The RI Special Hockey program offers Learn to Skate / Instructional Hockey for children age 4 to young adult with Down syndrome, autism, or any other developmental disability. Ice sessions are held Saturday mornings at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket RI, and continues from October – through March. No previous skating experience is required. Enrollment is open throughout the season for both Rhode Island and Massachusetts residents.
The program is designed for any boy or girl who is physically able to play, but would be unable to participate in any other organized program due to his or her developmental disability. Players must be free from any physical or medical condition that could cause them to do harm to themselves or to other participants.
The minimum equipment required for the program will be skates (single blade hockey skates) and a hockey helmet with face mask. We have historically found that players who have elbow pads, knee pads, hockey pants (with the standard tail-bone pad) tend to get up smiling when they fall – a great motivator for new skaters!
Many generous individuals have donated some used hockey equipment for participants in the program - We may be able to help out in this area.
We allow a few weeks for participants to try the program prior to registering.
For more information write to us at: RISpecialHockey@aol.com
or visit us on facebook: RI Special Needs Hockey http://www.facebook.com/pages/RI-Special-Needs-Hockey/165682481267