March 7, 2016
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department and the Triangle Special Hockey Association (TSHA) are partnering to bring the Inaugural Carolina Sled Classic to Wake Forest. Free and open to the public, the event will take place Friday through Sunday, March 11-13, at the Polar Ice House, located inside The Factory, 1839 S. Main St.
TSHA is a hockey league for individuals with developmental or physical disabilities. Sled hockey is a sit-down version of ice hockey designed for players whose disability prevents them from playing stand-up hockey. TSHA is a fully donor-funded and volunteer-operated program offered to families at low or no cost.
The Inaugural Carolina Sled Hockey Classic will feature two teams from Florida and one team each from Nashville and Virginia Beach. The Cat5 Canes, Wake Forest’s local sled team, will also participate in the tournament.
Mayor Vivian Jones will drop the ceremonial first puck before the first of three games on Friday at 5:45 p.m. On Saturday the games will start at 2 p.m., and the first-ever Sled Skills Challenge will be from 5-6:45 p.m. The conclusion of the tournament is scheduled for Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The tournament will wrap up with the presentation of the Cup to the winning team.
In anticipation of the Carolina Sled Classic, Ziggy’s Restaurant, 1839 S. Main St., will host a “Meet the Team” event with the Cat5 Canes on Saturday, March 5, from 1-5 p.m. The local sled team will work as the restaurant’s wait staff, and all tips collected during this time will be donated to the sled program.
For more information on Triangle Special Hockey Association and to view the Carolina Sled Classic tournament schedule, visit www.trianglespecialhockeyassociation.org.