Posted on June 7, 2020

The Inner-City Education (ICE) Program strongly condemns the murder of George Floyd, as well as those of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Abrery, and others.

Since our inception in 2003 we have worked to help low-income, inner-city girls and boys have a better future through hockey and education.  In the Chicago area “low-income, inner-city kids” typically means black and Latino kids.  As always, our board and volunteer tutors, coaches, and mentors stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all those directly impacted by racial injustice.  Racist views, behaviors and practices must end for everyone to thrive.  It is not enough to simply not be racist, humanity demands that everyone be anti-racist.

The other 3 cops involved in the murder of George Floyd should have said or done something to stop it.  In that spirit, we all need to, in our own families, work, and social circles, do our part and say or do something to stop people from exhibiting racist language or behaviors, no matter how small.  This has been a global pandemic for centuries and, like COVID-19, racism must be combatted and stamped out or it will continue to spread and cause harm to innocent people.

We will continue working for the improvement of the lives of all children in our program, and for their families and communities.  There are many great Chicago-based organizations that, like the ICE Program, are fighting for equality.  If you’re passionate about effecting real change, and would like to get involved or support our mission, please contact the ICE Program at: or explore and get involved with other great programs at:  Blackhawks Charitable Partners

The time is now to work together to provide a better future for America by making equality a reality for all!




Brad Erickson
Founder / Executive Director
Inner-City Education Program