October 22, 2012
Where do I start with how much America special hockey has helped my child? My son started to play special hockey 3 years ago. He has a dx of High functioning Autism/ Asperger syndrome. Shawn has never " fit in " until he started to play hockey. He feels that he is part of a " real team " and has become a team player! The friendships that he has made will last a lifetime. Special hockey has made a HUGE difference in who he is today! He stared out as an overweight child and now has lost weight and is a healthy happy child! He loves NOTHING more than being on the ice with his friends, and coaching staff. They NEVER let him give up and give him the self confidence he has always lacked! I now am watching my son help other children that are just starting out on the team that he plays for! Just this past weekend we were in Columbus, Ohio playing another wonderful team. I watch my son help a few kids on his team score a goal. The fact that he was looking out for another player was wonderful ! When Shawn first started playing hockey I always joke and say he started out ' laying ' on the ice! He had no idea on how to skate... Looking back to where he came from to what a player he is now, is just AMAZING! How American hockey has helped me as a parent? I will say that it has helped me network with other parents and I too have made so many friends. We look forward to going to games, it's like a family vacation for us. I've met some of the best people you could ever ask for! American special hockey has done more for us as family than you will ever know! Thank YOU! Kristin Gallagher
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