The generosity of new sponsors will allow the Jack McGee Kawartha Komets to expand their special needs hockey program next season.
Last month, Mary McGee and the McGee family stepped forward to sponsor the team to the tune of $10,000 in memory of Jack McGee, founder of Jack McGee Chevrolet-Cadillac.
They answered an appeal by the Komets for a sponsor as the team was struggling financially. In addition, Komets founders David and Carol Fisher announced Thursday two further donations of $3,500 from the Immaculate Conception church hockey league program and $1,500 from local couple Graeme and Kathy Ross.
The Komets will add a third team taking to the ice this fall and now have senior, intermediates and junior squads. The team, a not-for-profit organization, was launched in 2009 to give girls and boys, teens and adults with physical, emotional and/or neurodevelopmental challenges an opportunity to play the game they love. Players are divided up according to their abilities and comfort levels. The program has expanded from 12 players in year one to 45 last year with more expected to join this year.
Team officials try to keep registration costs low for families to make it as inclusive as possible. They also try to supply equipment and help off-set travel expenses for tournaments.
The donation by Immaculate Conception “demonstrates the willingness of other hockey organizations to partner with this unique program, stated the Fishers, in a press release. “These generous donations along with the recent announcement of the sponsorship of the Kawartha Komets by Mary McGee and the McGee family, in memory of Jack McGee, will go a long way in helping the team launch their fourth season of play in October." The Jack McGee Kawartha Komets will be competing at the Special Hockey International Tournament in Kitchener, Ontario next March.”
The Komets are always looking for new players. For more information on the team visit their website at www.kawarthakomets.com