It’s no secret that Rep. Mike Quigley is a big hockey fan. After all, the Illinois Democrat helped to bring the Stanley Cup to Capitol Hill in December.
Last week Quigley, whose home team the Chicago Blackhawks are the reigning NHL champions, took to the House floor to recognize February as “Hockey Is for Everyone” month. The nationwide initiative aims to get more kids on skates.
“Every child should have the opportunity to play the greatest sport in the world,” Quigley said. “Increased access to healthy exercise will aid in the fight against childhood obesity and continue to decrease high school dropout rates.”
Quigley has been a lifelong hockey enthusiast and spent much of his youth attending Blackhawks games. In fact, he says there was a time in his life when he would get into brawls in the stands of the old Chicago Stadium with rival fans.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.