UCT has been dedicated to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 60 years. We’re the national sponsor of American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) to help grow special hockey programs for individuals with disabilities. Each year, UCT donates $15,000 to $20,000 to ASHA at the annual UCT Winter Hockey Festival.
ASHA is a volunteer-driven association created to benefit players with disabilities. Some of the most common of these are autism, Down syndrome, Tourette syndrome, cerebral palsy and ADD/ADHD. ASHA’s programs give players of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey. There are currently more than 50 special hockey teams in more than 30 cities throughout the U.S.
UCT members support ASHA through such volunteer efforts such as sponsoring ice time for games and practices, hosting post-practice lunches, helping sponsor tournaments and camps, and holding fundraisers to help teams with travel costs and purchasing necessary equipment.
For more information on ASHA programs, contact Community Outreach Manager Jen Szymczak.