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About ICHA

Our Dream — To provide creative, safe, inexpensive, fun activities that combine athletics and academics for young people from all communities of New York City and Long Island.

ICHA offers the most comprehensive youth handball training program in NYC approved and supported by the United States Handball Association.

ICHA believes that young people are our cities most valuable resource. Help us to help these young people to help themselves, their families and their communities. ICHA gives young people an opportunity to grow, while having fun, providing an atmosphere of comeraderie and encouragement.

Join ICHA today and help all young people enjoy:

  • Safe and Inexpensive Fun Activities
  • Competitive Handball Field Trips
  • Training clinics in One, Three and Four Wall Handball, run by world class and national champions
  • Equipment discounts
  • Tournament discounts
  • Academic opportunities
  • Employment opportunities
  • MORE FUN!!!

A Few Reasons to Join ICHA

  • Support Junior Handball Development.
  • Support an active association dedicated to improving the quality of handball tournaments in NY City.
  • Support and join our efforts to promote the sport of Handball.
  • Get up-to-date tournament information.
  • Meet new players in all levels of play and all types of Handball. (Example: Hardball, Big blue, 1/3/4 wall handball).
  • Enjoy tournament discounts.
  • Enjoy Handball!!!!

What is ICHA?

Inner City Handball Association, Inc. is a public, New York community based, 501C3 not-for-profit, volunteer organization formed in 1991 initially to provide a source of centralized, local Handball information. Realizing a lack of organized tournaments for the hundreds of inquiring youths, ICHA expanded its services to run borough wide events in the summer of 1992.

ICHA has since run scores of handball tournaments servicing thousands of youths.

ICHA has now expanded its services to include:

  • Junior High and High School handball introduction clinics.
  • Junior High and High School after school programs in cooperation with the United Way and Sports in Schools Foundation.
  • Referee and coach certification programs.
  • Youth employment opportunities for high school and college students.
  • Recruiter for out of state colleges offering financial aid for young athletes in our sport.
  • Inexpensive athletic competitions for athletes ages 11-70 years young.
  • Subsidized field trips to regional, national and world handball competitions.
  • Subsidized YMCA/USHA and ICHA junior memberships.

ICHA enters its tenth year of successfully running events in cooperation with PSAL, CYO, NY City Sports commission, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Sports in Schools foundation, Queens and Manhattan Central YMCA's, The New York Athletic Club and Heisman Foundation. We are looking forward to working with community groups seeking to expose an inexpensive lifetime sport to the youth of their communities.

With training programs in place at the West Side YMCA and Queens Central YMCA, ICHA has developed a ICHA traveling team of competitive junior athletes. The ICHA team competes in one, three and four wall local, state, regional, national and world handball events.

ICHA understands the value of a positive and expressive outlet for the young. ICHA encourages corporate and government support of its programs. This support will enable ICHA to develop new creative programs servicing more of the 8,000 junior handball players of New York City and Long Island.