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Hawks To Celebrate Diversity At Millenium Park On Saturday

Friday, 01.27.2006 / 1:20 PM / News
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Hawks To Celebrate Diversity At Millenium Park On Saturday
The Chicago Blackhawks and Blackhawk Charities are devoted to expanding the opportunities for youth from diverse backgrounds to play the sport of hockey. With that mission in mind, the Blackhawks have teamed up with the Inner-City Education (ICE) Program for a unique day at the Millennium Park Ice Rink this Saturday, January 28. Blackhawks defensemen Brent Seabrook and Jim Vandermeer will meet with, and sign autographs for, the kids in the program starting at 4:00 p.m.

"It is a great opportunity for us to encourage these kids to work as hard off the ice, in the classroom, as they are on the ice," stated Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jim Vandermeer. "These kids come from tough backgrounds and have proven that with a little commitment and dedication they can achieve anything. We just want to congratulate them and push them to reach even higher."

The Inner-City Education Program was founded in 2003 and has a mission to provide academic scholarships for low-income Chicago area youth who participate in organized hockey and maintain satisfactory academic records.

The Chicago Blackhawks are dedicated to supporting programs that promote teamwork, a healthy lifestyle and a positive learning environment. That commitment is seen through Blackhawk Charities funding of programs like the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois' Diversity Task Force which brings the sport of hockey to individuals who might not otherwise have the chance to play or participate. Because of the generosity of the Chicago Blackhawks players, coaches, management and fans, Chicago Blackhawk Charities has contributed over $5 million to the community. Each year the Chicago Blackhawks and Blackhawk Charities impact over 350,000 children throughout Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

For more information on the ICE Program please visit their website at www.innercityeducation.org