FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Central Okanagan Wildcats and Wild to Host Special Hockey Tournament!
(Kelowna, BC, March 19, 2018)– The Central Okanagan Wildcats and Wild are thrilled to host the 9th annual Special Hockey Tournament in Kelowna March 30&31, 2018 at the Rutland Arena.
The Central Okanagan Wildcats Special Hockey program was founded by Phil von Unruh in 2006 to give children and youth with autism and other developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey, and develop fitness, coordination, and social skills within a team environment. The Kelowna Wild Special Hockey team was founded in 2016 for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities the opportunity to continue to play hockey after playing with the Wildcats. New members as well as siblings and parents are welcome. Phil von Unruh continues to oversee and coach both teams. Trevor Long has also become a head coach for the Wildcats. Several parents participate in coaching also.
When the Wildcats was started in 2006 it was the only team of its kind in British Columbia. Phil was instrumental in helping to start several other teams in central BC, the lower mainland and the island providing members the opportunity to travel to other communities to play. The Special Hockey Tournament is held in the spring in a different host city each year.
715 am Opening Ceremonies Saturday, March 31st, 2018
630 to 830 pm Games Begin Friday, March 30th, 2018
745 am to 600 pm Games continue Saturday, March 31st, 2018
All games are at the Rutland Arena
The Special Hockey Tournament will feature six youth and four adult teams from Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, Kamloops, Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria and the South Island. The tournament will feature fifteen different games as well as two coaches’ games.
There will be an opening ceremony where Kelowna Mayor, Colin Basran will bring greetings and drop the puck.
At the end of the tournament there will be a banquet for six hundred people and closing ceremonies.
To learn more about the Special Hockey Tournament please contact
Phil von Unruh at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 250-763-0732 or
Trevor Long at email@example.com or by phone at 250-864-8326.
Phil and Trevor are both coaches and parents of players.