A hockey promotion event in South Dakota that called for teachers to rush to get dollar bills on their hands and feet recently drew negative attention on social media.
In the December 11 Dash for Cash game, teachers put on helmets and rushed to collect dollar bills in the middle of an ice rink, according to The Guardian.
The event, organized by the Sioux Falls hockey team and local lender CU Mortgage Bank, was aimed at helping teachers finance their classrooms. According to Argus Leader, each teacher raised between $300 and $600.
But the game was demeaning, Twitter users said.
- “Teachers, on all fours, grabbing $1 bills to buy school supplies, to the delight of a crowd,” an user wrote. “Yeah, totally uplifting and fun, not totally dystopian at all.”
teachers, on all fours, grabbing $1 bills to buy school supplies, to the delight of a crowd. yeah, totally uplifting and fun not at all totally dystopian
– the collagen machine broke ♿️ (@katimcf) December 12, 2021
- “As a teacher, I find this humiliating. Hustle against others in the field for a few $1 bills? How about honoring teachers with genuine gifts rather than turning us into silly entertainment for fans? ” wrote another user.
As a teacher, I find this humiliating. Hustle against others in the field for a few $1 bills? How about honoring teachers with genuine gifts rather than turning us into silly entertainment for fans?
— Sir Bedevere (@CelticWanderers) December 12, 2021
The bank, which allocated $500 for each of the 10 teachers, issued an additional $500 for teachers who attended the event and 21 others who were not invited to participate.
- “While our intention was to provide a positive and fun experience for teachers, we can see how demeaning and insulting this feels to participating teachers and the teaching profession as a whole. We deeply regret and apologize to all teachers for any embarrassment this may have caused,” CU Mortgage Direct Bank and the Sioux Falls Stampede hockey team said in a joint statement, according to The Guardian.
According to the Miami Herald, teachers in South Dakota earn an average of $48,984 a year, which is 50th in the nation.