The Chicago Hockey Initiative endeavors to support youth health and education initiatives in Chicagoland through direct volunteerism, events fundraising, and community outreach.
The Chicago Hockey Initiative has adopted the motto “Grow the Game” to effectively communicate our ambitions for the sport of hockey and the City of Chicago. We want to increase access to the great game of hockey by:
– providing financial assistance to under-resourced student-athletes through our Microgrant Program, and
– advocating for increased availability of outdoor and indoor community rink spaces.
The Chicago Hockey Initiative began with a sidewalk conversation between two men’s league hockey teammates in October of 2011. Goalie Patrick Shaver told defenseman Scott Angove he wanted to start a non-profit organization. Scott said he would coordinate volunteers. Patrick and Scott recruited a mix of teammates, friends, and professional acquaintances to comprise a nascent Board. Together, as teammates, they worked through their philanthropic ambitions and drafted mission, vision, and objective statements to guide the non-profit organization.
The Chicago Hockey Initiative received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service in June of 2014. The original name of the Chicago Hockey Initiative was the Butchers Union Group NPO, in honor of the men’s league hockey team which brought the original Board members together. However, it quickly became clear that the original name did not adequately represent the scope of the Board’s ambition, and the non-profit was renamed the Chicago Hockey Initiative in May of 2015.