National Hockey League - Hockey Is For Everyone
The Hockey is for Everyone initiative is a component of "The Biggest Assist Happens off the Ice," the National Hockey League's social responsibility program that builds on the League's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
Hockey is for Everyone provides support and unique programming to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. The initiative is supported by NHL member clubs, players, NHL alumni, and fans. To date, Hockey is for Everyone has exposed close to 45,000 boys and girls to unique hockey experiences.
To celebrate this initiative, the National Hockey League hosts the annual Hockey is for Everyone Month in February. The league-wide initiative includes numerous activities to promote the diversity of the game that involve our clubs, players, alumni, fans, and grass-roots diversity programs, all with the goal of raising awareness and celebrating the growth of the game. Read more.
Columbus Ice Hockey Club
The Columbus Ice Hockey Club is part of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone program, established through the NHL Foundation (the NHL’s charitable and community relations organization). It is a major component of the league’s youth hockey programming.
Hockey is for Everyone provides support and unique programming to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. Since its inception, Hockey is for Everyone has exposed more than 45,000 boys and girls to unique hockey experiences.
CIHC is one of 39 NHL Hockey is For Everyone programs and is affiliated with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization. We serve over 3,000 youth per year in our Learn to Play Hockey, Learn to Skate, and hockey team programs, with more than 75% of our participants being minority and more than 25% are female. The club offers hockey instruction and teams for children ranging from 5-18 years old from Mini-mite through Midget. We also have a girls team (8-14 year olds.)
CIHC started 1999 and focuses on provided on-ice and off-ice opportunities for youth in the Central Ohio area. In partnership with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, the NHL, and the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, CIHC has been providing year-round ice skating and ice hockey instruction for more than 27,000 program participants. We also provide off-ice programming for club participants in the areas of conditioning, academic support, violence prevention, conflict resolution, and community service.
If you are new to the sport of hockey you will find that hockey is a great game to watch, especially in person, and CIHC is a wonderful program for youths who want to learn how to skate or play hockey in a nurturing and team-focused environment. We are lucky to have the best coaches, participants, parents, fans, and donors in central Ohio. Our kids give 100% effort on and off the ice, and we are extremely proud of them.
As the program continues to grow we look forward to representing central Ohio proudly and being ambassadors of goodwill.
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