Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley and several Blackhawks players on Tuesday held a youth hockey clinic at the Center on Halsted, Chicago's LGBT community center.

Chicago Blackhawks center Denis Savard, defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and center Brett McLean led neighborhood kids in hockey drills, team-building exercises, and scrimmages.

Blackhawks Charities also donated hockey equipment for permanent use at the community center.

“Hockey is for everyone, and it's important that we give kids of all backgrounds the opportunity to play sports,” said Quigley.

Emanuel, who in June officiated over the civil union of one of his top staffers, added: “I am committed to building a healthier Chicago which focuses on providing children more opportunities to be physically active.”

“Athletics can help young people build confidence and leadership,” Center on Halsted CEO Modesto 'Tico' Valle said. “Unfortunately, too many LGBT youth are prevented from participating fully in team sports because of bullying or other obstacles. We're proud to work with Mayor Emanuel, Rep. Quigley and the Chicago Blackhawks to provide the equipment, the training and the safe environment necessary for LGBT youth to participate.”