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Fundraising sled-hockey game for GLASA is Sunday at Lake Forest College’s ice rink

The sled-hockey game Sunday will be an intrasquad game between members GLASA's Falcons team. This was some actilast year's game.

The sled-hockey game on Sunday will be an intrasquad game between members of the GLASA's Falcons team. This was some of the action at last year's game. | SUN-TIMES MEDIA FILE PHOTO

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The fun starts at 2 on Sunday afternoon, and it’s easy to miss the rink when driving on Sheridan Road.

In Lake Forest, take Deerpath Road east or Illinois Road east to Sheridan Road.

From Deerpath, turn right on Sheridan, head to Maplewood and turn right. Rink is on your left.

From Illinois, turn left on Sheridan, head to Maplewood and turn left. Rink is on your left.

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Updated: April 5, 2014 3:44AM

This coming Sunday will be the first in six months without live football on TV ... assuming you consider the Pro Bowl that was played two Sundays ago “live” and “football.”

No football means a lot of things to a lot of people ... most of them depressing.

But one positive thing is that the end of football means it’s time for the annual “The Sleds Are Coming” fund-raising sled-hockey game at Lake Forest College to benefit the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association.

The fourth annual benefit game will be held from 2-3:30 on Sunday afternoon at the ice rink just off Sheridan Road at the south end of Lake Forest College’s campus complex.

Admission is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged in order to support the GLASA.

The purpose of “The Sleds Are Coming” is to bring campus and community exposure to GLASA and showcase its sled-hockey program while raising funds for the GLASA Falcons sled-hockey team and other GLASA athletic programs.

The Falcons, coached by retired Lake Forest men’s hockey coaching legend Tony Fritz, were the 2013 Adult B National Champions.

This year’s event will honor Lake Forest College graduate J.J. O’Connor (Class of 2001) for his personal and professional accomplishments. O’Connor sustained a spinal-cord injury several years ago in a hockey game while attending Loyola Academy.

Today, he is a franchise business owner and chair of USA Disabled Hockey. He spends most of his time promoting adaptive sports in the United States and sled hockey worldwide. O’Connor is the captain of the GLASA’s power-soccer team.

Chicago Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk will lead the “red” team in cheers and the Chicago Wolves mascot “Skates” will lead the “white” team.

GLASA volunteers from the Lake Forest College community and Lake Forest High School will be on hand to cheer on the GLASA athletes.

This year, the game will feature the GLASA Falcons competing against each other in an intrasquad game. The competition on the ice will consist of two 15-minute periods of 8-on-8 sled hockey.

In addition to the game, there will be raffle prizes — including four alumni box seats for a Chicago Blackhawks game and a Blackhawks jersey autographed by the 2013 Stanley Cup championship team — and a Chuck-A-Puck competition.

For more information, contact Kerry Van Malderghem in the Lake Forest College Athletics Department at

The GLASA is based in Lake Forest and provides athletic opportunities for handicapped individuals throughout the area by providing adaptive equipment.

The GLASA is involved in just about every sport you can think of, and runs camps and practices and programs in addition to supplying the actual equipment that’s needed. As a non-profit group, the GLASA relies on donations to keep the momentum going that it currently has, and that’s where the public is needed at events such as sled hockey.

If you’ve never seen it, sled hockey takes incredible skill, strength and endurance, and when you’re watching, it’s a guarantee you’ll forget that every person on a sled on the ice is handicapped.

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