2016 Hockey Is For Everyone Program Information


Registration: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00pm. You must register in person.

**First come, first serve* must provide child’s address, birth date, parent’s phone and e-mail and sign a release waiver to be registered (will be provided at registration). No priority is given regardless of residency, experience in the program or with hockey, race, economic status, or gender.

2016 Session: Monday, April 4 – Monday, June 27, 2016 (no class Memorial Day)
Mondays from 6:30pm-7:30pm

Pre-Requisite: Registrants cannot play or have played on a registered hockey team or play in a hockey league. No prior skating or hockey experience necessary (although it helps to have been on skates before). Skaters must be between the ages of 4-14 by April 4, 2016.

Fitting day: A fitting day will be announced via e-mail ONLY to those who have been registered for the program. A $25 equipment deposit is required at fitting day (CASH ONLY) regardless of borrowing a full set or a single piece of equipment. The cash deposit will be returned at the culmination of the session upon return of the borrowed equipment.

A big “THANKS!” to our new host rink, Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena for accepting the HIFE program into their facility!!

Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena
9320 S. Kenton Avenue, Oak Lawn, IL 60453


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Who We Are

The Hockey Is For Everyone program (formerly Diversity Program) is an AHAI supported vehicle providing young athletes from socio and economically diverse backgrounds the opportunity to use the sport of ice hockey to promote academic achievement, responsibility, respect, teamwork and good character. We provide 200+ young athletes per year the opportunity to learn to play this great sport.

The Program provides each athlete with full equipment, ice time, USA Hockey registration and a premier volunteer coaching staff, at no charge to them or their families.

Our Goal

We provide our athletes with a safe environment allowing them to learn the basic skills of ice hockey, regardless of age or skill level. Unlike other youth sports programs, there is not a strong emphasis on winning. Coaches encourage dedication, hard work and mutual respect for their teammates and celebrate individual accomplishments.


AHAI’s Hockey Is For Everyone program is one of almost 40 programs throughout North America. Our program receives support through the financial support of Chicago Blackhawk Charities, Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, the National Hockey League and other private monetary donations. The incredible generosity of the Illinois hockey community has selflessly donated gently used equipment for our athletes to use. Most notably, the efforts of the Chicago Steel, New Trier Hockey Club and Hinsdale Central Hockey Club have sponsored specific equipment drives for our program.


“My daughter has undergone quite a change during her time in the HIFE program. Not only has her ability to skate improved tremendously, but her confidence has grown at the same time. What a wonderful transformation for parents to witness” -HIFE Parent

“Our son cannot wait to get on the ice! Each class brings a new experience and challenge, and the opportunity to work with so many talented coaches and skaters has motivated him to do his best.”
-HIFE Parent

“Over the years, the AHAI HIFE program has built a foundation of dedication and shared passion. People sign up and fall in love with the concept of equality no matter who you are or where you come from. On the ice, in the eyes of HIFE we are all the same.” –HIFE Parent/Volunteer


Hockey is For Everyone practices at the Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena in Oak Lawn. For information on how to participate or to make donations, please contact Brit Terry, HIFE Director

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