Our mission: It's all about the kids!
Contact us at (810) 354-GFHA (4342) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dylan (l) and Jonah
Dylan Siegel's best friend, Jonah Pournazarian, has a rare liver disease in which he requires constant care to survive. Dylan, now 8, wanted to help his best friend so at age 6, he wrote a book called, "Chocolate Bar." He called it that because Dylan said his friendship with Jonah, 9. was awesome like a chocolate bar. Since the introduction of his book two years ago, which sells for $20 a copy, he now has raised $1,000,000. Yes, that's one million dollars and counting with all of the proceeds going towards finding a cure for Jonah and others who suffer from this rare disease! We've had a link to his book on our home page (under Partnerships), along with other great causes, for those two years and because of Dylan's valiant effort to continue to fight until a cure is found, we'll continue to stand by his side. And by doing so, we hope in some small way we somehow help Dylan find that cure for his best friend, Jonah. For an ABC News video, click here.
GFHA and USA Hockey's "Try Hockey For Free Day" on Saturday, November 8th, was a huge success with 49 participants on the ice. All of the kids had fun, as did the U of M Flint Hockey players that helped out during the event by giving instruction and skating with the participants. Another day is being planned during the weekend event "Hockey Across America" on Feb. 21st. and one before that date on Jan. 18th. Stay tuned and thank you to all that came out! Click here to read more about the record setting day, as this day surpassed the record number nationally in 2013 by over 2,000. Please read more below about a special offer to our participants.
To all participants, ages 7 - 12, of our "Try Hockey For Free" day, a coupon code was sent via email good for a FREE 2014-15 USA Hockey membership. This membership is the USA Hockey registration required to participate in all of our programs and is valued at $45. The email was sent by USA Hockey to the email addresses listed on the "Try Hockey For Free" registration. The offer must be redeemed by Dec. 31st, 2014. For kids 6 and under the USA Hockey membership is free with no coupon code needed.
The registration forms for the 2014-15 fall / winter season are posted here and available at the arena. We offer all levels of play including a Learn-To-Play program for kids ages 4 to 15. Also, new to the Flint area, we're offering Sled Hockey for the disabled, both youth and adult. The Learn To Play and Sled Hockey programs are offered in 8 week sessions or a twice weekly 16 week session. The second 8 week session starts November 15th at 11 am. This program is pro-rated for those who join after the start date. Mite hockey (birth years 2006 - 2007) is a part of the ADM / half ice, cross ice program and up to 12 full ice games can be played starting Jan. 1st thru March, 2015. The mite teams for the full ice games can be created starting December 15th and is a seperate program for those who want to participate. SquirtWees are for 9 to 12 year-olds who are just starting but are considered too old by others' Learn To Play programs and not seasoned enough to be placed on a team, or for those who might not have a team and just want to have fun. Continue to visit our site for updates or e-mail us at email@example.com. We're a member of USA Hockey and the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association.
Have any hockey equipment not being used? Please help us help others. We're in need of mainly youth gear... skates, sticks, gloves, pants, protective gear, goalie equipment, disabled hockey gear. We accept all donations, including monetary. Donations can be dropped off at Crystal Fieldhouse (the former Ice Mountain). A thank you goes out to Rico Phillips, City of Flint Firefighter and referee, and Shaun Doss, a sled player with the Grand Rapids Sled Wings, for their recent donations to our association!
Players with birth years 2006 and 2007 can be rostered starting Dec. 15th, 2014 to play up to 12 full ice games from Jan. 1st, 2015 thru March 30th, 2015. If interested please call (810) 354-4342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration form is below.
Openings remain for GFHA's Midget BB team, ages 14 to 18, to play in Adray's Midget League that begins play in late November / early December. If interested please contact us at email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , or phone (810) 210-7811.
for Learn To Play, Mites, SquirtWees, Sled Hockey, and Midget B / BB
Having a disability is hard enough: a lot of obstacles to overcome, limited accessibilty to a lot of things, but most importantly, being accepted and included. Having a disability shouldn't mean you can't participate in actitvities an abled body person enjoys doing. For the most part, it might be just knowing the activity is available, like sled hockey. Yes, hockey played in a sled. Through specially designed equipment, those with a disability can enjoy being out on the ice and playing the greatest game on earth. And it's a total blast! GFHA is teaming up with USA Hockey to put disabilities on ice by making sled hockey available to Flint and the surrounding areas because hockey is for everybody who wants to participate. If interested, please contact our Disabled Hockey Coordinator, Mick Carroll at (810) 210-7811 or email@example.com. Click here to watch a great video on sled hockey.
A special thanks to Jerry and Tiffany, owners of Sharky's Sports Bar, for their support of Disabled Hockey. Without them, and others like them, it makes it very difficult to give kids with special needs an opportunity to enjoy the same things that their able bodied counterparts are able to do. So to Jerry and Tiffany, THANK YOU!!!!
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