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FEB 16th - YOUTH HOCKEY FIGHTS FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM

By KOHA Staff, 01/14/19, 8:15AM EST

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Presented by: KOHA & the Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League

Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019 - WINGS WEST ICE ARENA (1pm-9pm)

Some of KOHA's youngest players will fill the ice with cross-ice games between the three High School contests that will be taking place that day (PNHS vs. Kalamazoo United, Blades vs. Eagles, and PCHS vs Mattawan).

Come out and support the event, have some fun, and watch some hockey!

7th Annual Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism - Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL) and the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) are once again partnering with Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research (GLC) to host the 7th annual Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism event to raise funds for autism treatment and build autism awareness in our community.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research whose mission is to partner with individuals and families affected by autism to improve their quality of life through effective and efficient diagnosis, assessment, and behaviorally-based treatment.

THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS

SWMHSHL Matchups

Portage Northern @ Kalamazoo United - 1:30pm

SW Michigan Blades @ Kalamazoo Eagles - 4:15pm
14th Annual Rivalry Cup Game

Mattawan @ Portage Central - 7:00pm
17th Annual Renbarger Cup Game

NEW THIS YEAR! SILENT AUCTION GIFT BASKETS!

During the three high school hockey games, there will be an
opportunity to bid on a variety of gift baskets donated by our
Kalamazoo hockey teams. We are asking for each team to put
together a basket that can be displayed and purchased on
February 16th.

With the help of our KOHA House, Bronco, K-Wings, JV and SWMHSHL teams, we could have over 50 baskets available with 100% of the proceeds going back to the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research. How awesome is that!

It’s time to get creative hockey teams! Please compile your basket and get to the KOHA office by February 9th, 2019. This will allow us time to promote and advertise the wide variety of baskets we have available. 


Representatives from ROI, Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment & Research, Consumers Energy, SWMHSHL & KOHA


AUTISM EVENT GAMES FOR KOHA - TBA


AUTISM EVENT GAMES FOR KOHA - TBA

TEAM BUCKET CHALLENGE - ANOTHER WAY TO HELP!

Each SWMHSHL Team will be competing OFF THE ICE as well on Saturday 2/16 with the return of the TEAM BUCKET CHALLENGE!

HOW CAN YOU HELP? Be sure to show your support by dropping a donation in your favorite high school team's bucket that day! Some teams have secured local businesses to match donations up to a certain amount (varies by team and sponsor). THEY NEED YOUR HELP! Proceeds benefit the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment & Research.

Thank you to the following 2019 Team Bucket Challenge Matching Sponsors:
 

THANK YOU TO OLD BURDICK'S at WINGS WEST FOR PROVIDING THE WINNING TEAM WITH A PIZZA PARTY!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism
  • The number of children with autism increases by about 10% each year.
  • The cost of lifelong care for a person with autism is approximately $2.4 million dollars.
  • The cost of lifelong autism care CAN be reduced by two-thirds with early diagnosis and intervention.
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • The cost for applied behavior analysis treatment is expensive! Children receiving 35 hours a week of ABA treatment can cost approximately $25,000 each month.

Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment & Research

Great Lakes has 3 locations - Portage, Galesburg, and Three Rivers

Great Lakes provides treatment for children 18 months up to age 21.

Early intervention proves to have the most successful outcomes!

Each treatment plan is individualized to meet the specific needs of the student.

GLC can make a difference in the life of a child, their families, and our community.