Ed. Note: The following post is written by Craig LaPine from the USA Warriors, a DC-based program working with disabled vets to get them back out there playing hockey. This is very important: they're coming to Lowell to play against former Team USA Olympians. Let's all get out there and support these guys!
Greetings Bruins fans!
The USA Warriors are coming to Boston! The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program wants you to know that we are headed to Bean Town on April 8th to take part in the American Heroes Hockey Challenge in a tilt versus alumni from Team USA! This marquee charity event, which will be held on April 9th at UMass Lowell's Tsongas Center, will benefit One Fund Boston, The Travis Roy Foundation, and the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program. Tickets for this great event are on sale now! Several members of the "Miracle" 1980 Team USA are scheduled to appear, including Mike Eruzione and Jack O'Callahan! This will be an amazing event - I would put money on there being some auctions and raffles going on in addition to the game - so come out and support the Warriors, One Fund Boston, and The Travis Roy Foundation!
Following the American Heroes Hockey Challenge, the USA Warriors will participate in the USA Hockey Disabled Festival, which will be held at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass, from April 11th to the 13th. The USA Disabled Hockey Festival is the largest disabled hockey event of its kind. It brings together all the disciplines: Special Hockey, Sled Hockey, Standing/Amputee, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Both the Warriors sled and standing teams will participate in this annual event showcasing the skills of disabled hockey players. Come and check out this event, you do not want to miss it! More info on the festival can be found here.
So, who are the USA Warriors you ask? Well, here it is: The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program is designed to give military veterans who have been injured in military action the chance to play hockey in an environment that is suited to their needs. We operate in partnership with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and as a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit, are funded through sponsors and donor; the program is run entirely by volunteers, and its sole aim is to get those who have been injured our wounded in service to our great nation on the ice and playing the greatest sport on earth!
The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program has been organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, for United States military personnel wounded in defense of the United States in conjunction with the USA Disabled Hockey Program. The program's mission is to organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education to its participants. Some of the program's purposes include, but are not limited to:
1. Encouraging the formation of ‘USA Warrior Hockey Programs' locally and nationally;
2. To educate, train, motivate and encourage, individuals who have physical disabilities incurred during service to the United States, to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of ability of the participating athletes;
3. To integrate people with disabilities with people without disabilities in order to promote awareness of challenges and to encourage team building;
4. To use the game of hockey to assist individuals with disabilities in developing self-confidence, adjusting to their new lifestyle, rehabilitation, self-reliance, concentration, and to assist in helping participants back into mainstream lifestyles they were accustomed to prior to their disability, that will help the individual be more successful both within and outside a hockey environment;
5. To educate and encourage the general public about disability sports and the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program in particular and to promote societal awareness of the sacrifices participants made in defense of our nation.