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FEB 12th - YOUTH HOCKEY FIGHTS FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM

By KOHA Staff, 02/02/22, 5:30PM EST

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Presented by: KOHA & the South Central High School Hockey League

South Central High School Hockey League Matchups

11:00 am - Kalamazoo United vs Eastside Stars

1:15 pm -  Portage Muskies vs Mid-Michigan Marauders

3:45 pm - Kalamazoo Eagles vs Capital City Capitals

6:00 pm - Mattawan vs Jackson Lumen Christi

 

 

10th Annual Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism - Saturday, February 12, 2022

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2022

WINGS WEST ICE ARENA

(11am-9pm)

SILENT AUCTION IS OPEN THROUGH FEBRUARY 19TH

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KOHA TEAMS WILL PLAY GAMES DURING THE AUTISM EVENT

In addition to the great high school hockey taking place on the Blue rink, KOHA teams will be playing on the Red rink

Our House C 10U teams will play at 11:15am the 12U/14U teams will play at 12:25pm The house C program is the root of the KOHA program so please take a moment to acknowledge those young players.

KOHA is proud to be Hosting the USA Hockey Tier II 14U National Championship on March 31st - April 4th. The national bound KOHA 14U AA K-Wings Red team will be playing Macomb Mavericks at 2:45pm

The State Tournament bound KOHA 12U AA K-Wings Red team will be playing Trenton at 4:15pm.  KOHA will also be hosting the Michigan Amateur  Hockey Association State Tournament for the 12U AA Division on March 4th - 6th.

Please help us root on both of our teams during this great event

The South Central High School Hockey League (SCHSHL) and the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) are once again partnering with Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research (GLC) to host the 10th 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.

Members of the 2020 Event Committee presented the $18,127.24 check to ROI and GLCATR

Members of the 2020 Event Committee presented the $18,127.24 check to ROI and GLCATR

State Senator Sean McCann

MASON'S STORY

Solicited informed consent was obtained.

Simon's Story

Solicited informed consent was obtained.

SILENT AUCTION VOLUNTEERS

Please consider helping us with the event by clicking below to sign up and volunteer your time for this great cause. 

EMMETT & GAVIN

Emmett was chosen to participate in a ceremonial puck drop in 2020 for the game between Jackson Lumen Christi and Kalamazoo United. After the game, Gavin, the goalie for Lumen Christi searched for Emmett to have Emmett autograph his jersey.  Emmett had left the rink but a couple of weeks later the two met.

This was a special moment for both Gavin, Emmett, and Dana. Dana, Emmett’s mother, states “It was a heartfelt moment she will never forget Emmett felt so special and the look on his face is something I will never forget. He has his event jersey (provided by Hockey Services), puck, and the picture with the goalie framed for a special keepsake.” Gavin was equally excited for this time with Emmett. He stated, “Thank you so much, this truly means a lot!” After all, this is what this event is all about. 

Gavin reports, that his and Emmett's relationship is still growing strong. and they will be friends forever.

Today, Emmett is in third grade at Woodland Elementary School in Portage. He enjoys bugs, video games, and reading. She tributes Emmett’s success to his hard work and to the staff at Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research.

Gavin is a graduate of Lumen Christie in 2020. He is a firefighter for the City of Jackson.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
• Early intervention aff­ords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
• Applied behavior analysis (ABA) and therapies based on its principles are the most researched and commonly used behavioral interventions for autism.
• On average, autism costs an estimated $60,000 a year through childhood, with the bulk of the costs in special services and lost wages related to increased demands on one or both parents.
• The majority of autism’s costs in the U.S. are for adult services – an estimated $175 to $196 billion a year, compared to $61 to $66 billion a year for children.

Your support will greatly impact children diagnosed with autism and their families.

Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment & Research

Great Lakes has 2 locations - Portage and Galesburg

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.

Emmett & Gavin

Emmett was chosen to participate with ceremonial puck drop in 2020 for the game between Jackson Lumen Christi and Kalamazoo United. After the game, Gavin, the goalie for Lumen Christi searched for Emmett to have Emmett autograph his jersey.  Emmett had left the rink but a couple of weeks later the two met.

This was a special moment for both Gavin, Emmett and Dana. Dana, Emmett’s mother, states “It was a heartfelt moment she will never forget Emmett felt so special and the look on his face is something I will never forget. He has his event jersey (provided by Hockey Services), puck, and the picture with the goalie framed for a special keepsake.” Gavin was equally excited for this time with Emmett. He stated, “Thank you so much, this truly means a lot!” After all this is what this event is all about.

Today, Emmett is in second grade at Woodland Elementary School in Portage. He enjoys bugs, video games, and reading. She tributes Emmett’s success to his hard work and to the staff at Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research.

Gavin is a graduate from Lumen Christie in 2020. He attends Lake Superior State University and is playing on their Division II hockey team! He is studying fire science.

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