Special needs skating program seeks Special Olympics participants

Skating program seeks Special Olympics participants, sets practices

  • PHOTO by Mark Cranston An invitational ice hockey tournament was held recently at Skylands Ice World in Stockholm. The event raised money for the Monarchs, a skating program for youngsters with special needs.

The Monarchs, a program for those with special needs, is looking for skaters who want to participate in the 2018 Special Olympics Winter Games.

Founder Brad Myers said the program, which is based out of Skylands Ice World in Stockholm, will be holding three practices in preparation for the competition.

The program, which draws youngsters from all over, recently held an invitational tournament that included three West Milford boys: Joey Vaspory, Luke Butler and Alex Hamblen. Also playing during the fundraiser was Alex Anson of Highland Lakes.

The practices, which are free, are open to all skaters. However, Myers said, competitors in the Olympics must be at least 9 years old.

Dates and times of the practices are: Sunday, Dec. 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 7, 4:10-5:10 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 3, 5:40-6:40 p.m..

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Two Monarchs brought home medals from last year's Special Olympics: Tristan Boohover earned two gold medals; Vinny Novick, one silver and one bronze.

The 2018 Special Olympic Winter Games will be at Skylands Ice World on Feb 6.

Practices will have the entire sheet of ice, Myers said, so anyone from any of the programs can come skate. Kids can bring their own sticks, and if there is any time, they can play some games, he added.

There will be no pucks on the ice during speed skating training.

All skaters on the ice must wear full hockey pads, helmets and gloves. Speed skating competition will be done in hockey skates, so there is no need for any specialized equipment, Myers said.

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