Santa Clause giving sled hockey a try with some fellow guests at Canalside
The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) was visited by a seasonal celebrity – Santa Claus – at the Just Try It event at Canalside on Sunday, December 17th!
Canalside again proved to be a terrific site for a Just Try It event with holiday music playing in the background and dozens of people out to enjoy the cold, but comfortable, winter season. Old St. Nick was in downtown Buffalo before needing to prepare for his big night. Santa got in a sled and had a great time skating with several participating kids and adults.
Again, these events are a great way to introduce the sport of sled hockey to a growing audience by getting anyone in a sled who is interested. As we know, most people who try the sport comment on the significant challenges of navigating the ice in a sled and the new-found respect they have for the athletes who excel in the sport. By raising awareness of the sport, the SHF hopes to also grow support for more area sled hockey programs so that any person living with a disability who wants to participate in this adaptive sport has the opportunity.
Santa Claus commented, “This is great fun – but it’s harder than it looks!”
He added, “Please let me come back and do this again next year.”
There is one more Just Try It event planned for this season at Canalside on Sunday, January 7th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
As always, we encourage anyone to come out, get in a sled, and see what this great adaptive sport is all about while enjoying the beautiful rink and surroundings at Canalside.
Left: Young guests giving sled hockey a try at Canalside | Right: The SHF team helping our guests learn the ropes
Left: Kids of all ages trying Sled Hockey with SHF
Left: The SHF team helping our guests learn the ropes | Right: Young skaters taking a break from the ice to meet Santa
Left: President of the Board of Directors, Norm Page helping Santa onto the ice | Right: Executive Director, Steve Wischmann checking in with Santa as he gives sled hockey a try