How Did It All Start?
In 2011, Founder Larry Hendrickson was in contact with USA Hockey and they asked for help with growing disabled hockey in Minnesota…to help provide the opportunity to play hockey to those in wheelchairs, with a loss of limb, with intellectual disabilities, or who were injured serving our country. In short, Larry realized that Hockey Changes Lives for everyone who has the opportunity to play and everyone, including individuals with disabilities, deserve the opportunity to play. As Larry likes to tell it, “These people zero in not on what is different about them but what is the same. With time, they’ve forgotten they are different. After I met the people, how their lives were affected, it’s one of the greatest joys of my life.”
Naturally the Hendrickson Foundation was formed shortly after in partnership with Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey. The mission: grow the game of hockey in Minnesota by being inclusive to individuals with mental and physical disabilities.
Enrich Lives. Break Barriers.
These are our stories on hockey changing lives!
Over the years, we’ve heard countless stories about how hockey has changed the lives of players in the programs we support. We’ve learned how significant that benefit is for the players and their families, on and off-ice, it’s much bigger than hockey. Here are a few of those stories: