Melbourne Kiwanis Club Donates $9,720 to Space Coast IcePlex Sledge Hockey Program at Rockledge

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New DON will help children thrive, prosper and grow

Children and adults of the Space Coast sledge hockey team, as well as visitors and members of the Space Coast IcePlex at Rockledge, will benefit from the Kiwanis Club of Melbourne with its donation of $9,720.31 to install ice equipment. accessibility for people with disabilities at the gates of the Iceplex. Active in Melbourne for 98 years, the club recently sponsored the Florida Kiwanis Foundation grant to fund this project.

The Kiwanis Club of Melbourne is funding the installation of handicap accessible door mechanisms at the Space Coast IcePlex on behalf of the Space Coast Sled Hockey organization.

BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Children and adults of the Space Coast sledge hockey team, as well as visitors and members of the Space Coast IcePlex in Rockledge, will benefit from the Kiwanis Club of Melbourne with its donation of 9,720 $.31 to install handicapped accessibility equipment at the Iceplex doors.

Active in Melbourne for 98 years, the club recently sponsored the Florida Kiwanis Foundation grant to fund this project.

Kids need Kiwanis now more than ever, and helping the Space Coast Sled Hockey team is an example of how our club can fill a need in our community,” said Cindy Forstall, trustee of the Florida Kiwanis Foundation. .

“The Kiwanis Club of Melbourne is proud to have the opportunity to invest in the children and adults of our community with this project,” said Cindy Forstall.

The Kiwanis Club of Melbourne supports several local projects to benefit children, including Kids Closets at local elementary schools, Reusable Resource Adventure Center workshops for teachers and students, high school Key Clubs projects, and community holiday concerts. annuals presented by local elementary schools.

A familiar figure at Rockledge’s IcePlex, Lee Hathaway continues with pick-up games and with the rink’s award-winning Blast sledge hockey team, which provides players with disabilities the opportunity to excel in the sport. In a long life focused on hockey, Hathaway considers his volunteer efforts for the Blast a highlight.

“We are grateful for the Kiwanis Club’s support of our mission to provide opportunities for personal growth in our community to disabled members of our community through adaptive sports,” said Shawn Eising, Chairman of the Board of Space Coast Sled Hockey.

“As an entirely volunteer-run non-profit organization, Space Coast Sled Hockey, Inc. strives to recognize the physical and psychological challenges of those we serve. Simple tasks, such as opening doors, are often taken for granted by able-bodied people.

“Walking through the door to your home while carrying two arms full of groceries is just a glimpse of the challenges faced by someone in a wheelchair. This attempt to equip our rink with self-opening gates will greatly improve the lives of not only our current players, but will hopefully create a more inviting environment that will encourage others to seek our help.

Each year, the Kiwanis Club of Melbourne holds fundraisers to raise money to support projects that benefit children.

The Kiwanis Club of Melbourne welcomes new members who wish to serve their community. Membership information is available at 321-794-4142 by joining the weekly meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 8 a.m. at the Panera Bread at 275 E. Eau Gallie Boulevard in Indian Harbor Beach.

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