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JAN 27th - YOUTH HOCKEY FIGHTS FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM

By KOHA Staff, 01/01/18, 7:45AM 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, JANUARY 27, 2018 - WINGS WEST ICE ARENA (1pm-9pm)

KOHA's 8U 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!

6th Annual Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism - Saturday, January 27th

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 6th 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.

On December 12, 2017, Scott Schrum, CEO of Residential Opportunities, Inc. (ROI), visited The Lori Moore Show - WWMT Channel 3 to talk about ROI's 40th Anniversary and celebrations. Scott discusses ROI's journey in our community, his 35 year involvement, and highlights how our 6th Annual Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism event is helping to kick off some special event celebrations. Click here to watch the video.

SWMHSHL Matchups

Portage Northern @ Kalamazoo United - 1:30pm

SW Michigan Blades @ Kalamazoo Eagles - 4:15pm
13th Annual Rivalry Cup Game

Mattawan @ Portage Central - 7:00pm
16th Annual Renbarger Cup Game


Pictured from left: Scott Schrum, ROI, Greg Moore, Consumers Energy, Sen. Margaret O’Brien, Brian Bellware, KOHA, Frank Noonan, KOHA, Joey Norcross, GLC, Stephanie Dukesherer, KOHA

Help us break our 2017 record!

The Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL) and the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) partnered with the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research (GLC) to host the 5th annual Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism event on January 28, 2017. A record $11,306.74 was raised to benefit children served at GLC. Event sponsors included DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Wings West, Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association, Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League, Kingscott, Miller Johnson and the Kalleward Group.


WANT TO DONATE BUT CAN'T JOIN US?


AUTISM EVENT 8U GAMES 3:25pm 1/27/18

ARVCO ASSET OPTIMIZATION
HOCKEY SERVICES WOOLSEY ELECTRIC
WOODWARD'S GARAGE LOUIE'S

AUTISM EVENT 8U GAMES 6:10PM 1/27/18

BIMBO'S PIZZA RIGGS DENTISTRY
ROC ELECTRIC TUFFY AUTO
MOL-SON MID-CITY SUPPLY

TEAM BUCKET CHALLENGE

Each SWMHSHL Team will be competing OFF THE ICE as well on Saturday 1/27 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 Team Bucket Challenge Matching Sponsors:
RXOptical (Portage Northern HS)
Miller Johnson (Portage Central HS)
Horizon Bank (Southwest Michigan Blades)
Taplin Group (Kalamazoo United)
Ridge NAPA Auto Parts (Mattawan HS)
Galesburg Ford (Kalamazoo Eagles Hockey)
Bob Blaylock (Mattawan HS)
Kalamazoo Kettle Corn (Kalamazoo Eagles Hockey)
Mike May State Farm (Mattawan HS)
Curt Petersen (Mattawan HS)

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.