Not Forgotten Outreach, the local organization dedicated to motivating disabled military veterans and Gold Star families (family members of fallen veterans) to heal through recreational and therapeutic activities, is bringing Sled Hockey to Taos in 2015. They’re kicking it off on December 20th with the very first Taos Sled Hockey Clinic, hosted by USA Hockey.
Sled hockey (or “sledge hockey,” says the rest of the world) is a Paralympic version of ice hockey. Fast, physical, and engaging for players and audiences alike, it was invented in the 60s by a group of Swedes with physical disabilities who didn’t want to give up hockey. Anyone who is interested in participating in this program in any aspect is encouraged to attend.
“Our new adaptive sports programs, which are open to everyone, provide a means for people with cognitive or physical disabilities the opportunity to engage in recreational activities,” says Emily Sadow, NFO’s Adaptive Sports Program Director. “This enables individuals to gain strength, independence, and confidence through sports and fitness.”
The Taos Sled Hockey Clinic will be free and open to people of all abilities who want to learn how to play this exciting winter sport. This clinic is the kickoff event for Taos Sled Hockey — in 2015, the plan is to have a local sled hockey team, on Friday nights from 5 – 6:45pm. The clinic will be hosted by a USA Hockey coach; gear will be provided.
Speaking of gear: Not Forgotten Outreach received a grant from USA Hockey for five sleds. However, they’re looking for donations of helmets, elbow pads, and gloves, so if you can donate any of those things, please contact them here. They will also be looking for players, coaches, and referees for the upcoming season, so stay in touch if you’re interested!