Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Annoucement of Continuing Sponsorship

The Jack McGee Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program is very pleased to announce that Mary McGee has agreed to sponsor our hockey program for another season...our 8th. 

Mary is sponsoring our successful and growing organization in memory of her late husband, Jack McGee, founder of Jack McGee Chevrolet Cadillac in Peterborough. 

Thank you, Mary, for your ongoing support. 

Our players join us in expressing our thanks!.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Komets Enjoy Annual Summer Picnic/BBQ/Pool Party

The Kawartha Komets enjoyed our Annual Summer Picnic/BBQ/Pool Party at Elim Lodge on Pigeon Lake recently.

A great time was had by all.  Many thanks to board members Lisa Mills and Lorrie Powers for organizing the event and to board member and team trainer Dennis Missios for looking after the cooking.

Seems like everyone had a great time!

Looking forward to Season # 8!
















Monday, July 18, 2016

Unique Skating Aid Unveiled


Last Saturday the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program unveiled a unique, new piece of equipment...a Kaye Trainer.
  
The convenor of another special needs hockey program, Dave Chase of the Valencia SNAP Flyers in California commented, “This device is THE safest way to teach someone how to skate!”
 
To see the Kaye Trainer in action check out this video clip from the Capital City Condors in Ottawa:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o805IzFwYfg

 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Great Opportunity...For Our Community



Bailey Gibson, Roberto Alomar, Spencer Oakes, Justin Monk & John Clark
As many of you know, Carol and I are helping out with a new venture here in Peterborough.
   
Peterborough Challenger Baseball, our local chapter, was launched by a local man, Bernie Daynes, and the program is being convened by Anita Flynn.  

Several of our Kawartha Komets board members, volunteers and players are involved and we’re enjoying this experience very much. 

Bernie submitted a proposal to the GoEasy Community Project after Canadians were encouraged to submit a project for a chance to win up to $50,000 and transform their community! Here’s what Bernie Daynes and Peterborough Challenger Baseball are proposing to do should we get the most votes.  This information is taken from the GoEasy Community Program web site:

Project Description

Peterborough Challenger Baseball provides a formalized opportunity for special needs children and youth to participate in the game of baseball. Special Needs children and youth of all abilities are assisted and supported by a host of volunteers as they play. The players belong to a league, play on a team, in uniforms and on a real marked baseball diamond. Players with mobility challenges are aided by buddies who help them at bat, running or rolling the bases, and while playing in the field. Parents, family and friends gather on the sidelines cheering and encouraging all of the players. Our project is to create a dedicated baseball diamond for the league, where the facilities are designed and suited for all levels of ability, where the surfaces are soft and safe allowing wheelchairs and walkers to be pushed without difficulty.

How would $50,000 benefit the project

The $50,000.00 prize would be used to help fund the building of an all access baseball diamond, with rubberized base paths, and home plate area. The all access base paths and home plate area would allow participants in the Peterborough Challenger Baseball League the opportunity to safely run, have their wheelchairs operated or pushed, and players using walkers or crutches have the chance to walk on a surface that is supportive and safe to do so. This surface will be unaffected by weather, or landscaping degradation due to drought, rain of frost heaving during the winter.

About the Community

Peterborough is a vibrant and caring community located in the Kawartha Lake region of Ontario. The Challenger Baseball program was welcomed and supported by the community this year without reservation. Our baseball league has created friendships, smiles, tears of joy and memories to last a lifetime for the players, the parents and our proud supporters. Each week during our first season more and more members of the community come out to cheer on our players. The local special needs community has been more than excited to finally see their children playing an organized sport, where fun comes first and competition means the score is measured in smiles.

Peterborough Challenger Baseball was one of the top 10 finalists and now have reached the top 3.  Now it's your turn to get involved!Please click on this link and then vote for the middle project of the three which is entitled… All access baseball for our wonderful players.  Voting is very easy and can be done often. If we should win this contest, the proposed baseball diamond would be used not only for Peterborough Challenger Baseball but for other local groups that would benefit from this type of baseball diamond.


Thank you for your co-operation and support.  Together we can make this happen.  
For the good of the kids,  
David Fisher
Kawartha Komets 
Director of Promotions, Communications and Media Relations

Friday, July 15, 2016

Kawartha Komets Give Back to the Community

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program presented a cheque for $500.00 to Jim Moloney, the Manager and Curator at Riverview Park and Zoo on Thursday, July 14th. 

This donation will go towards the ongoing installation of the wheelchair accessible swings for children with physical disabilities at the zoo. 

Kawartha Komets Intermediate players John Clark (left) and Kaeden Ball presented the cheque to Mr. Moloney.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Historic Evening for Baseball in Peterborough

NOTE:  We post Peterborough Challenger Baseball events on the Kawartha Komets web site as many of our hockey players also signed up for this new league in Peterborough.  They are loving it!


HISTORIC EVENT:

Tonight was an historic evening for baseball in Peterborough. It was the first time that a PBA (Peterborough Baseball Association) team and a special needs baseball team had been on the field together here in Peterborough. 

The Peterborough Senior Rookie Tigers, fresh from winning the Clarington Classic International Tournament on the weekend (they were 5-0), joined the Peterborough Challenger Baseball players at Turner Park, serving as buddies to our players. It was heartwarming and tear jerking at the same time. Watching the young Tigers ballplayers encourage the Challenger players, walking with them to their positions in the field and running the bases with them was an incredible experience. 

Longtime local sports announcer and a great athlete himself, Gary Dalliday, was on hand and loved what he saw. 

This was week # 5 for Peterborough Challenger Baseball, an unforgettable and historic evening for everyone present...and there was a big crowd on hand. 

The Peterborough Senior Rookie Tigers after their tournament win in Clarington
 
The "Meeting of the Minds" before the game.















An incredible experience for both ballplayers!

Come on out next Wednesday to enjoy a great ballgame.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Kawartha Komets Support Autism Ontario Peterborough Yard Sale


Come on out and support the Peterborough Chapter of Autism Ontario at their YARD SALE FUNDRAISER on Sunday, June 26th from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Rain or Shine.


Lots of great items FOR SALE. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sale takes place in the REMAX parking lot in the Market Plaza (George and Rink Streets) across from Del Crary Park. All proceeds go to Autism Ontario Peterborough.

Please bring any donations to the location at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Komets Founder Carol Fisher Honoured

Carol Fisher and Mayor Daryl Bennett
 Kawartha Komets founder, Carol Fisher, was presented with the Gordon and Arbie Holnbeck Award by Mayor Daryl Bennett at the City Hall Council Chambers on Monday, June 6th. 

The Holnbeck Award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have enhanced the quality of life for persons with disabilities through their volunteer work in the City or County of Peterborough. 

In addition to the founding of the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program in 2009, Carol has had a passion to advocate and care for those with disabilities throughout her lifetime.  

CONGRATULATIONS, Carol! You certainly are a worthy winner.
Komets Founder, Carol Fisher
Carol and the Holnbeck Family

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Veteran Komets Player Wins Gold

One of our veteran Kawartha Komets players, Shane Marshall, won a gold medal in 5 Pin Bowling at the Special Olympics Provincials in Guelph recently. 

CONGRATULATIONS, Shane!  

We're proud of you!

You were BLAZING!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The "GREAT CANADIAN GIVING CHALLENGE" for the Month of June



“The Great Canadian Giving Challenge” starts TODAY!

The Canada Helps organization is sponsoring “The Great Canadian Giving Challenge” during the month of June. 

This is an opportunity for donors to support a registered charitable organization that is making a difference in the lives of individuals with various special needs…giving them the opportunity to play the game they love…HOCKEY!

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program

Our History:

Carol Fisher, our founder, launched the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program in April 2009 to bring "special needs hockey" to the City of Peterborough and the surrounding area. Her dream was to offer girls, boys, teens and adults with physical, emotional and/or neurodevelopmental challenges an opportunity to play the game they love...HOCKEY

Carol sought and received endorsements for the program from the local MPP, Jeff Leal, Colleen Ristock from Five Counties Children's Centre and the Peterborough Community Church Hockey League

The team was formed in the Fall of 2009 and just completed its 7th season with three teams and 65 players. The Kawartha Komets provide a safe, inclusive environment where every player gets equal ice time. Parents and caregivers share their joys and struggles and find strength and encouragement from each other. The Kawartha Komets often provide partial scholarships for players who can't afford the very reasonably priced registration fee. The Komets also provide equipment for players when needed.

As a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (Charitable # 801414939 RR0001) our Board of Directors seeks to operate this program with professionalism, integrity and transparency. We will make our financial statements available to any prospective donor, family or interested individual. We believe that you, our donors, families and prospective donors have every right to view our finances.

As we are registered charitable organization with the Canada Revenue Agency donors can make a donation directly to the Kawartha Komets or you can donate through the Canada Helps organization online using a credit card.

The Canada Helps organization is sponsoring “The Great Canadian Giving Challenge” during the month of June. For every dollar donated to the Kawartha Komets during this campaign we will get another entry in a contest to win $10,000 from Canada HelpsFor more information on this challenge, please check out the following site:

http://givingchallenge.ca

You can make your donation to the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program at the site below:

https://www.canadahelps.org/gcgc/108716

Thank you for your considering how you might support the Kawartha Komets and help us fulfill our mandate of “MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE”.

Sincerely,

David Fisher

Director of Promotions, Communications and Media Relations


You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Komets in Action at the Auction

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program hosted the Peterborough Police Service Bike Auction BBQ on Saturday morning. 

The sausage on a bun, hamburgers, hot dogs and home baking were delicious. Many thanks to Dennis Missios, our resident chef, for cooking the food again. Thanks to Erin Day-Nunn for helping with the cash. 

All in all it was a great morning. Looking forward to doing it again next year.

THANK YOU to all the Komets players, family members, volunteers and board members who came out to support a great cause.





Erin Nunn, Carol Fisher, Adam White and Dennis Missios


Dennis Missios and Jesse Campbell


Brianna Ball, an excellent volunteer

Erin Nunn

Tracy Tuchscherer & Erin Nunn

Sophia, Miryam & Alexander Buchahim

Brianna & her mom, Lisa Mills, a Komets Board Member


Auctioneer, Keith Monk



The KOMETS were BLAZING!!!