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We recognize that Black hockey players often face unique circumstances within the hockey community. The Willie O'Ree Academy, presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods, is a training and enrichment program for local Black youth hockey players and their families, intent on advancing the skills of competitive athletes while developing a strong social support network.

Willie O'Ree Academy (06.15.21)

The Willie O'Ree Academy, presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, is a training and enrichment program for local Black youth hockey players.

  • 7 jun 2023 • 02:55

Participating players will receive the following, at no cost:

  • Exclusive Willie O'Ree Academy apparel package
  • 8-week off-season training program at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex (8000 Cranberry Springs Dr, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066):
    • Tuesdays, from June 13 through August 8, 2023 (excluding the July 4 holiday)
      • 5:50-6:50pm* on-ice skills session
      • 7:15-8:00pm* off-ice strength & conditioning session
        • *times subject to change
  • Instruction from Penguins staff, UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex skills development professionals and training staff
  • Guest appearances from NHL players, coaches and executives
  • Monthly educational programming beginning in September
    • Cultural & Identity Discussions
    • College & Junior Hockey Discussions
    • Sports Psychology Workshops
    • Career Exposure
      • NHL Front Office, Penguins Partner Executives, etc.
    • Social Events
      • Penguins game viewing parties, Meet & Greets with NHL players


To learn more about Willie O'Ree's playing career, please click here. For questions, please contact

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to youth ice hockey players ages 10-17
  • Playing on a team in the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL) or Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL)
  • Must bring and wear full equipment on-ice
  • Must be registered for 2023.24 season with USA Hockey (confirmation number verified)

*Registration does not guarantee participation. Registrants will be contacted by June 4 with acceptance. *