Fifth Third Arena School Field Trips
Dare to take your physical education outside of the classroom and engage your students in something challenging yet rewarding! Our mission is to introduce students to ice hockey and provide a unique, fun way to learn something new! Fifth Third Arena provides low-cost opportunities for schools, daycare programs, and camps within the community to learn the basics of ice skating. Take a private behind the scenes tour of the Chicago Blackhawks practice facility or receive interactive lessons on the science behind ice maintenance and hockey to enhance your trip.
Field trips are offered to groups of all sizes and can be scheduled throughout the weekday. Whether it's a small group of 10 or a large group of 300, our state of the art facility has the capability to provide groups of any size and age with a personalized and memorable experience! In addition, Fifth Third Arena has the unique capability to provide affordable lunch options for all field trips groups for a one stop shop.
Please contact Guest Services Supervisor, Ladonna Grandberry, at email@example.com to schedule your next field trip!
Inner City Education (ICE)
The origin of the Inner-City Education (ICE) Program is unique. In 2002, a Chicago team of 13-14 year olds began its hockey season with a “0 & 6” record. Through teamwork and persistence, the team finished the regular season with a winning record and went on to win the Illinois Northwest Hockey League, Division 3 Championship. Apart from its record, this team was special: nearly half of the team lived on the impoverished West Side of Chicago in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city. One player lived with his three younger brothers and their mother in very difficult circumstances. Another player lived with his twelve siblings in a ramshackle building on the West Side. A third has been homeless on occasion and another was a ward of the state. All have a love of hockey.
Many of these players were introduced to ice hockey during the prior several years in a pick-up program in Garfield Park (Chicago). Several of those children quickly developed a passion for the game and were invited to play organized hockey by Coach Brad Erickson. While coaching this diverse group of student athletes, Brad recognized the need for, and first proposed the concept of, the ICE Program to Howard Birnberg. Ultimately founded in 2003, the ICE Program now has student athletes attending highly regarded high schools. It is our goal to provide funding for the education of many more disadvantaged players.
Chicago Blackhawks Foundation Programs
As the official charity of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation is proud to bring hope to the communities that make our city so special. Our commitment is to provide access to the programming and funding necessary for organizations to make a positive impact. Our goal is to grow the game we love while giving the people we serve a chance for something greater. Our vision is a healthier, smarter, more secure world for families in and around Chicago.