AMERICAN HEARING IMPAIRED HOCKEY ASSOCIATION INC

Goals Beyond Hockey

aka AHIHA Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing   |   Evanston, IL   |  www.ahiha.org

Mission

GOALS BEYOND HOCKEY The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association instills confidence and self-esteem in deaf and hard of hearing athletes, while building life skills through the game of hockey. AHIHA is supported entirely by contributions from individuals, corporations and organizations. We believe very strongly that our program should impose as little financial burden as possible to those we serve. There are no dues-paying members of the organization and athletes who participate in the annual hockey camp are not assessed a fee for attending. AHIHA operates with an all volunteer staff, many of which return year after year.

Ruling year info

1974

President

Mr. Kevin Delaney

Registrar

Mrs. Karen Wonoski

Main address

9345 N Harding Ave

Evanston, IL 60203 USA

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EIN

23-7380537

NTEE code info

Olympics Committees and Related International Competitions (N71)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

AHIHA was established in 1973, by two men who were well known in the Chicago area. They had a large social network they could rely on to support the mission of AHIHA. That was almost 50 years ago when AHIHA consisted of a small group of deaf and hard of hearing athletes. Through the years, AHIHA has grown in size and both men have since passed away. Our largest fundraiser is our annual raffle which helps fund the annual hockey school. We would like to find a corporate sponsor and need to find more ways to generate funds to support our Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as our athletes who participate in the Deaflympics, World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships and the USA Hockey Disabled Festival.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Our flagship program is a seven day summer hockey school that provides the unique opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing hockey players from across the U.S. to skate with their peers and learn from the best coaches in hockey.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

The Disabled Hockey Festival is held every year, at a different location around the country. AHIHA has been participating in this USA Hockey sponsored event for many years. Our participants include boys and girls, from the ages of 8 through high school. This is a great opportunity for our younger players to represent AHIHA at a national event.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

The Winter Deaflympics and the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship games take place in different locations throughout the world every 4 years under the guidelines of the US Deaf Sports Federation and the International Committee for Deaf Sports. The games include several sports including ice hockey. The summer before the scheduled games, open try-outs are usually held during the week of AHIHA's summer hockey school. Many of the participants in AHIHA's program strive to be a member of the US Deaf Ice Hockey Team. It's a great opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing hockey players to represent their country during an international sporting event.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goals Beyond Hockey is our tagline.

Our mission is to instill confidence in deaf and hard of hearing hockey players while building life skills through the game of hockey.

Often times, the player is the only deaf and hard of hearing player on their home team. By offering them an opportunity to spend a week with others like themselves and address their individual needs, the players are able to relax and absorb all of the information we provide and it gives them a renewed sense of confidence when they return home.

There is no cost for ice time or hockey instruction both on and off the ice for our players who come from across the United States to attend our one week hockey school each year. Many players start out at an early age and return year after year.

We have an incredible all volunteer staff who provide quality instruction to our players. Sign language interpreters, on ice professional coaches and alumni, off ice conditioning coaches and trainers as well as medical staff to support our athletes. All members of our staff are familiar with the needs of deaf and hard of hearing athletes.

Family members are encouraged to attend the hockey school as we provide fun activities for everyone through the week. This allows families the opportunity to connect with other parents and siblings as well.

AHIHA is more than just hockey, it becomes a family.

We work with local organizations in the Chicago area to secure ice time, sign language interpreters, etc. Once these individuals and organizations see the happiness the hockey school brings to all the deaf and hard of hearing hockey players. They welcome us each year and want to be a part of AHIHA.

The volunteers are what make the hockey school happen!

We have seen players who have gone through our program represent the United States as members of the US Deaf Ice Hockey team. They have won gold medals in both the Deaflympics and World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships.

In 2010 we had enough girls attend the hockey school to start our first women's team. In 2017 they played in their first International competition. We hope to see the women's team included in future Deaflympic events.

Our younger players have also been given the opportunity to participate in the USA Hockey Annual Disabled Festival which is held in various locations throughout the United States.

We would like to be able to support all of these events for our players as well as continue our annual hockey school.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Added closed captions to our presentations and meetings.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN HEARING IMPAIRED HOCKEY ASSOCIATION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Kevin Delaney

Delaney Hockey

Term: 2017 -

Rich Dumas

Karen Gintoli

Joe Gotfryd

Rick McGaughey

Jim Siciliano

Lex Tiahnybik

Karen Wonoski

David Zimmerman

Kevin Delaney