The Rockford IceHogs Community Fund has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Rockford Hockey Club as part of $127,000 in grants being awarded for this grant cycle.
The grant will help Rockford Hockey Club reduce season fees for players at the 8u level from $1,500 to $500. The long-term impact of the funds will be to reduce player fees and increase participation at all levels to bolster the Club’s impact on youth hockey participation in the Rockford region.
"This is another example of an organization that aligns with a primary area of focus for the IceHogs Community Fund," said Dave Costello, Manager of Marketing and Community Relations for the IceHogs. "We know cost can be a barrier that prevents kids from starting the sport of hockey or continuing to play as they get older. We’re confident this grant will help Rockford Hockey Club rebuild the pipeline of youth hockey players in our region and introduce more kids to the great sport of hockey.”
In addition to the $10,000 grant, the IceHogs Community Fund donated an additional $8,300 to Rockford Hockey Club from a special fundraiser game held on April 2 that included an online auction of IceHogs game-worn Rockford Hockey Club jerseys as a kick-off to the Rockford Hockey Club’s 50th anniversary.
"The Rockford Hockey Club is extremely grateful to the IceHogs Community Fund for providing us this grant, as well as the IceHogs for being a strong partner in the local hockey community," said Rockford Hockey Club President Jordan Tuminaro. "This program will have a huge impact on the number one issue we find as a barrier to entry at our 8U level, which is cost. We are excited to kick off our 50th year and this new program, and we can’t wait to see all the kids on the ice next season."
In total for this year's grant cycle, the IceHogs Community Fund and Chicago Blackhawks Foundation have awarded $127,000 in grants to support nine Rockford area organizations and 10 unique programs. The awards include $100,000 from the IceHogs Community Fund and $27,000 from the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation. Previously announced awards included:
More details on additional grants awarded by the IceHogs Community Fund and Chicago Blackhawks Foundation will be revealed throughout the summer.
About the IceHogs Community Fund
The IceHogs Community Fund (ICF), supported by the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation, is invested in making a positive social impact by supporting initiatives that will help make the Rockford region a better place to work, live, and play. Through partnerships with local organizations, the ICF is dedicated to growing the game of hockey by working to broaden exposure and reduce barriers to the sport.
The ICF raises funds throughout the year in a variety of ways, including specialty jersey auctions as well as gameday sales of 50/50 raffle tickets and Chuck-A-Pucks.
About Rockford Hockey Club
For 50 years, the Rockford Hockey Club has provided a competitive hockey experience for 8U through 18U skaters. The Club strives to maintain a positive, fun learning environment for the developing skater and a high standard of ethics, organization, and competitiveness for the future of the Club through integrity, leadership, and responsibility with the focus on increased membership, successful fundraising, and committed, qualified coaching.