EVENT DATE: Sep 18, 2011
I'm running (word used extremely loosely) the 2011 Philadelphia Rock N' Roll Half Marathon on Sunday, September 18. Usually, I run races so I stay motivated to train and prevent myself from developing a fourth chin. This year is different.
Last weekend, I had the privilege of attending the US Power Hockey Championship at Neumann University in Aston, PA. Teams from Michigan, Minnesota and North Carolina competed in the three day event along with the host team, the Philadelphia PowerPlay.
The PowerPlay was started by my brother, Pat Hilferty, in 2003 as a competitive and social outlet for people who use motorized wheelchairs. The regular season team consists of 30 players ranging in age from 8 - 41 with diseases such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, etc. The 14 best players were selected to participate on the tournament team.
I'm requesting donations to help support the PowerPlay in purchasing equipment and helping make their dream a reality of attending the North American Power Hockey Championship next summer in Michigan. Between 8 and 12 teams from the US and Canada will compete in the North American Championship.
I understand economic times are difficult, but any help would be greatly appreciated by myself and all the PowerPlay coaches, volunteers and players.
Please check out their website at www.philadelphiapowerplay.com and see below.
Thank you in advance!
About the Philadelphia PowerPlay:
The Philadelphia PowerPlay is a power wheelchair floor hockey team based in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. The team is insured and sponsored by United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity. The team follows the rules and regulations of the United States Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association (U.S. EWHA).
They believe that competition and challenge are healthy and necessary for all people, regardless of ability. The Philadelphia PowerPlay is an athletic team which provides a quality, well organized recreational and social program within the community. Their emphasis is on teamwork, skill development and fun. The team is open to all persons who are competent power wheelchair users.