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Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Clinic

Alexandra Lloyd,   Lawndale Community Academy
Community Playtime – It’s Good for Everyone
Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Clinic

Lawndale Community Academy does not have a P.E. program due to budget cuts. Lawndale students rarely participate in structured physical activity. The Chicago Blackhawks offer a program called G.O.A.L (Get Out and Learn) to teach basic hockey skills to Chicago students. We invited the G.O.A.L program out to Lawndale on January 31, 2017 to lead a hockey clinic for 4th and 5th grade students. Lawndale students were a little hesitant at first, as many of them had never played hockey before, but the G.O.A.L instructors led a clinic that was engaging for our students. The students loved it! The students even got to participate in a scrimmage game with the instructors. The Chicago Blackhawks donated hockey sticks, balls, goals, goalie helmets and jerseys for Lawndale's future use. It was a great program and gave Lawndale students exposure to a sport they haven’t played before.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students, teachers and G.O.A.L instructors worked together to learn basic hockey skills. Many of the students and teachers were beginning hockey players. We had to learn the skills together!