L-R: Anders Lindgren of Moment High School, Trevor Scianna of St. Rita High School and Nolan Sornson of Deerfield High School
Congratulations go out to Anders Lindgren of Moment High School, Trevor Scianna of St. Rita High School and Nolan Sornson of Deerfield High School on being named the recipients of the 2017 Blackhawk Alumni Association Scholarship.
The Blackhawk Alumni Association (BHAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the three most deserving high school hockey players in Illinois. Awards are determined from a candidate's level of community service, volunteerism, good citizenship, academic performance as well as the hockey talent of the individual who receives an annual $7,500.00 scholarship over four years.
These players will be honored at the Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the McDonald’s Lodge in Oakbrook, Illinois. All of us here in Illinois are proud of their accomplishments in the classroom, in the community and on the ice.
Michelle Radzik Morgan, Tom Dillon, Joe Moore, Patrick McAuliffe, Adam Stasica, Dave Svac, Don Cuba, Larry Coons, Chris O’Malley, Dan Kirby, Frank Avino, Bobby Laing, Danny Moir, Patrick Clyder, Adam Goldblatt, Jordan Pringle, Travis Tingey, Joe Adamczyk, Troy Murray, Pat Foley (not pictured), Cliff Koroll, Reggie Kerr, Grant Mulvey, Peter Marsh, Reid Simpson, Al Secord, Mike Mullins
What was started as an annual trip to reacquaint and re-engage former scholars with former players and Board Members, the 2017 trip saw a record number of participants. Started in 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona with 12 people, the 2017 trip to Dallas included 27 participants. The trip, funded by each individual participant, includes a non-hockey related activity, a meeting with the Board to revisit the strategic plan and ways for the former scholars to become more involved, group dinners and a Blackhawks road game.
In 1987, a group of retired Blackhawk players got together to discuss their future in the Chicago community. Their main objective was to "give something back" to Chicago and to the sport of hockey. In that meeting they developed a three-fold mission statement for the non-profit Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association.