Our hockey program began in December of 2015. Since then, our student athletes have been on the ice from the beginning of December to the end of February, weather permitting, at our Riis Park and Bobby Hull Memorial Rink in Cicero locations. Our student athletes at these two locations have hockey practice every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning. Beginning in the Fall of 2017, we welcomed a group of student athletes to the MB Rink in Chicago, blocks away from the United Center. There, our hockey players practice every Monday evening from October to May.

The ICE Program will provide EVERYTHING a child needs to participate including uniforms, 100% of the equipment, skating instructors, hockey coaches, and academic tutors. All student-athletes will participate in a mandatory one-hour academic session with approved ICE Program tutors either before or after every practice. Any student-athletes currently attending under-performing schools will also be encouraged to apply for an ICE Program educational scholarship for placement into a local private school.

Interested in volunteer coaching or tutoring?

ICE welcomes coaching applicants with a lifetime of competitive hockey under their belts as players or coaches as well as those newer to the sport. Similarly, we welcome academic tutors with lengthy careers in education as well as qualified individuals with no background in teaching. We are open to male and female coaches and tutors, 18 and older, of any race. We expect to have volunteers with varying backgrounds, but most importantly applicants should have a passion for improving the lives of low-income inner-city children.

To implement this program most effectively, we ask that you complete the application that best suits your skill set and interest, whether as a skating coach, hockey coach or tutor.

Each application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you are selected to volunteer with ICE, you will be required to submit to a background check and fingerprinting and also successful completion of the SafeSport on-line program. All on-ice coaches must be current USA Hockey members, up-to-date with their Coaching Clinics and Modules.

Volunteer as a coach

Volunteer as a skating instructor

“My son struggled in school getting work done, behavioral issues but Coach Dave helps us so much! His behavior has improved and grades are going up. I really enjoy this program. It helps us bond as a family and helps my son work hard in a sport instead of video games. I’m so grateful for this program!” – Parent of Program Participant

— Parent of ICE Hockey Program Participant