Youngstown Growth Sled Hockey, Phantoms take part in charity sport

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The Phantoms could not take the ice cream this year, but provided jerseys and provided virtual support for the event

by: Danielle Podlaski

Posted: Apr 16, 2021 / 11:19 PM EDT
Updated: April 16, 2021 / 11:19 p.m. EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Adaptive Sports Ohio hosted its fifth annual charity sled hockey game, Youngstown Boom and Phantoms, Friday night at the Deep Freeze Ice Arena.

The boom consists of players aged 4 to 55, all of whom have a disability. This year’s game looked different than in previous years due to COVID-19.

“We usually have a charity game against the Phantoms with our players, but we’ve had to do it differently because of COVID,” said Lisa Followay, CEO of Adaptive Sports Ohio. “So now we’re competing as phantoms, so each of our boom players represents one of the phantoms.”

The Boom looks forward to this event every year. The program believes this is a great way to show that hockey is a sport anyone can play.

“Skill level has nothing to do with it,” said boom player Billy Weaver. “It just has more engagement than anything else. When you can commit to playing and practicing, you develop some type of skill and in some ways are useful on a team. “

Adaptive Sports Ohio streamed the event live and auctioned items for virtually the entire game. All proceeds go directly to the boom program.

“It helps cover the Ice Age, repairs to the equipment, it helps them compete,” said Followay. “Sometimes they compete in the state and often they don’t. You have to travel so that we can cover a large part of our expenses. “