Hockey over hate


Divine Apollon is a thirteen-year-vintage black boy with a passion for hockey — a game he loves, but one that has uncovered him to the ugliness of racism. During his present day come across with intolerance, Divine and his team came collectively to struggle towards hatred while getting a marvel from Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -An Evansville circle of relatives lives for the sport of Hockey, however, one among their very own has in no way been able to set foot on the ice, until now.
The Likens own family spends most days at the ice rink with boys who’ve been playing for years, however for eleven- 12 months-old Ryan, that wasn’t possible.
Thanks to a collection of those who added sledge hockey to Evansville, on Friday he changed into able to experience the joys of being accessible with the rest of them.
For 12 months’ Ryan Likens has watched his large brothers chase desires and pucks out on the ice. But there has been one issue that’s prevented him from getting accessible with them. Amy Likens, Ryan’s mother stated, “Ryan suffers from an ailment known as hereditary spastic paraplegia. It’s the same thing that I have that I gave to Ryan. He has trouble along with his stability and his mobility and on foot.”
Due to his disease, Ryan has by no means been able to place on skates and get on the ice. However, the sledges made gambling feasible for the primary time.
Ryan’s dad Keith said this is a moment he in no way imagined seeing, as one among Evansville’s first Hockey players, he said the moment changed into enormously emotional. “It’s always a dad’s dream for his youngster to play hockey if he’s a hockey participant, and then you understand it becomes tough with Ryan because we didn’t assume he would ever be able to play hockey,” said Keith Likens, Ryan’s Dad.
USA Hockey furnished the sledges so now kids and adults of all talents can get at the ice.“Now there’s an opportunity for Ryan to play hockey and he’s so excited. He’s desired to play sports activities. He’s wanted to experience regular and play with children, and that is an opportunity for Ryan, so we’re ecstatic,” said Amy.

If you’re interested in trying out the sledges at no cost, you could go on Sunday, April seventh from five:15 to 7:15 pm at Swonder Ice Arena. You can register by emailing Joel Claycomb at [email protected] or calling at 812-453-9684. Once the program gets rolling it will run off of donations.