West Michigan Special Hockey – Needs online votes

Posted at 4:50 PM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 16:50:07-05

The West Michigan Patriots – a special-needs hockey team fielded by the West Michigan Special Hockey Association – is leading an online video contest featuring special hockey teams and offering a $10,000 top prize

  • The Patriots’ two-minute video features coach Charlie Keider talking about who the WMSHA and Patriots are, why they’re so important to those with special needs and how the $10,000 prize would help the team
  • The team would use the $10,000 prize to purchase ice time, skates and other equipment such as helmets, shoulder pads and shin guards
  • WMSHA relies entirely on the donations of friends, families and area organizations as well as funds raised through events and initiatives
  • Its first Summer Skate-a-Thon in August raised $4,000, and the organization’s GoFundMe campaign last year raised more than $6,000.

To vote, go to, once a day through Dec. 4.