The American Development Model is an initiative that started in 2009 with the aim to teach kids to play, love and excel at the game. With its financial support, the Foundation recognizes that the more children who learn to play through age-appropriate training, the more who will be involved in the sport for a lifetime.
The Foundation has long been a supporter of programs that provide access for disabled and disadvantaged athletes to the game of hockey. The Foundation makes grants to numerous Hockey is For Everyone (HIFE) programs. HIFE is the NHL’s youth development program that supports orgs that bring the sport to participants of all backgrounds, including inner-city youth. The Foundation also supports various disabled groups to help grow and strengthen disabled hockey from the grassroots to the elite levels.
The safety of all hockey players is paramount. Among recent initiatives the Foundation has financially supported research by the Mayo Clinic on the effects of concussions in athletes and how to reduce the number of occurrences.
As the United States strives to be the best internationally, The USA Hockey Foundation is committed to helping the United States reach the top through world-class training programs and financial assistance.
Athletes, coaches, officials and parents all receive educational resources and training through USA Hockey. The Foundation supports the cause of creating excellence through consistency which is the aim of the USA Hockey education program.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and the Lester Patrick Trophy.