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G.O.A.L. introduces hockey at the grassroots level to kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to try hockey. The program brings hockey to schools, community centers and other places where kids can play in safe, structured environments.
To make the game more accessible, the Blackhawks provide equipment, tips on how to grow the program and instruction from youth hockey coaches. The skills that youth learn through sports like hockey—teamwork, focus, the value of hard work, practice and perseverance—will benefit them in school today, in college tomorrow and throughout their lives.
On Friday, Dec. 18, Chicago Blackhawk youth coaches and team mascot Tommy Hawk visited Byrd School to provide tips and instruction. Students learned stick handling, passing, and defense before playing several short floor hockey games.
The school got to keep the equipment used in the clinic which included 30 Blackhawks street hockey sticks, 30 hockey balls, and two nets.