hawks friends and families! Bring a crowd! Use the graphics below to tell your friends on Facebook and other social channels!

September 30
7-10 p.m.


JT Brewski’s– just six miles from the Skatium
510 S Oak Ave, Primos, PA 19018

Indoor and outdoor seating, serving roast beef (with the works) and baked ziti, with a mixed salad.

Drinks will include domestic drafts, house wine, and sodas.

The DJ will be playing your favorite tunes – and we will have a great bunch of raffles for you to play!

Venmo $40 per ticket to @hawks-finland – and put “FLING” in the memo!

honeygrow Dining Out Event August 18

On Thursday, August 18 the delicious and generous honeygrow (250 E. Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood/Admore) is donating back 20% of Dine-In, Takeout, Delivery & Pick up orders to support a great cause — our Haverford Hawks Finland | USA Exchange!

This is for lunch AND dinner – so let’s make it count!

We ask that you RSVP here: (even if you’re not completely sure) so honeygrow knows roughly how many orders to expect & so you have access to all the event details.

We hope you can make it, and please feel free to forward this information to your friends and family. We will also promote it on Facebook and Instagram.

Pura Vida Bracelet Sale

Update: August 8: If you ordered one of the Pura Vida bracelets, we have it ready for you! Kate Stickel has them. Send her a text at 610-235-9932 and she will let you know how to pick it up. We also have two remaining if you want to order one (or two!)

To help raise awareness (and a little money) we are selling customer Pura Vida bracelets!

You’ll see three colors – Blue (from the Flag of Finland), white (from the Finnish flag, the US flag, and our home uniforms), and Maroon (from our home uniforms.)

These limited-edition bracelets are $10 each and when they are gone they are gone!

Get yours by sending $10 via Venmo to @Hawks-Finland – and be sure to write “bracelet” in the comments.

2022 Ooni Pizza Oven Bundle Raffle Winner Chosen!

Congratulations to Margaret Johnson, our winner – and a friend of Hawk Braydon Wharton’s family!

About the raffle:
If you haven’t heard about Ooni ovens yet, you will!

And we have the Ooni Karu 16 bundle – a $999 value! Only 150 tickets will be sold!

Tickets are $20 each and you can get yours but sending a Venmo to @Hawks-Finland.

We will be drawing the winner once all 150 tickets are sold.

The first and only pizza oven to be ‘Recommended for Domestic Use’ by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the acclaimed international authority on authentic Neapolitan pizza.

  • Multiple fuel options for maximum cooking versatility
  • Cook with wood or charcoal out of the box, or use gas with the Ooni Karu 16 Gas Burner
  • Reaches 950°F (500°C) in just 15 minutes
  • New hinged oven door design with ViewFlame™ technology to boost visibility
  • The mounted digital thermometer displays internal ambient oven temperature (batteries included)
  • A large cooking area fits up to 16-inch pizzas and other substantial cooks

What’s in this bundle?

Finland Exchange Day at the Flyers Details – Wednesday, April 13

We are excited to be a part of an exclusive event with the Flyers vs. Rangers on Wednesday, April 13.

Our kids will be taking the ice before the game, we will have an arena tour, and an exclusive in-arena party in the East Dining Hall! There will even be some special speakers and guests.

Special Discount Dining Package – Sign Up and Pay By April 8 at noon!

We have a special opportunity for a food package at our pre-game party in the Wells Fargo Center.

Click here to sign up and make your payment on Venmo!
In order to get this package, you must sign up and IMMEDIATELY pay using Venmo – no waiting! Don’t sign up until you are ready to pay! Venmo: @Hawks-Finland

For $22 per person, from 3 to 6 p.m. you will receive access to all all-you-can-eat food menu:

  • Federal Pretzels with spicy & yellow mustard
  • Philly Cheesesteaks with Wiz, Caramelized Onions, Pub Rolls
  • Dietz & Watson Hot Dogs with Potato Rolls
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries with Cheese
  • Assorted Cookies
  • Access to buy beverages at a discounted rate (draft beers – $6.50; sodas $2.25, bottled water $3.00)

Remember: you must have this package to get beer for $6.50! This package is only available to those who purchased their tickets through the Finland USA Exchange!

Our Plans for the Day – The Bus Trip Package*

  • 1:30 p.m.
    We board the bus at the Holiday Inn – Drexelbrook and head to the Wells Fargo Center. Once there, the Exchange Players will lace up their skates, put on their helmets, and get ready to take the ice!

  • 3:00 p.m.
    The Exchange Players will take the Wells Fargo ice! Families can watch from the stands. This is a free skate session, it is not a game; no sticks are permitted. Please note: due to space limitations, only Exchange Players (Pee Wees and Bantams) can take the ice for this event. Helmets are mandatory, no exceptions.)

  • 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    Parents and kids who are part of the Hawks page (either bus trip or game-only) will have exclusive access to the East Dining Hals party area and food vendors. Make sure to purchase the special dining package to get all-you-can-eat food and discounted beverages!

  • 6:00 p.m.
    Let’s head over to the ice to find our seats and watch the pre-game warmup!

  • 7:00 p.m.
    It’s game time – the Flyers will take on the New York Rangers. Go Flyers!

  • After the game
    We board the buses for the ride back to Drexelbrook.

**guests participating in the ticket-only package should use their tickets to meet us in East Dining Halls.

A note about COVID-19 protocols in the city and the Wells Fargo Center

Because of the ongoing pandemic and concerns over the Coronavirus, we ask all who plan to attend this event to keep up-to-date on the requirements in the city and arena. The Flyers have made it easy; visit this page for the latest guidelines and information.

Clearances: Information for Host Families

If you have been selected to be a host family, congratulations! We are sure you will find this to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your player’s childhood!

Clearances Required

Our hospitality leads would like to begin to gather everyone’s background clearances.

We strongly recommend you submit your clearances as soon as possible. 

Clearances are good for five years so if you already have your clearances for volunteering at school, coaching, etc. then you can submit those copies, no need to request a new copy. 

Please send your three clearances for all adults in your home as soon as possible to Elaine McKay (

Feel free to reach out to Amy Maraj (610-348-8778) with any hosting questions or Elaine (610-637-8166) with any clearance questions.

Potluck Dinners Set for Saturday & Monday Nights

One of the most impactful, favorite, and low-key parts of the Finland Exchange are the Potluck Dinner nights.

This is a great opportunity for player families who are not hosting Finnish kids for the week to bring the Exchange into their homes. Typically, potluck host homes coordinate the evening and help everyone else figure out what to bring. The idea is that every family chips in some food for the event (appetizer, meal, or dessert.)

As the potluck host, you should make it what you want. If your style is just pizza, soda, and beers, do that instead!

The Hospitality Committee will work on the logistics based on the number of volunteer hosts. Ellen Cohen is the coordinator for the Potluck evenings.

We’d like to keep teams together as much as possible, but that’s not guaranteed. And in most cases, teams will be split up (unless you have a house that can hold more than 60+ people!) If you’d like to be a potluck host, just indicate it on the form (no obligation at this time) and we will be in touch with more information.

**Families who are already hosting Finnish players in their homes that week are discouraged from being potluck hosts, so that other families have this opportunity to participate.

Sign up to host a pot luck dinner
on Saturday, April 9 or Monday, April 11.

Never hosted a pot luck dinner before? Here is some advice from Marco Flavio Marinucci, founder of the blog Cook Here and Now (, which organizes San Francisco–based potluck dinners

  • Have a Theme
    I don’t believe in hodgepodge potlucks. It’s important to create a theme; it can really surprise and delight guests, and get them excited about cooking. Try to move beyond generic themes, like Italian or Cantonese; instead, choose a specific ingredient, like sustainable seafood or heirloom tomatoes. That way, you get really different approaches that reflect each cook’s background, and you end up with dishes you might never have expected. Try to finalize the theme two weeks before the dinner so guests have time to come up with great recipes.
  • Plan Out the Courses
    Potluck should include every course—appetizerssoups or salads, entrées, desserts—as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Always plan more than one for each course: Someone with the best intentions may bring an appetizer, for example, that does not work well, and you don’t want that to be the only choice on the table. Or someone may have to cancel at the last minute. For that reason, I think it’s important that the host always make the main dish—because then, it’s guaranteed to show up!
  • Give Portion Guidelines
    If you have 20 guests and two of them are making desserts, they should each prepare something that serves 10 people. The good thing with potlucks is that you don’t need to be exact—people generally will not eat a full portion of something when there are other options on the table. We usually have a lot of leftovers, which is great. Encourage people to bring their own to-go containers and to ask each cook for permission to bring home extras of his or her dish.
  • Limit Last-Minute Preparations
    For potlucks, cooks usually prepare dishes three hours before they are served, but not all dishes can wait that long. Try to find out which guests will need a stove burner or oven space, but encourage them to make as much of the dish in advance as they can. For example, vegetables can be grilled at home and then tossed into a salad on site.

1. Create a theme

Beef and Beer Event on March 4!

Our 2022 Beef and Beer event promises to be the best one yet! Join us at The Yard Pub (formerly Tip O’Leary’s) in Havertown on March 4 for great food and drinks, silent auctions, raffles, and all your Hawkey friends! The event starts at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are $36 and must be purchased online here. Tickets at the door will be $40.

Your ticket includes:

  • Open bar from 7-9 p.m. Well drafts, bottles and wines.
  • Unlimited soft drinks
  • Caesar salad, rosa pasta, hot roast beef
  • We will have all the usual fun stuff: a 50/50, silent auction, and amazing raffles!