I am a physical therapist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network on Cape Cod. When I am not at work or at the rink with the sled hockey program you can find me hiking with my camera taking photos or riding my bike, two of my favorite passions, after sled hockey of course!
For the past 7+ years I have been involved with the Adaptive Sports programs with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. My journey in adaptive sports began when I signed up to volunteer with the bike club, as an avid biker this program sparked my interest. Pretty quickly after becoming a volunteer with the bike club I found myself volunteering not just with the bikes but also kayaking, wheelchair tennis and basketball, skiing, rock climbing, and Veteran specific events. 4+ years ago I was introduced to sled hockey, the program started as a winter sport introducing folks to the sport. Since that time, sled hockey has become a year round sport, we have a community group available for anyone who would like to try sled hockey and for folks who would like to play but not at a competitive level. 2 seasons ago our first B Team, the Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Team was formed playing in the competitive NESHL (New England Sled Hockey League) This past fall we launched our first youth team as well.
The Boston Shamrocks is a travel team with tournaments throughout New England during the season, in March we have regionals in NH where we play against teams from as far as New York, Pennsylvania, and Deleware. The highlight of the season is of course Nationals, here teams from all over the country and Canada merge to compete for the National title. The experience at Nationals goes far beyond competition, there are 160 teams participating this year, not only sled hockey but blind hockey, deaf hockey, standing amputee hockey, and special hockey for players with cognitive impairments.
As you can imagine the costs for running a hockey team are quite high; An hour of ice $300, a sled and a pair of sticks $800-1200, helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin guards, neck guard, and gloves $300-1000 (depending on size and quality) not to mention transportation and hotel costs. The athletes that play adaptive sports have many expences that the able body playes do not have; surgeries, day to day medical supplies, modified vehicles for transportation, wheel chairs and parts, prosthetics, etc. these expenses add up quickly.
Fundraising is an important component in keeping sled hockey accessable to everyone who would like to play. Adaptive sports is not just about the sport, it is a porthole to success, the personal confidence that follows these athletes into every aspect of life is inspiring!
Any of you that know me know my passion for this program, please help keep it available for anyone who wants to play.
CR Impact Points
Click the VOTE button to give Terry 100 CrowdRise Impact Points (CIPs). Vote for the Volunteers and Fundraisers that are answering the call to service, raising money for charity, and making an impact for their causes. Come back and Vote every months. CIPs can earn you the highly coveted, highly respected CrowdRise Royalty Status.
CR Impact Points
If you're seeing the grey VOTE button, you should feel great about yourself. It means you already voted for Terry this month. Come back next month and vote again if you still love Terry. Thanks to your vote, Terry earned 100 CrowdRise Impact Points (CIPs). CIPs can earn you the highly coveted, highly respected CrowdRise Royalty Status.