The Hockey Is For Everyone program is an AHAI supported vehicle providing young athletes from socioeconomically 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.
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.
Hockey is For Everyone practices at the Oak lawn Ice Arena. For information on how to participate or to make donations, please contact Brit Volini, HIFE Director.
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