Colorado Thunderbirds Aaa Hockey Association Inc
Rating: 1 stars 1 1 review 567
Po Box 1045 Morrison CO 80465 USA
To provide the opportunity for youth hockey players, ages 11-18, to play hockey at the highest level in the u. S. , called tier 1 hockey. We have advanced one or more teams each year to the national tournament by winning at the state and district level first.
Colorado thunderbirds aaa hockey is a youth hockey program with 19 teams of various age groups.
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In short, this is a non-profit charity in name only. This is a AAA hockey organization used to enrich the owner, Mr. Thompson Smith, and hockey director, Mr. Angelo Ricci. Their method is "mandatory" fund raising that increases a families normal tuition by 30%. They use threats to keep member families in line. Parents of young players who dare to ask for finacial statements or how the "donations" were used find their sons removed from the team. At one point I was handed over $1000 worth of Denver University hockey tickets. The Thunderbirds would make $5 off of each ticket sold. I was told to sell all the tickets or I would owe the face value of the tickets to the Thunderbirds.
On our team alone, the 12 year old team, no less than three families were threatened with having their sons removed from the team unless they got in line with the program.
The tuition for the 2010-2011 season was $4200 per player. Once we joined we found there was an additional $2000 in mandatory fund raising. I'm not sure why they didn't require a $6200 tuition unless this is an IRS tax dodge of some kind.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Threats and intimidation
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Remove its 501C3 status and force the resignation of their Hockey Director.