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First Stride is the follow up program to G.O.A.L., allowing 4th and 5th grade students with floor hockey experience a chance to take the ice! Each week 360 Chicago Public School Students will visit Fifth Third Arena, the new Chicago Blackhawks Community Ice Rink, to further their hockey education on and off the ice.


Before taking the ice, First Stride coaches teach about the fit and feel of hockey skates and the correct way to tie them. Once laced up, students walk around the locker room to get comfortable in their skates.

On the ice participants learn how to fall, get up, and the importance of bending your knees to stay balanced. Once students have the confidence to stand on their own they will try marching, the duck walk, stopping, and turns. Skate helpers are on-site if students need extra assistance balancing on the ice.

The ice session will end with games and free skate!


In the classroom participants will use Future Goals - Hockey Scholar, a computer program presented by EverFi.

Hockey Scholar brings science, math and engineering concepts to life using the exciting, fast paced game of hockey. Through immersive hockey simulations, each online module enables students to explore real-life applications of fundamental STEM concepts. Designed for elementary and middle school students, this online course combines cutting-edge instructional design and game-based simulations to build students' confidence, mastery, and excitement around critical STEM concepts.

*To bring Hockey Scholar to your school, click here.

For more information about the First Stride program please email Sam Ratty at

Pete's Fund

Pete Chorbajian was known to all as a funny, gregarious and quick witted person. He was always wearing a mischievous grin and his infectious personality touched so many and immediately drew them into his life.

Pete had a lifelong love of hockey. In his formative years, through high school, it was as a hard-nosed defenseman. After he hung up his skates, it was as its biggest fan. Although Pete was a lifelong New Yorker and supported the Rangers, he had a real love and admiration for the Blackhawks.

Pete also spent time coaching young aspiring hockey players and was always a huge supporter of those who played at any level.

It is in this spirit that this fund has been created to continue Pete's legacy and love of hockey. The PRC Youth Fund, through a generous partnership with the Blackhawks, will create opportunities for kids who are less fortunate. They will learn to skate, understand the game and have access to free equipment and ice time. For a sport that meant so much to Pete, please help us bring the dream and opportunity of hockey to these children. It is what Pete would have wished.

First Stride is supported in part by the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation. To make a donation in memory of Pete Chorbajian please click here and reference Pete's Fund in the Special Instructions section on the donation page.

Family Skate

In the summer, First Stride families are invited back to Fifth Third Arena to skate with a Blackhawks player or alumni! All family members receive a free skate pass and free skate rental.

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