By USA Hockey Magazine
Anita Lichterman (Mount Prospect, IL) has a lot to show for the years that she’s spent volunteering.
Growing up a “rink rat,” in Glenview, Ill., she was always around the game and enjoyed watching it. She took her love of the game to the next level when her son and daughter started playing at age 5.
Her son is now 30 and her daughter is 25, and Lichterman is going on her 20th year as the registrar for the Hoffman Estates Park District.
At the start, there were only two girls’ teams and four boys’ teams. During the 2014-15 season Lichterman registered more than 300 players through 26 teams in three different leagues.
For her years of dedication she was nominated by the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois and selected by USA Hockey to receive the New Leadership Award.
Along with many other achievements she is also set to begin work with Hockey on Your Block, a non-profit, Chicago-based charitable organization that helps under-privileged children play the game.
“Anybody who wants to try the sport should have the right,” Lichterman said. “It’s all about the kids. If I can change the life of one child, my job has been accomplished.”