I'm the President of the Austin Blades Sled Hockey Team. The mission of our 501(c)3 non-profit organization is to empower physically challenged individuals through the competitive sport of Sled Hockey by allowing them to experience the joy of the sport and build personal athletic skills in a team enviroment. Comprised of both youth and adults. Austin Blades strives to bring greater awareness of Sled Hockey with a major focus of bringing more youth into the sport.
On a personal note, my son Grant, who is 12 years old, is the first youth on our team. His first time on the was on March 13th 2013. He was born with arthrogryposis in his lower extremities, club feet, a dislocated hip and no muscle in his calves. His upper body strength, however is amazing! He is a smart, loving, determined boy and that determination, coupled with his skills on the ice, got him noticed at the USA Disabled Hockey Festival by the USA National Developmental Team for a possible position on their team in the future. Sled Hockey has made a huge impact on his life. I feel it can make the same impact on other youth and adults with physical challenges.
WELCOME TO MY RALLY!
The Austin Blade provides an on-ice skating experience for children and adults with physical challenges by introducing them to the sport of Sled Hockey. Our program allows individuals with physical challenges to take part in a competitive team sport just like abled-bodied individuals and promotes physical fitness, self-confidence, and family values in positive team-building atmosphere. Our current program is an adult competitive Sled Hockey team with a youth Sled Hockey team in the works. Our motto is NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!
Our organization is run solely by players and volunteers (spouses, parents of the players and friends of the board members). 100% of all donations assist in covering the costs of running our program, which includes equipment, ice time (which is very expensive), membership fees to USA Hockey, advertising, and travel expenses to tournaments and special events. Please support the Austin Blades Sled Hockey Team so that we can create more awareness of Sled Hockey in Texas, grow our teams and give more physically challenged individuals the opportunity to play a competitve sport. Youths are the key to our future!
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