Washington Ice Dogs 60K @ 60
I plan to rollerblade 60K (almost 50 miles) from our home in Calvert County, Maryland, to the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Maryland to benefit the Washington Ice Dogs. I'm doing this to show that, instead of mocking the disabled, we would be better served celebrating the accomplishments of those not lesser than thee. My hope is to raise money for, as well as awareness of, this awesome program.
My son Garrett played as a goalie in mainstream hockey from Rec Mite through Midget AA. In 2003, at the age of 17, he was in a car accident resulting in a severe traumatic brain injury, requiring him to relearn how to eat, walk and talk. Hockey, having been a huge part of his life seemed to be over.... until we found the Washington Ice Dogs!
Special Hockey Washington was founded in 1999 to give children and young adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play ice hockey. With the encouragement and support of our friends at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Maryland, we skate every Saturday morning from October through April. Volunteer coaches and high school mentors challenge the players to improve their hockey skills, increase self-reliance and experience the joy of playing as a team. The challenges our players face in school and as they enter the work world are great. After years of this program we know that as our players mature in self-esteem and confidence on the ice, their endeavors at home, in school and at work also benefit.
Ice time is very expensive. Won't you please lend your support to help out the Dogs!?
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