Kevin Gorter Memorial Endowment Donation

Contact: Melanie Freeman                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Telephone: 847.858.9012                                                             November 19, 2018







Chicago, IL, November 19, 2018 – The Kevin Gorter Memorial Endowment will present the Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey (CBSH) and Hockey Is For Everyone (HIFE) programs with donations of

$50,000 and $36,000 respectively on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 12:30pm at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills, Illinois.


“We are incredibly humbled by this generous donation to our program. Funds will be used to help defray the cost of tournament travel for our families as well as establish a scholarship program to assist families that cannot afford the cost of the program. CBSH currently has 3 locations – Center Ice of DuPage in Addison, Artic Ice Arena in Orland Park, and MB Ice Arena in Chicago. We hope with this donation to continue to grow the Special Hockey discipline to serve the Lake County area.” – Melanie Freeman, CBSH Director


“HIFE is so honored and excited about this donation! With this money we will be able to expose even more kids to this awesome sport. We can’t thank the Kevin Gorter Memorial Endowment enough for their generosity. Hundreds of kids will benefit from their donation. Hockey gives so much to the kids who love it, and this donation will continue to give for years to come.” – Brit Volini, HIFE Director


As previously noted, the presentation will take place after the first game of the CBSH’s annual Thanksgiving Tournament. USA Hockey President, Jim Smith and Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc., President, Mike Barrett will be present to accept the award with CBSH’s Melanie Freeman and on behalf of HIFE’s Director, Brit Volini.


“We encourage the Illinois hockey community to come out and support our Special hockey players during our annual Thanksgiving Tournament. In addition to the presentation of this amazing gift, the hockey community will enjoy some amazing games, gift basket raffles, 50/50 split-the-pot and chuck-a-puck. We hope to see everyone there!” – Melanie Freeman




Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey

Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey (CBSH) is dedicated to providing children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey. CBSH team members range in age from 5 to 55, and include both male and female athletes. The team is comprised of players that have Autism, Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities. CBSH strive to promote and emphasize the development of sportsmanship, team spirit, increased confidence, pride, and team unity while having a great time in the process.


Hockey Is For Everyone

The Hockey Is For Everyone program is an AHAI supported vehicle providing young athletes from socio and economically diverse backgrounds the opportunity to use the sport of ice hockey to promote academic achievement, responsibility, respect, teamwork and good character. We provide 200+ young athletes per year the opportunity to learn to play this great sport. The Program provides each athlete with full equipment, ice time, USA Hockey registration and a premier volunteer coaching staff, at no charge to them or their families. Click HERE for more information.


Kevin Gorter Memorial Endowment

The Kevin Deford Gorter Memorial Endowment was created by the Gorter family to honor Kevin Gorter who was a member of the Duke Ice Hockey club from 1984-1987 and President of Duke Sport Club Council for the academic year 1986-1987. It is in Kevin’s honor that this endowment has been created to assist, promote, and expand the sport clubs program at Duke University. The funds generated from this endowment are designed to help clubs offset the expenses incurred above and beyond the day to day operation of their club budgets. Monies generated from this endowment pay for Awards, Promotions, Post Season, Equipment, Special Training/Supplemental Coaching, and Depreciation. Click HERE for more information.

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