American Special Hockey Association (ASHA)
UCT is in its third year as the national sponsor of the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) to help grow special hockey programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our three-year donations total more than $50,000.
ASHA is a volunteer-driven association created especially to benefit players with disabilities. Some of the most common of these disabilities are autism, Down syndrome, Tourette syndrome, cerebral palsy and ADD/ADHD. AHSA’s programs give players of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey. There are currently more than 80 special hockey teams with over 1,200 athletes throughout the U.S. For more information on ASHA programs, contact ASHA President Mike Hickey.
UCT members support ASHA through such volunteer efforts 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.
ASHA parents are getting involved in the fundraising and support of their local ASHA teams by becoming UCT members and creating new UCT Alternative Councils. These councils are assisted by the outreach, marketing and design efforts of the UCT home office, and receive on-site event planning assistance.
For information on getting involved with ASHA or starting a UCT alternative council, contact UCT’s Community Outreach Managers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Hockey in Canada
Special hockey gives individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities a chance to learn and grow through playing hockey. There are currently nearly 20 special hockey teams in Canada that are members of Special Hockey International (SHI).
UCT started working with Special Hockey International to promote and grow special hockey in Canada. In conjunction with ASHA, SHI and member programs in Canada, we’re aiding in the formation of a Canadian Special Hockey Association to help support special hockey. Working with SHI and the creation of such an association will give Canadian members a chance to get involved with special hockey at a grass roots level.
Check out this amazing footage from the 2013 SHI Tournament