The Wheelchair Sports Federation runs the New York Sled Rangers, a sled hockey program for physically disabled youth ages 5 through 21. It’s one of the very few outlets for physically disabled kids to play competitive sports in New York City.
“Mom, I’m finally on a team!” When disabled athletes walk or wheel into their classrooms, and they say they are hockey players, it makes their able-bodied friends look at them differently, it makes their parents look at them differently, and it makes them think about themselves differently.
Today, I donated to the New York Sled Rangers, for their fundraiser in Bryant Park next month. The last time they held one, two years ago, Mark Messier was there. This time, two more New York Rangers heroes from that 1994 Stanley Cup team will be there: Adam Graves and Mike Richter.
The photo above is from a scrimmage attended last winter, between the New York Sled Rangers and the MIT hockey team. The able-bodied skaters didn’t stand a chance.