Dennis Brown | January 2, 2019
As a legacy to the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the National Hockey League and Chicago Blackhawks have donated $100,000 to support the redevelopment of the University of Notre Dame’s Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC).
Representatives of the RCLC were presented with a check Monday (Dec. 31), a day before the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins meet outdoors at Notre Dame Stadium.
The donation will be used to increase access to youth hockey in South Bend in the RCLC’s new 13,800-square-foot building, scheduled to open in 2020. Currently, the center serves approximately 600 people each week. The new building will provide more activities to local residents, students and community members, including regular access to hockey clinics and programming.
The Blackhawks, through their Get Out and Learn (G.O.A.L.) program, are providing the new center with hockey equipment, training programs and hockey clinics. Each year, the Blackhawks will offer updated training support for Robinson Community Learning Center staff and participants. To date, more than 300,000 students across 650 schools have participated in the Blackhawks’ G.O.A.L. program.
The NHL’s donation will support a new computer lab that will include the Future Goals’ Hockey Scholar online program, which uses hockey to teach STEM (science, technology, education, math) concepts. The program is targeted to students in grades 4-7, leveraging hockey to teach critical STEM skills, develop scientific and critical thinking skills and introduce STEM-related hockey careers.
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