The Vernon Scorehawks and the Special Olympics Vernon floor hockey team relax after their downtown game.

Road hockey lights up festival

Special Olympics Vernon floor hockey team, Vernon Scorehawks ice hockey team, tournament downtown Festival of Christmas Traditions

It was a special sight on Main Street last month during the annual Downtown Festival of Christmas Traditions.

The Special Olympics Vernon Floor Hockey team took on the Scorehawks, an ice hockey team for children with special needs.

The two teams played a typical shinny game where fun and participation are the most important component. Just ask Glen Schwebbach, the Special Olympics coach who said there was also a fierce competition going on.

“My team has been looking forward to this event for weeks. To play outside against another well-trained team in front of the public amongst all those spectators, is a dream for most of my athletes and gives them the feeling of integration and accomplishment,” said Schwebbach.

Special Olympics Vernon has more than 120 athletes training and competing in 14 different sports, and volunteer coaches make this happen.

Their opponent, the Scorehawks, is one of only a few teams for children and teens with an intellectual or physical disability playing ice hockey in B.C.

“We are always looking for a way to have our players challenging another team, so this was a great opportunity to come out and show the public who we are and how well those kids can play hockey,” said Sherry Demetrick, the program’s coordinator

“This was a great opportunity for the players to experience the fun and camaraderie of a team environment.

“It is amazing to see what kids with challenges, but kids with desire, can do.

Deb Bell, a parent of a Special Olympics athlete, said the smiles of everyone involved really did light up the streets that night.

After the official game, the rink of hay bales was open to the public and many kids and adults enjoyed the tradition of a pick-up hockey game.

Both societies welcome new players and are always in need of equipment and volunteers.

Please call Demetrick  at 250-542-0989 for information on the Scorehawks and go to the Special Olympics Vernon website for floor hockey or any of the other sports offered  at or phone 250-306-8954.


Just Posted

PHOTOS: Splatsin canoe family completes eight-day journey

Splatsin youth, workers were Paddling Together from Powell River to Gibsons Beach

Quality Greens purchase points keep food on the table

New partnership between Quality Greens, Upper Room Mission is helping those in need

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: mix of sun and cloud, chance of showers

Environment Canada is calling for a sunny weekend across the Okanagan

North Okanagan seeks provincial approval of bag ban

RDNO timeline to have ban in effect by 2020 may no longer be possible

Rain wipes out Vernon’s Civic Sounds

The Dirt Road Kings were to have played Thursday night; series resumes next Thursday

When walls talk: Vernon murals see generation II

“This new movement, an app, will bring the strength of some of those same Vernon visionaries together again into a newdigital form”

Battle of blacksmiths returns to Okanagan vineyard

A battle of blacksmiths is returning for its second year in Lake Country

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Health: Living longer, a myth?

A new column to Black Press from CHIP HealthLine Solutions

Memorial plaques stolen from Okanagan cemetery

Four plaques were stolen from Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Kelowna

Sustainable farming summit coming to the Okanagan

Kelowna will soon host a summit on how the food industry can reduce its climate impact

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UBC Okanagan professor details wildfire risks

Associate professor David Scott provides details for the Okanagan’s wildfire season

B.C. man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Most Read