CHICAGO—Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Blackhawks Denis Savard, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Brett McLean for a youth hockey clinic at Center on Halsted in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Quigley and the Blackhawks led neighborhood kids in hockey drills, team-building exercises, and scrimmages. Quigley and Blackhawks Charities also donated hockey equipment for permanent use at the Center.
“Hockey is for everyone, and it’s important that we give kids of all backgrounds the opportunity to play sports,” said Congressman Quigley. “I want to thank the Blackhawks, the Mayor, and Center on Halsted for joining me to help promote an active lifestyle and the greatest game there is.”
"I am committed to building a healthier Chicago which focuses on providing children more opportunities to be physically active," said Mayor Emanuel, "Thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks for investing in Chicago’s communities and giving children in neighborhoods across the city the opportunity to play hockey and be active."
“The Chicago Blackhawks are proud to partner with U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Center on Halsted on this great initiative," Blackhawks Team President and CEO John McDonough said. "We are appreciative of their support in growing the sport of hockey on a grassroots level while delivering such a positive effect on so many young people in our city."
“Athletics can help young people build confidence and leadership,” added Center on Halsted CEO Modesto ‘Tico’ Valle. “Unfortunately, too many LGBT youth are prevented from participating fully in team sports because of bullying or other obstacles. We’re proud to work with Mayor Emanuel, Rep. Quigley, and the Chicago Blackhawks to provide the equipment, the training and the safe environment necessary for LGBT youth to participate.”
The effort coincides with the National Hockey League’s “Hockey is for Everyone
” program and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move