Established in 1995, the Griffins Youth Foundation promotes
academic excellence, community involvement and healthy
lifestyles among the youth of West Michigan, enhancing
their lives through hockey and ice-related sports.
Detailed information for current and prospective players and parents is available here.
2013 Great Skate Winterfest
2013 Griffins & Sled Wings Game
2012 Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic
Check out our photo galleries!
11th Annual Great Skate Winterfest - Jan. 12-13, 2013
8th Annual Griffins & Sled Wings Game - Feb. 12, 2013
19th Annual Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic - Aug. 26, 2013
GRIFFINS YOUTH FOUNDATION PROGRAMMING
All programs are FREE. Equipment and ice time are provided by the GRGYF.
Olympic Division (1-2-3)
Co-ed hockey instruction and games for first, second and third grade children.
Adams Division (46er)
Co-ed hockey instruction and games for fourth, fifth and sixth grade children.
Middle/High School Hockey
Co-ed hockey instruction and games for students in grades 7-12.
Hockey instruction and games for girls in grades 6-10, featuring an all-female coaching staff.
Co-ed hockey instruction and games for physically challenged youth. Sled hockey rules are virtually identical to traditional hockey, except participants are on bladed sleds.
The Grand Rapids Sled Wings, a team of physically challenged children and young adults, are sponsored by the foundation in partnership with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Since becoming the first junior-level sled hockey team in Michigan upon their founding in 2001, the Sled Wings have gained a national reputation through wins in various prestigious tournaments – including the 2012 national championship – and their continuing development of high-caliber players.
In addition to hockey programming, we offer various ice skating opportunities, including holiday lunch skates and Special Olympics speed skating.
Rosa Parks Circle
We also provide all the skates for Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink, the downtown outdoor facility that draws over 20,000 visitors per year.
All skating and hockey programs are held at Griff's IceHouse at Belknap Park.
For more information about the Griffins Youth Foundation, please contact:
Our programming is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and donors, including: