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08-06-2011, 02:53 PM
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Nashville Youth Sled Hockey

The Nashville Predators Foundation has committed to launch a youth sled hockey team, The Nashville Sled Preds. Here's a link to USA Hockey if you want to know more about the sport.

The team is open for any disabled youth 20 years old or younger. Spinal cord injuries, amputees, CP, Spina Bifida, hell - bad knees, will qualify folks to play hockey in a sled. And of course volunteers are always welcome.

We are kicking off the season with a Sled Hockey Clinic on Saturday, August 27th from 1:30-3:30 at Centennial SportsPlex. Equipment, including sleds, sticks, pads, helmets, and jerseys will be provided free of charge.

We are also planning an informal "Open Skate" Sunday, August 21st, 2-4 pm at A-Game Sports in Cool Springs. The "Open Skate" is an opportunity to work one-on-one in a sled, on-ice with Jeff Loyd, our coach. Because everyone is a different size and shape, this session will allow us to adjust the sleds to fit the particular player in advance of the clinic. As with the clinic, equipment will be provided for the "Open Skate". Please be sure to notify me in advance if you know someone who plans to attend the "Open Skate".

If you have friends, family members, neighbors that may be interested, please pass along this information. And there is always one or two kids in every school with a disability that would love to play a team sport. Ask your kids. I'll bet they have classmates who are potential players.

And finally, let's not forget that programs like sled hockey are indicators that the sport has taken root here in Smashville. Help us spread the word.

Troy Weise, Director
Nashville Sled Preds

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