In November, Greater Buffalo Adaptive Sports (GBAS) hosted 18 military veterans with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to an afternoon of sled hockey at Cornerstone Arena in Lockport, New York. Tom Chimenti, a Combat Stress Recovery Specialist, and his staff, led the warrior veterans on a three-day Odyssey to Western New York, highlighted by the exhilarating ice time.
Norm Page, board president for GBAS, and Steve Wischmann, the executive director, got everyone fitted in their sled hockey gear and on the ice for some drills, a spirited game, and an event-ending race down the ice. Adam Page, a three-time Paralympic sled hockey gold medalist with Team USA, stopped by to say hello and share his medals with the veterans.
“The guys had a great time! This is a new experience and they loved it!”, said Tom Chimenti, adding,
“Everyone will sleep good tonight – that’s a workout!”
GBAS and WWP enjoy a long relationship of providing recreational experiences for the participating warriors. These events have proven to be a favorite for many of the veterans who are looking for something to continue doing back at their homes. Sled hockey is growing around the country and programs can be found in unlikely places like Texas, Florida, and California.
Please visit https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ for more information on WWP.
Please continue to go to https://www.sledhockeyfoundation.org/events for more information about upcoming action. The new GBAS website is coming soon!
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