Kevin Gorter Memorial Foundation Donation

Contact: Melanie Freeman                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Telephone: 847.858.9012                                                              November 19, 2018








Chicago, IL, November 19, 2018 – The Kevin Gorter Memorial Foundation 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 Foundation 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




The Kevin Gorter Memorial Foundation

In 1987 Kevin Gorter died in a tragic car accident. Since then, his friends and family have raised and donated more than $300,000 in his honor.


When asked to describe Kevin, his friends said he was energetic, compassionate, charismatic, humorous, athletic and empathetic…and he LOVED hockey.


Kevin’s death came as a shock to everyone. After graduating from Duke University, Kevin lost his life in a car accident while touring New Zealand with friends from college. To cope with the enormous loss, and with the help of his family, Kevin’s friends created the Kevin Gorter Memorial Foundation. The fund-raising efforts focus on programs that support hockey for kids who have not had access to the sport, including:


  • Hockey Is For Everyone (HIFE), which introduces hockey to children of diverse and economically disadvantaged circumstances who normally wouldn’t be able to experience the sport.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey Program. CBSH introduces the game of hockey to children and adults with special needs, primarily children with Autism and Down Syndrome.
  • In addition, the foundation recognizes the Lake Forest High School JV hockey program with a trophy given in Kevin’s name to the high school player who best demonstrates Kevin’s passion for the game of hockey on and off the ice. The award has been presented at the Lake Forest High School hockey banquet every year for the last 30 years by Kevin’s friends.


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.


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