The mission of the Philadelphia Flyers Sled Hockey Team is to provide an environment where individuals, with and without disabilities, can develop as athletes, community members, mentors and leaders through competitive sled hockey. Our team emphasizes commitment, teamwork, camaraderie and sportsmanship.
How to Get Involved
The Philadelphia Flyers Sled Hockey Team is a self-funded non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sports and is dependent on the generosity of donors and sponsors towards providing high quality activities for our team and it’s members. The team bears no salary costs, as we utilize volunteers for all our efforts, but we incur expenses for ice time, travel, lodging, league fees/dues, and other miscellaneous items which directly impact our athletes. All donations made to the Philadelphia Flyers Sled Hockey Team are tax deductible as allowed by law. If you would like to contribute to the team please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
History of the Team
In 1996, Mike Doyle founded a non-profit sled hockey program in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sport. This program is one of the original sled hockey movements in the country. Since its inception, the program has helped spawn seven youth organizations in the greater Philadelphia region and countless development efforts around the country. Finally an adult disabled team comprised of new adult players and aging out youth athletes who originally played for the junior programs, the PA Center-Pedes, were formed.
In 2005 the PA Center-Pedes played an integral role in founding the North East Sled Hockey League, the first organized sled hockey league in the United States. Since the formation of the league, sled hockey has grown to nearly 100 youth and adult organizations across the country. With such growth, USA Hockey has adopted a national program that competes internationally and in the Winter Paralympics.
In 2010, the organization took on the name of the Philadelphia Flyers. The team has developed and presented a number of players that represent the USA in international competition, and have won World Championships and Paralympic medals. The team has been consistently ranked in the top five in the nation and competes around the country continuously throughout the year.