USA Hockey and The USA Hockey Foundation would appreciate your help in making sure all kids can return to the game they love. Right now, many of our hockey families are experiencing financial hardship.
With a donation to our Membership Relief Fund, you are ensuring that a child can return to hockey by covering the cost of their USA Hockey membership.
The positive impact that comes from hockey is limitless. Let’s keep the kids playing so they can continue to experience the joy of the game and stay connected to their community.
Membership Relief Fund grant applications for the 2022-23 hockey season can be submitted starting April 1, 2022. Click here to start the application process.
Below are a few statements from grateful parents who applied for a grant from the Membership Relief Fund:
"Hockey keeps my son focused and motivated to do the right things. Hockey has been his life, all his life."
"My daughter thrives while playing hockey, the friendships she has maintained, the confidence gained and the much-needed guidance from coaches are second to none. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, I have had to take time off from work, as I am a single mother. The grant will allow my daughter to continue to grow and thrive as a young hockey player. She has been feeling the effects of isolation and missing her friends at the rink. I would truly appreciate any assistance for this hockey season."
"My son has severe ADHD and being home and not able to see his friends and get out and exercise with COVID-19 closing everything; it has been a pretty big challenge for him. He’s been looking forward to hockey since the last season ended."
"Having a girl who plays hockey is a lot different than having a boy. When my daughter started playing hockey, it was very intimidating for her because she was the only girl on her team. Today, she is a different person because of hockey. It helped her to let go of her fears and being shy, and she gained so much confidence in herself, not only as a player but in her daily life. Being a hockey player has taught her so many great things by being part of this sport such as:1. Give 100% when she is on and off the ice. 2. Being part of a team and learning how to communicate effectively with her teammates. 3. Working and practicing hard to win and accept losses and understand how it happened. 4. Having self-esteem that helps her face challenges and being strong mentally, emotionally, and physically. 5. Through playing hockey, she stopped stuttering and built her own unique character that makes her stand out and gives her confidence. 6. Learning how to focus and not be distracted.7. Understanding the importance of time and being organized and prepared for each game and practice. 8. Being responsible by taking care of her equipment and making sure she is prepared."
"I have two boys who play hockey. I will give my last dime to make sure they play. This is the only sport my kids have stayed in for years. Hockey is their happy place. Their home away from home. Hockey gives them a positive outlet from the things that have affected us this year. I have been laid off of my job due to the pandemic as well has been diagnosed with breast cancer this year. With medical bills and our household bills piling up, this will help them greatly and give them a place to let go of the chaos surrounding us and let them have fun and normalcy."
"I am a single mom committed to helping my children’s love for hockey. Both children love playing hockey, pour their hearts into the game and their teams. They’re always looking forward to the new season. This sport has given my children so many unique opportunities, friendships, and character building which would not have been made possible in any other sport or activity."
"My son is 9 years old and struggles with ADHA. Hockey is his only sport that he’s been preparing for since he was 3, when he started learning to skate. Hockey gives him an outlet to get his energy out, work on team sportsmanship, and have fun with his teammates while improving his skills every season."
"I’m a single mother and I am disabled. My son absolutely LOVES hockey and comes alive on the ice. Without the grant, I will not be able to sign him up to play hockey this year. It hurts me as a mother that I am not able to afford for him to play such a wonderful sport because I became disabled and can no longer work. I would be grateful if we were to receive assistance so that my son can play another season."