Hello sports fans. With so much focus on basketball over the years I want to make sure that everyone knows about the other sports BORP offers kids in the Bay Area. Today I want to talk hockey. Sled Hockey to be exact.
Sled Hockey is a version of Ice Hockey where people with physical disabilities participate on the ice in specially designed sleds. These sleds allow the athletes to skate around using shortened hockey sticks with ice picks attached to the back.
Using the back side of the stick, the athlete can maneuver themselves up and down the ice.
Then you simply use the other end of the stick to handle the puck.
You can get the same type of movement and freedom on the ice as able-bodied skating and the physical nature of the sport has made it a favorite of some of the kids involved. Zach and Solomon take every opportunity they can to hit the coaches as often as possible.
BORP’s sled hockey program came about after a few years of discussion with the Oakland Ice Center. They graciously dedicated ice time and resources to get things going, and assisted us in securing grants for equipment. The Kristi Yamaguchi “Always Dream” Foundation kicked in and purchased the first set of sled for BORP to use.
Additional support has come from the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) and more equipment is on the way.
The goal of the NHLPA is to provide opportunities for anyone to experience Hockey and they support programs at every level.
Members of the San Jose Sharks have dropped by to skate with the kids and help get the program going.
Like any other sport, it is what you make of it. I am hoping that everyone will take the opportunity to experience the program we are offering. In the future we are hoping to have a youth team that will represent BORP in competitions around the country. On Nov. 14, 2010 the Oakland Firefighters will play against the Oakland Police Officers in the 3rd annual Guns ‘n’ Hoses event at Oakland Ice Center which will benefit BORP’s Youth Sled Hockey Program. See you on the ice!