No longer limited to able bodied players, hockey's new growth is in disabled disciplines. It provides these new players all the great benefits of the sport from physical to social.
The Hendrickson Foundation seeks to grow the game of hockey by including individuals with mental and physical disabilities.
Whether the player uses a wheelchair, had a loss of limb, has intellectual disabilities or was injured serving in the military, the Hendrickson Foundation supports a program for them.
The benefits are significant. Playing sports teaches life values that affect both the individuals and their families. Being on the ice improves physical and mental health. For many of these players, it is the end of retreating inward and the beginning of reaching out socially to participate, create friendships, and have some fun!
The Hendrickson Foundation knows that for every hockey player with disabilities we have on the ice today, there are literally thousands who we've yet to reach. We will be tireless in our efforts to grow participation through awareness of our programs, as well as providing financial assistance to families in need. We also know we can't do it alone.