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Hockey In The Shadows – Players With Special Needs

Hockey is for everyone.  Even the National Hockey League agrees with this.  Grassroots movements from Nunavut down to Texas have expanded the reach of this great sport across North America; however, some athletes are still forgotten.

This is why I decided that I would run the Detroit Marathon, well half of it anyway, to raise awareness for the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA).

I am new to Kukla’s Korner and thus many of you may not know that in 2012 I lost over 85 pounds.  I started running last fall, coming upon the one-year anniversary of my first 5K I am in the sixth week of my 12-week training program before I run the International Half of the Detroit Marathon.

In part to show myself that I can do it and the other part to raise awareness (and hopefully some money) for the American Special Hockey Association I signed up to run the streets of Detroit, across the bridge to Canada, up the streets of Windsor, Ontario and head back north to Detroit via the tunnel.

Yes, I had to turn in paperwork to the race and Homeland Security to be able to participate in this race.

ASHA was created in 2000 for players with developmental disabilities.  The American Special Hockey Association gives hockey players of all ages and abilities the chance to learn on and off the ice by using skills they learn being part of the team.  Currently there are over 50 ASHA program in more than 30 cities across the United States.    

For families raising kids with special needs money may already be tight so having to buy hockey equipment can be yet another daunting expenditure.    Help me raise money for ASHA programs for equipment and ice time at their local rinks.  Every little bit you can offer can make a world of a difference for a hockey player and their family.

You can donate to my fundraiser Running for ASHA until race day October 20, 2013.

From all the volunteers and coaches, to the players and their families and myself - Thank you.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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