Skokie Amateur Hockey Association ushers in first weekend of 2018 with their Annual Hornets Sled Hockey Fundraiser.
This year the Flyers set an ambitious fundraising goal of $3,000 for their annual Hornets Sled Hockey Fundraiser. On Saturday, January 6th they surpassed that goal by $1000, when SAHA Vice President, Ryan Mollett, presented the Hornets with a check for $4,000.
“This is a very important night, as our two organizations have a tremendous bond and a great deal of respect for one another,” stated SAHA President, William Mack. “We are very proud of the overwhelming amount of support shown by our Flyers families year after year.”
The cost of admission for the event is $5 per person or $10 per family. A 50/50 Split-the-Pot and Silent Auction with great items such as an Amazon Echo, front row White Sox tickets, wine baskets, Chicago Wolves and Chicago Blackhawks Tickets all helped the Flyers reach their fundraising goal.
However the highlight of the evening was the two benefit games between the SAHA U16 and U18 teams and the Hornets. Hornets Sled Hockey founder and USA Hockey Disabled Chairman, JJ O’Connor and USA Hockey President, Jim Smith were both on hand to watch the Hornets defeat the Flyers U18 team 7-3 and the Flyers U16 team 8-2.
The SAHA Board of Directors thanks all our families that came out and supported the evening. The event shows the strength of our Skokie hockey community.
About the Hornets
The Chicagoland Hornets are a Sled Hockey Organization consisting of players 5 and older whom have physical disabilities yet are determined to play ice hockey. As almost all individuals do, they want the opportunity to participate in sports and feel the camaraderie of being part of a team. In some cases it’s not even to play hockey; for some, it is their only freedom outside a wheelchair or walker.
The program was started in 2003 by JJ O’Connor (pictured on the right, seated center), a former hockey player who sustained a catastrophic injury in a hockey game, to give these players a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the sport of hockey.
The program is completely free to all of the participants. All funding is from gracious donations, and 100% of the money collected goes directly towards equipment and ice time. All Hornet Staff members are volunteers with extensive hockey background.