The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice and passionate ice hockey fan, was established in 1987. TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending 47 member-schools, which include public Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). The National Hockey League/Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarship will be an entirely new four-year academic scholarship for participants of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone (HIFE) initiative. The scholarship will provide opportunities for qualified HIFE participants to attend any of the country’s 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs).
Founded in 1978 by Neal Henderson, the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club is an NHL-sponsored, award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing local and inner-city youth with the opportunity to participate in organized ice hockey. The Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club is the official hockey program at the Fort DuPont Ice Arena serving children of all age groups. Participants have a wide range of experience in skating and game play and ages range from eight to seventeen. The program teaches young people discipline through athletics and coaching and helps establish self-esteem, a sense of purpose, and offers an incentive to excel academically. The benefits of organized sports extend far beyond the rink: the girls and boys who join the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club learn life skills. As these children grow, they will become better citizens and will learn to give respect and anticipate respect. Children participating in the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club have a 100 percent high school graduation rate, and over 90 percent continue to higher education.
The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program has been organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, for those wounded in defense of the United States in conjunction with the USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Program. The Program’s mission is to organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education. Some of the programs purposes include, but are not limited to: encourage the formation of “USA Warrior Hockey Programs” locally and nationally; educate, train, motivate, and encourage individuals who have physical disabilities incurred during service to the United States to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of ability of the participating athletes; integrate people with disabilities with people without disabilities in order to promote awareness of challenges and to encourage teambuilding; use the game of hockey to assist individuals with disabilities in developing self-confidence, adjusting to their new lifestyle, rehabilitation, self-reliance, concentration, and to assist in helping participants back into mainstream lifestyles they were accustomed to prior to their disability, that will help the individual be more successful both within and outside a hockey environment; educate and encourage the general public about disability sports and USA Warriors Ice Hockey in particular and to promote societal awareness of the sacrifices participants made in defense of our nation.