Chicago, IL, United States
The AHIHA is one of the leading sports organizations in the United States serving hearing impaired athletes. AHIHA’s mission is to instill confidence and self esteem in these individuals – many of whom find it difficult to participate in regular athletic programs because of their hearing disability.
Each summer, AHIHA hosts a week-long hockey camp designed especially for these athletes. The Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Hearing Impaired is named after one of the co-founders of AHIHA and a member of the National Hockey League’s Hall of Fame.
Since AHIHA was founded in 1973, over 2,000 hearing impaired youngsters from across the country have participated in AHIHA-sponsored programs and clinics. AHIHA has been the primary supplier of players to the U.S. Deaf Olympic Hockey Team, which has won gold and silver medals at several international competitions.
A not-for-profit organization that is based in Chicago, AHIHA also assists the hearing impaired community in other ways, such as helping players obtain hearing aids and speech, auditory and language therapy.