Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), Athletico Physical Therapy, The Chicago Blackhawks and NorthShore University HealthSystem came together to create the A Step aHead initiative to combat one of the most common head injuries: concussion. These four groups pledge to educate the Illinois youth hockey community on the importance of concussion management and to be proactive with implementing baseline testing. Through A Step aHead, we will offer free baseline concussion testing, as well as educational programs, to youth hockey players in the AHAI program.
With the help of Blackhawks alumni, the Blackhawks run day and evening clinics for youth hockey players at various rinks in Illinois. The free clinics are designed to reach out to fans in local rinks and provide an opportunity for kids of all ages to be taught by a Blackhawks legend.
Formally known as Streethawks, Get Out And Learn (G.O.A.L.) emphasizes the importance of exercise and healthy living while providing elementary schools with the equipment to teach hockey in P.E. Each school receives a one hour clinic from the Blackhawks youth hockey staff and P.E. teachers are invited to a training session at the United Center. This year G.O.A.L. has reached over 30,000 kids.
Our mission is to provide highly intense skill-oriented camps for local youth hockey players using top-notch coaches. The Blackhawks are committed to increasing participation and raising the platform for amateur hockey players in the Midwest.
The Blackhawks give qualifying amateur hockey teams the opportunity to experience being a pro for a day. Teams get the chance to play a game at the United Center prior to attending a home game that night. Highlights from their game are played on the jumbotron for the fans to enjoy during intermission.
The MinorHawks Learn to Play program was launched in 2010 to allow hockey to be affordable and accessible to everyone. Through the combined efforts of the Blackhawks, AHAI and USA Hockey's OneGoal Equipment Rental program, each MinorHawks player has low-cost access to rental gear and a Learn to Play session at selected rinks around Illinois.
Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey is dedicated to providing children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey. Special Hockey team members range in age from 5 to 55 and include both male and female athletes. The team is comprised of players that have autism, Down Syndrome or other intellectual disabilities.