The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, a 501(c)(3), has been organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, for those wounded in defense of the United States.
The Program’s mission is to organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education.
The program educates, trains, motivates, and encourages the formation of “USA Warrior Hockey Programs” locally and nationally while encouraging individuals who have physical disabilities incurred during service to the United States to participate in the sport of ice hockey in an environment that is adapted to the level of their ability.
The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, Inc. is staffed by volunteers, on-ice and off-ice mentors and directors who do not receive any compensation, stipend or other remuneration for their time.
The Tampa Warriors had another busy weekend to close out the year. The inaugural Holiday Winter Hockey Jam was played and the Warriors submitted both an upper and a lower team to the Lightning ran tournament. The lower team played some tough competition but showed tremendous growth as the tournament went on. Their final game was their best thanks to an impressive third period where Josh Hurst netted his first ever goal and the team almost pulled off a comeback for the ages. The upper team won their first game before losing two straight to a strong Heroes and Surge team, but because of a tie breaker they still managed to squeak into the finals, where they once again lost to team Surge. While our Warriors didn’t come away with as many wins as they wanted to, it ended up being a great team building experience thanks to the families, friends, and volunteers that showed up and enjoyed a fun weekend of barbecuing and party games.
This past weekend our Tampa Warriors hosted a tournament at Florida Hospital Ice Center and held their own against some highly skilled opponents. The other teams included a speedy AFTAC team and the Warbirds, a program that came in all the way from Indiana. The first game our Warriors held on to win against the Warbirds. Winning 6-4 late in the third period, the game was cut short when a pane of glass shattered from a howitzer of a slap shot. The second game, the Warriors lost a nail biter to a split squad game combining both AFTAC and the Warbirds.