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Sled Hockey Program

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 50 K
Funding amount
Project Title: Sled Hockey Program. Brief Project Description: Sled hockey is played like traditional hockey on a standard rink with regulation-sized goals, six players per team on the ice, with additional players on the bench to rotate, and three twenty-minute periods per game. Participants use specially designed sleds which sit on top of two attached skate blades with a central pivot. Straps keep the player secure in the sled. Each player has two short hockey sticks with wooden blades on one end to control the puck and metal picks on the other end to propel the sled across the ice. Typical sled hockey athletes have SCI, neurological disorders such as spina bifida or CP, loss of one or both legs, or another disability that precludes participation in stand-up hockey. In response to requests from the community and from other local organizations, IRI, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Athletics, Baxter Arena, Nebraska Adaptive Sports, and the Omaha Paralympic Sports Club, intends to establish a sled hockey program in Omaha. Hockey is a very popular competitive team sport in the Midwest and represents a gap in service in the community and in IRI’s available Paralympic sports. Sled hockey, the adaptive form of ice hockey, is a fast growing Paralympic sport. Expected Outcomes: The overall expected outcome is that people with SCI who reside in IRI’s service area will have access to a permanent and comprehensive sled hockey program including opportunities for team competition with communities within a day’s travel from Omaha and recognition as a Paralympic practice site. Specific measurable short term and long term goals include: Offer Learn to Play Sled Hockey Clinics to develop adult and youth sled hockey teams; Develop adult and youth sled hockey teams to be operational for the 2020-2021 hockey season; Attain status as a Paralympic practice site. In support of this goal, a former UNO Hockey Coach has initiated discussions with the US Paralympics; and Provide assistance and guidance to other communities in the region to establish programs. (CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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