Sled Hockey Helps Disabled Children Play on the Ice

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

Children with disabilities often have to sit on the sidelines while other kids their age are participating in sports.

A group in Grand Rapids has changed that by introducing an old sport with a new twist. It's called sled hockey and it's giving children with disabilities the chance to hit the ice.

The kids use special sled and two sticks, instead of one to help them get around. Sled hockey is played nationally and internationally, but there's only one team in Michigan.

It's in Grand Rapids, sponsored by the G.R. Griffins Youth Foundation and the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The group was at Ice Sports East Lansing recently showing off their stuff.

The Greater Lansing Hockey Amateur Association, or GLAHA, now wants to start a team here in mid-Michigan.

For more information about Sled Hockey and how you can help start a team in Lansing, log onto GLAHA's website www.lansinghockey.com


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