Students from Pennridge High School in the Perkasie are sharing their love of ice hockey and making a difference by making the sport accessible to blind players, writes Karin Mallett for WFMZ 69 News.
Several players from Pennridge Ice Hockey Club hit the ice this summer with kids who are visually impaired to help them learn how to skate. They realized that kids from Philadelphia Blind Hockey might feel more comfortable on the skates if they had a skating assist or a way to be able to skate on their own instead of holding onto the players.
So they came up with the idea to make skate assists out of PVC pipes.
Players’ parents found the plans for how to make skate assists online and paid a visit to Home Depot in Souderton, which decided to donate all of the supplies needed to make the assists. Another private donor provided cash to buy the required connectors.
The players then got together and started building. They will be presenting the completed assists to Philadelphia Blind Hockey and its skaters either this or the following month.
Read more about Pennridge High School’s initiative at WFMZ 69 News.