The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy are hosting two holiday drives this season. In conjunction with Rotary District 6450, the Slammers kick-off November by participating in Chicagoland Rotary Veterans Coat Drive. The Slammers annual Holiday Open House and toy drive for the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet will follow in December.

The Slammers are asking the community to help provide winter coats for over 1,000 homeless veterans in the Chicagoland area as they gear up for the harsh winter months ahead. New or clean and gently used men’s winter coats are being requested, sized large, X-large, XX-large and up. Coats are needed in larger sizes as veterans layer their clothing for the winter.

The coats will be delivered on November 17 for Stand Down Day – a special day held at Humboldt Park Armory in Chicago for homeless veterans in which they receive support from many health, social service, and community support organizations. The Chicago event is organized and staffed by volunteers from veteran organizations, community and social services organizations, Hines VA and Jesse Brown VA.

Donations can be brought to the Joliet Slammers main offices at 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive Monday through Friday between 8am and 4 pm. Donations are needed by Monday, November 13. For every coat donated, community members can earn a raffle entry into the Slammers 2018 suite giveaway.

In addition to the coat drive, the Slammers have set a date for their annual Holiday Open House. On Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 1 pm the community is invited to join the Slammers for refreshments, snacks, and games. There will be kid-friendly activities such as a card making station for the troops and sugar cookie decorating. Santa Spikes will also be in attendance for photographs.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy to be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Joliet. Anyone that brings a toy to the open house will be entered to win a luxury suite for the 2018 season.

Slammers merchandise will also be on sale up to 50% off select items for the holidays. Merchandise can be purchased during the open house or during the Slammers normal business hours Monday throughFriday 8 am- 4 pm. Sales will run through December 8.

The open house will be held in the Slammers Hall of Fame Room located at the Slammers stadium off of Jefferson Street. For more information, call the Box Office at (815) 722-2287.

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at the Slammers Stadium downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is a 12-team league entering its 26th season of play in 2018.  Visit the Slammers online at or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!