The Generational Challenge charity match in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk 25 January was used to present a new children’s sledge hockey team, Sakhalinskiye Lvyata [Sakhalin Lion Cubs]. The project is being implemented by the Sakhalinskiye Akuly [Sakhalin Sharks] hockey club and the Preodoleniye [Overcoming] rehabilitation centre, which treats and supports children with disabilities.
The players will start training as early as February. Equipment, supplies and gear will be acquired under the Hockey for All programme. The Children’s Sledge Hockey League will be involved in briefings and training for coaches.
“The Children’s Sledge Hockey League open up the world of hockey for special needs children. The establishment of a new team in each new city gives us a lot of happiness and joy. We are happy to welcome to our large sledge hockey family the team of Sakhalin Lion Cubs!” said Leonid Tishkin, a representative of the Children’s Sledge Hockey League, in his speech.
In all, to date, Russia has 18 sledge hockey teams in 14 states, 2 hockey teams for the blind and 1 parahockey team, which includes mentally challenged children such as Downies and autistics. All in all, more than 200 kids play on the teams of the Children’s Sledge Hockey League.
The promotion of children’s sledge hockey in Russian provinces and the creation of new teams is sponsored by the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko.