The Host Committee for the Special Hockey International 2013 tournament is pleased to confirm that the event will be held March 13-17, 2013 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Kitchener is the largest city in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and is located about one hour west of Toronto, Ontario.
Host team for the tournament is the Kitchener Ice Pirates who look forward to welcoming their counter-parts from across Canada, England and the United States of America.
The Kitchener Ice Pirates team:
- was formed in 2008 with nine players and now has in excess of thirty athletes and growing
- has a vision to provide an inclusive environment where tolerance, acceptance and understanding of individuality is without limits.
- is affiliated with Kitchener Minor Hockey Association (www.kitchenerminorhockey.com) whose Mission Statement is to provide a hockey program that promotes the importance and understanding of work ethic, good sportsmanship, discipline, team work and the fair treatment of others under all circumstances and all conditions; to teach respect for others, regardless of race, place of origin, family circumstance, gender or creed; and to encourage players to uphold these principles and to become fine young adults, contributing to the community after their playing involvement is over.
- provides children and young adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in a hockey program that is tailored to their specific needs.
The SHI 2013 Tournament Host Committee will be primarily comprised of community volunteers, many of whom have experience in hosting similar events in sports including numerous minor hockey championships, the Canadian Hockey League’s Memorial Cup and the International Softball Congress world championships.
Information updates will be provided as plans are finalized. For now, the key is to include March 13-17, 2013 in planning your team and personal calendar.
Kitchener welcomes you and looks forward to being your “sports home away from home” for the Special Hockey International 2013 Tournament.
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