Rochester Special Hockey provides opportunities to individual(s) with developmental disabilities to learn and participate in the sport of ice hockey. Our organization utilizes hockey to teach responsibility, appropriate social interaction, self-awareness and to provide therapeutic value. Not limiting to the above, but also working with families to assist in providing information concerning benefits and programs that are offered through various agencies.
Many developmentally disabled young people have a strong desire to play hockey. They have the same need for social interaction and for physical fitness in order to be healthy, happy and productive members of the community. There are no other Rochester-area hockey programs where the developmentally disabled can play hockey regardless of their level of skill, age, or gender.
There are approximately 22,000 developmentally disabled people in Rochester and surrounding area. Our target population includes individuals with down syndrome, ADHD, autism, or any other developmental disability that would prevent the individual from being successful on a regular hockey team.
This program provides over an hour and a half per week of hockey practice where players learn skating skills, puck-handling skills, shooting techniques, and game situation drills. The program offers approximately 8-10 home games each season, and 9-12 away games. Players will be supplied any equipment they need and cannot afford. These services will be provided by an all-volunteer coaching staff, all of whom are certified hockey coaches through The American Special Hockey Association (ASHA).
We focus on: Health, Community Benefit and Economic Development
Where we are: Monroe, Ontario, Orleans
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