Adaptive Floor Hockey
Why are we unique?
We believe we are the only elementary adaptive floor hockey program in the nation where children with physical and mental disabilities are able to participate.
The adaptive floor hockey program is for students (3rd grade – 12th grade) with physical or other health impairments. This camp is especially tailored for children with disabilities (medically diagnosed neuromuscular, postural/skeletal, traumatic, growth or neurological impairments which impact the child’s physical functioning.) The SPCF began a pilot program the summer of 2001 and due to its tremendous success we are growing the program. This year an elementary league will run in conjunction with the high school program during the school year. It is our hope to grow this program into other communities throughout the state of Minnesota and ultimately the nation.
“It’s been a wonderful experience for my son. It’s good for him both physically and mentally and has taught him a lot about himself and others.”
-Janet Schlenker, parent
“AFH is the best confidence builder in the world! The kids are doing something no one else can do and if the kids in wheelchairs could get up and stand, they’d stand about 8″ taller… not to mention the fact that it’s just plain old fun!”
-Virginia Cormack, parent
“Adapted Hockey is the best sport on the planet!”
-Ryan Stack, player
“Hockey helps me set goals and work to reach them.”
-Eric Rud, player
Why is our program important?
We saw a need. By third grade most children can participate in community sports or youth ice hockey. The children we targeted don’t have programs available to them. We wanted to introduce the sport of hockey to these children.
The Shjon Podein Children’s Foundation provides the equipment, helps pay for the costs of gym space and interpreters if needed. We share our equipment and resources between the teams and stagger our camps to keep individual camp fees free.
If you are interested in developing an adaptive floor hockey camp in your area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We will assist in developing your program in any US state.