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The Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Blackhawks Foundation are deepening our understanding of structural and systemic racism and furthering our efforts to support social justice. CBF has always prioritized underserved local communities when providing access to programming and financial support, and we will continue to direct a growing amount of resources and time toward partnering with communities of color, specifically, as we work to build a healthier, smarter and more secure Chicago.

In honor of Black History Month, the Blackhawks look forward to sharing stories of Black individuals or organizations who are part of the team's community and are making their mark on our organization, our sport at-large, or in our neighborhoods.

Sam Lawrence

A member of the Blackhawks Community Relations team, Sam Lawrence is at the forefront of the grassroots efforts to bring the game of hockey to more kids across Chicagoland.  

He is the lead coach of the free learn-to-play clinics in partnership with the Chicago Park District, which includes use of skates and stick at no cost and all participants receive a jersey to keep. From December to February, Sam has traveled to five different neighborhoods across the city to engage local children in the great game of hockey.

Jason Ross Jr.

On Jan. 8 in Vegas, Jason Ross Jr. made franchise history as the team's first Black television play-by-play broadcaster, calling the game between the Blackhawks and the Golden Knights. He has also called select games on WGN Radio 720-AM this season.

The Detroit-native began calling high school and college hockey on both television and radio while still in high school and covered all four major sports including the Red Wings for The Motor City Roundup.

Support West

The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation continues to support minority-owned small businesses on the West Side by providing $5,000 grants through the Support West program, supported by United Airlines and Clorox, with a long-term goal to assist in the recovery of economic corridors of West Side communities through financial resources and marketing support.

This Black History Month, the Blackhawks are excited to annouceour newest round of grantees and showcase some of the Black-owned businesses who are part of that. 


The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation and A Better Chicago partner to support One West Side, a program focused on equipping local leaders and fueling programs and services that enable Chicago's youth to thrive at all stages of life.

The partnership is a three-year initiative that will invest at least $2 million over three years in Chicago's West Side, which includes some of the city's underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods.

One West Side is focused on strengthening organizations deeply embedded in their communities with exceptional leaders poised to expand their impact. Collectively, the selected grantees reach Chicagoans at every stage of life -- from birth to young adulthood -- supporting education, social-emotional learning, mentorship opportunities, skills training and leadership development.

To learn more, click here.


Support West was initially created to support minority owned small businesses on the West Side that were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The burdens of minority owned businesses existed prior to the beginning of the pandemic but were highlighted and significantly exacerbated by the economic impact of the shutdowns and the downturn of the economy. Because of the success and feedback from grantees, the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation plans to continue to support minority owned small businesses on the West Side by providing $5,000 grants through the Support West program.

Our goal is to shore up the economic corridors of West Side communities through financial resources and marketing support providing long-term recovery assistance to these neighborhoods.

To learn more, click here.


Marillac St. Vincent

Marillac St. Vincent Family Services strengthens, empowers and gives voice to those in need - in the Vincentian spirit of service - through education and comprehensive programs to build vibrant communities in Chicago. Funds from the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation will be used to support programming for the Health and Wellness initiatives for the Hope Junior Program, specifically the anti-violence education programming, mentoring, and the sports program. By promoting positive psychological development, building resiliency, and teaching critical behavior skills, the Hope Junior Program, helps youth make better choices and achieve their goals.


BUILD's mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well-being of our communities. Funds from Chicago Blackhawks Foundation help to provide comprehensive, trauma-informed violence prevention services to young people in one of Chicago's most vulnerable communities.

Breakthrough Urban Ministries

Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity.

Garfield Park Community Council

The Garfield Park Community Council is a community-building organization made up of dedicated residents and allies working together to develop leaders and create opportunities and programs that build a vital Garfield Park community.