Chicago Blackhawks Announce Historic Partnership with Dreams for Kids

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Dreams for Kids and the Chicago Blackhawks announce a historic partnership to provide a place where young people of all abilities are empowered to fearlessly pursue their dreams and compassionately change the world.

Raising the bar for all sports franchises, the Chicago Blackhawks have created a North American partnership with Dreams for Kids, an international youth organization founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1989.

Providing a foundation of support to expand youth programming in all NHL cities and beyond, the Blackhawks have created opportunities for the most isolated kids in the world.

"This historic partnership will bring a generation of kids from the sidelines and empower them to live the life they have imagined." said Tom Tuohy, President and Founder of Dreams for Kids.

Dreams for Kids empowers youth with disabilities and those who live in poverty. In every community they are given opportunities to make a difference. It empowers them, it changes their families and it transforms their communities. Unprecedented among sports franchises, the Chicago Blackhawks have gone beyond the borders of their own city and extended support for youth that live in cities across North America.

1 billion kids live in poverty. 1 in 10 kids today has a disability. This is 60% of the whole population of the world. 1 billion kids have not even been in the conversation - until now. With this historic partnership they will have a voice, be united to their peers, and to service projects at home and around the world.

Through Extreme Recess, an adaptive sports program for kids with physical and developmental disabilities the opportunity is given to participate in sports and recreational activities, often for the very first time.

In Dream Leaders, youth now become active members of their communities and citizens of the world. Joining together in workshops and conferences, diverse youth learn about social issues, leadership skills, and diversity awareness. Working on and off line throughout the next 12 months the youth will create projects in their home communities and in developing countries.

The youth of Dreams for Kids will be supported by powerful social networking and innovative micro financing platforms. Working together, an entire generation of young people will be given the opportunity to see past wheel chairs, skin color and religious belief and create social change that transforms the world.

Dreams for Kids is a Chicago based international youth organization and U.S. registered 501 (c) (3) children's charity with National offices in Washington D.C.


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