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Shamrocks get Green Light on "Pass It Forward" Initiative

By Jon Gomez & JWHL Hockey Ops, 11/05/15, 2:00PM EST


USA Hockey grants funding to help grow & advance sled hockey across U.S.


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Thursday, November 5, 2015


USA Hockey Announces 10 Sled Hockey Programs That Will Equally Share $250,000 From Labatt Blue's "Pass It Forward" Initiative

Funding Will Help Grow and Advance Sled Hockey Across U.S.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey unveiled today the 10 sled hockey programs (see list included below) that will equally share $250,000 in grants provided by Labatt USA through its Pass it Forward initiative.

The funding will assist five newly created programs this year and five other previously established USA Hockey sled programs.

Grant Recipients 



Boston Shamrocks
Sled Hockey

Wilmington, Mass.

Eagle Mount-Great Falls

Great Falls, Mont.

Disabled Athlete Sports Association St. Louis Blues

St. Louis, Mo.

Hero Sports

Sioux Falls, S.D.

Palm Beach Tiger
Sharks Sled Hockey

Lake Worth, Fla.

Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association

Knoxville, Tenn.

Rochester Sled Hockey

Rochester, Minn.

Rochester Sled Hockey Organization

Rochester, N.Y.

Winterhawks Sled Hockey

Portland, Ore.

Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association Lightning Sled Hockey Team

Milwaukee, Wis.

"We're grateful to Labatt for providing funding to help further the development of sled hockey," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "The substantial number of applications we received shows the desire all across the country to continue to grow sled hockey. It was not an easy task for our selection committee to settle on the 10 recipients."

"When we began working with USA Hockey to figure out how Labatt could help support sled hockey, we learned that awareness and access are the sport's two biggest challenges," said Lisa Texido, brand manager of Labatt USA. "Everyone deserves the chance to play hockey and this 'Pass It Forward' initiative helps bring access to hockey to more athletes who want to play the game."

Each of the 10 programs will receive $25,000 to be used for items such as sleds, stick, ice time and uniforms.

NOTES: Of the 10 programs selected by USA Hockey, five are new for this season – Eagle Mount-Great Falls, Hero Sports, Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association, Winterhawks Sled Hockey and Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association Lightning Sled Hockey Team ... U.S. National Sled Hockey Team captain Josh Sweeney (Portland, Ore.) is leading the creation of the Winterhawks Sled Hockey Program, while U.S. National Sled Hockey team members Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.), Billy Hanning (Festus, Mo.) and Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) are members of the DASA St. Louis Blues organization.

Labatt USA's "Pass It Forward" initiative was created to help in providing access to hockey for everyone. Through the initiative, Labatt Blue is bringing partners together and increasing awareness to sled hockey through national advertising, commercials, promotions, social media and limited edition packs of Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light sled hockey cans. Highlighting Labatt Blue's sled hockey awareness initiative is its partnership with national sportscaster, John Buccigross, who is serving as a key ambassador. More information can be found at

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