USO Great Lakes is now home to an official Chicago Blackhawks air hockey room! A donation of an air hockey table sparked the idea to create a room centered around one of the USO’s most impactful partners, the Chicago Blackhawks. In early August, 12 USO Great Lakes sailors, staff and volunteers painted the room to match the Chicago Blackhawks logo and ice rink décor. Logo decals were affixed to the walls and Jay Blunk, USO Board Member and Executive Vice President of the Chicago Blackhawks, generously provided Blackhawks memorabilia including signed photos and a Chicago Blackhawks Jersey emblazoned with “Great Lakes” on the back.
The room is very popular among service members and families visiting the center, and is also a source of pride for the center staff and volunteers. Plans have been made to mount a small flat-screen TV in the room to stream Blackhawks games as well as recorded Blackhawks media.
Thank you to our partners at the Chicago Blackhawks, Board Member, Jay Blunk, and the dedicated volunteers and sailors who made this room upgrade possible.
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