3rd Annual Charity Sled Hockey canceled

Winston Salem, NC –

               The 19-20 season would have marked the 3rd Annual Charity Sled Hockey game against the Ice Hawks Sled Hockey Team. With the Carolina Thunderbirds season ending due to the Covid-19 unfortunately the charity sled hockey game didn’t happen this year. The Ice Hawks Sled Hockey team has grown in record numbers this season; seventeen players, fifteen assistant coaches, and twenty plus volunteers. Sled hockey is a hockey program for those who are disabled which takes place at the Winston Salem Fairgrounds twice a week. The Ice Hawks Sled Hockey team was created to bring the sport of hockey to those disabled; as well brought laughter, smiles and a sense of community.

              The Carolina Thunderbirds have taken on the Ice Hawks in a charity sled hockey game for the past 2 seasons. This charity game was created to raise funds for new sleds and other equipment needed to keep the program going.  During the Thunderbirds season, the Ice Hawks sold “Wheeley Cool Hockey” shirts to help raise funds. One of the biggest supporters this season was Salem Smiles, Platinum Sponsor also challenged the Carolina Thunderbirds Flock to help donate to this wonderful cause. Salem Smiles would match the funds donated. Thanks to the flock’s support, Dr. Sarah Shoaf of Salem Smiles kept her word and matched funds at $1,650.25. The Ice Hawks and the Carolina Thunderbirds would like to thank our flock and Salem Smiles for continuous support towards Sled Hockey.

           Although the Carolina Thunderbirds haven’t won a sled hockey game, they look forward to the challenge next season. Our goal is to help continue to grow the sport of sled hockey in the Triad. If you’re interested please check out their website Sled Hockey Website or on their Facebook