MEDFORD, Ore. — After a local father took his son to a Southern Oregon Spartans game, his son wanted nothing more than to play.
However, Shad Bowers knew it would be difficult to enroll his 7-year-old son who has autism, into a regular league with his condition. So Bowers decided to start his own youth hockey league for special needs kids in the Rogue Valley.
Bowers pitched the idea to the RRRink in Medford, and the management quickly backed the proposal. Bowers also received support from Forest Sexton, who co-owns the Southern Oregon Spartans and works with disabled community members frequently as the president of Spectrum Orthotics and Prosthetics.
The Spartan players will also be mentoring the players once the program begins.
The league is currently collecting monetary and equipment donations at the RRRink in South Medford. You can also find more information on the Southern Oregon Special Hockey Facebook page.
If you are interested in signing up a player, you can contact Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org.