SUGAR LAND, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Gold Medal won in Vancouver by the 2010 USA Paralympic sled hockey team was “in the house” at the Sugar Land Ice and Sports center, as were current and former gold medal winners Taylor Lipsett, Lonnie Hannah and Sled Hockey All-Stars from Dallas and San Antonio.
Everyone was in town to support the STARskaters (www.STARskaters.org) mission of providing an on-ice experience for individuals with disabilities. The event was a 3 on 3 half ice hockey challenge with competitors at all ages and skill levels. Players ranged in age from pee wee to seniors who competed in the 50+ division. Other levels of play included novice, women’s, recreational, A/B and open divisions.
“I am always impressed by the size of the heart in the hockey community,” commented STARskaters.org founder Jim O’Neill. “Everyone here is passionate about the sport of hockey and ice skating and sharing this cool experience with individuals with disabilities.”
Also in attendance was Michael Segal (www.inspirationbymike.com), an inspirational and motivational speaker who knows disability firsthand. Michael was nearly killed after being shot in the head when he walked in on a convenience store robbery in 1981. Today, Michael is a social worker at Memorial Herman hospitals and works tirelessly with injury victims and their families.
The event was sponsored by 2020 Exhibits and supported by many other local businesses with hockey connections, including the Houston AEROS, New York Bagels, The Fox and Hound, and Lone Star Sound and Pictures. Over $10,000 was raised, which will be used to pay for ice time, equipment, transportation and other costs to allow STARskaters.org to provide their program free of charge to anyone ages 5 or older.
STARskaters.org is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to providing an on-ice experience for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities, and supporting sled hockey. For more information, visit www.STARskaters.org or contact Jim O’Neill at 713-446-6902.