The New York State Fair, in Syracuse, New York is an annual celebration of community, summer fun, and amusing delights. This year was no exception and it included The Sled Hockey Foundation (SHF) and a terrific Just Try It sled hockey event on August 30th, Armed Forces Day at the Fair.
The SHF conducted the sled hockey event in the new Exposition Center where a clean sheet of ice on the enclosed hockey rink supported over 100 participants in just two hours. Adam Page, the SHF founder, and three-time Paralympic Sled Hockey Gold Medalist with Team USA, greeted fans and took to the ice to skate with everyone. It was a truly fantastic day that saw the most participants of any previous Just Try It event conducted by the SHF – while the Fair also enjoyed record attendance this year.
“We love doing this to expose people to this great adaptive sport that has given me so much,” Adam commented. He went on to say, “The Sled Hockey Foundation works to change people’s lives by offering children and adults with mobility disabilities the chance to learn and play a great sport, compete, and celebrate athletic achievement – something they may not otherwise get to do.”
The SHF is expanding its efforts to serve mobility disabled children, adults, and injured military veterans by including wheelchair lacrosse in its adaptive sports activities. Keep an eye on the SHF’s website and monthly Newsletter for information on upcoming sled hockey and wheelchair lacrosse events. As always, these events are free and aimed at introducing these great sports to the public.
Please note that the SHF always welcomes donations from the community as those generous investments allow the foundation to do its important work.
The SHF thanks its friends at the New York State Fair for their support and partnership.
The Sled Hockey Foundation's Adam Page joins participants as they try sled hockey at The New York State Fair
Adam Page teaching young participants the basics of sled hockey
Norm Page, The Sled Hockey Foundation President of the Board of Directors, helps young skaters onto the ice
Just Try It participants trying out sled hockey at The New York State Fair
Three-time Paralympian gold medalist, Adam Page, meets with fans at the New York State Fair