Update 09/07/19 ~ The community support for CSAHA's Sled Hockey program has been tremendous. Your donations have exceeded our initial goal, and will go a long way to helping this program get back on the ice.
CSAHA has also received a donation of $20,000 that includes contributions from The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, USA Hockey, the Broadmoor World Arena, and the Bob Greene Memorial Fund.
Sadly, the Colorado Springs Amateur Hockey Association Tigers sled hockey trailer, full of adaptive hockey equipment and gear, was stolen. The theft is disheartening, but worse, is how it affects the children, adults and veterans who participate in the Sled Hockey Program.
The trailer was filled with gear for 30 players – sleds, hockey sticks, and bags of hockey gear. A new sled costs upwards of $600-$700 depending on adult or child size. Protective gear for players (helmets, shin guards, gloves, shoulder, elbow pads, and jerseys) can cost a couple of hundred dollars. CSAHA Tigers loan all the protective equipment and sleds to the players so that no family is prevented from participating because of a lack of personal funds.
We are hopeful our insurance will cover most of the replacement cost of the trailer, sleds, and gear so we are only asking for sufficient donations to make up the difference.
The CSAHA Tigers Sled Hockey program organizes and manages sled hockey programs for children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Our mission is to develop sled hockey programs that foster physical activity through sports and competition, and provide an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to experience the same thrill of the game of hockey as their able-bodied family and friends. The freedom of movement on the ice is an exhilarating sensory experience. Sports and recreation programs are important to the successful rehabilitation and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. These programs build physical strength, coordination, self-confidence and offer people with disabilities the opportunity to unite with friends and family in shared activity.
Katrina Langevin, parent of two Tiger sled hockey athletes, stated it best, “This organization has just been amazing, absolutely amazing for my kids.”