The Ritchie Center welcomes the 10th Anniversary of Miracles on Ice June 6-10! The Miracles on Ice Hockey Camp is a one week summer camp for 9-11 year-old inner city boys and girls aimed at teaching basic hockey skills while providing classroom sessions in Math and Reading. The children are supplied with equipment, transportation, and meals for the duration of the camp.

In 2001, Gary and Leslie Howard started a family foundation to help young adults of financial need and exceptional ability obtain an education by funding college scholarships to Colorado State University and The University of Denver. In addition to funding numerous college scholarships, the Howards have combined their passion for education and athletics, specifically hockey, to establish the Miracles On Ice Hockey Camp. The camp is produced in partnership with the DU Bridge Project and the University of Denver Division of Athletics and Recreation along with other participating sponsors.

Miracles on Ice is sponsored by the Gary and Leslie Howard Family Foundation along with Participating Partners. The camp teaches students the importance of maintaining a strong mind and healthy body, and encourages discipline, commitment, and team play by blending education with athletics in a positive environment for learning and growth.

For one week each summer, 32 boys and girls ages 9-11, are picked up by 8:00 a.m. from one of four Denver housing project sites and returned to their respective sites by 5:30 p.m. Each day’s activities consists of two to three ice sessions, dry land training, math classes, reading classes, motivational speakers and team building exercises. Our volunteer coaches, lead the kids through hockey fundamentals, ice drills and intra-squad game scrimmages. All of these activities are designed to promote discipline, commitment and team play.

Learn more about Miracles on Ice online today!


Sample Schedule

Time Description
8:00 – 8:30 Pick up kids at Bridge Facilities and transport to DU Campus
8:30 – 9:00 Registration and equipment distribution, (morning snack)
9:00 – 10:00 Getting dressed and putting on skates for first time
10:00 – 11:00 First time on ice “skating basics”
11:00 – 11:30 Change into street clothes and move to classroom (snack)
11:30 – 12:15 Math session
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 Reading session
1:45 – 3:00 Dry-land Training
3:00 – 3:30 Back into hockey gear
3:30 – 4:30 Ice Session Two: Skating basics, Introduction to stick handling
4:30 – 4:45 Back into street clothes (snack)
4:45 – 5:15 Classroom: Recap (what did we learn), Q & A
5:15 – 5:45 Transportation back to Bridge Facilities (snack)