Since being founded in 2003, the Inner-City Education (ICE) Program has been focused on helping children from underprivileged and underserved Chicago communities achieve their potential by giving them access to educational opportunities and the sport of hockey that would otherwise be unattainable.

These are children who are bright, curious and full of potential but are often from difficult family situations and dangerous communities with poor quality public education and limited access to organized sports. Due to no fault of their own, they do not get the quality of education and opportunities they need to develop and grow in ways that enable them to thrive and enjoy a brighter future.

We believe that these children have unlimited potential if provided with the right support and opportunities. Our mission is to be a game changer in their lives and in these communities.

Our focus is on providing educational opportunity for children through:

  • Scholarships to high quality schools across Chicago
  • Access to the sport of hockey through our Hockey Club where students benefit from the lessons of teamwork, commitment, dedication and leadership
  • Educational support through our Academic Tutoring Program¬†with required attendance by every hockey club participant
  • Building relationships with our Mentors who act as positive role models and forces in students lives

We believe it is a unique and powerful combination that has allowed us to change the lives of many children over the last 16 years. Our goal is to serve as many of these underprivileged children and are looking for others to support us in changing their futures.

“Being introduced to Brad Erickson and learning about the ICE Program was the best thing that could have happened to me.” – Spencer L.

— Spencer L., Scholarship Recipient