Kid's sled hockey team is sports at its finest
Children battling physical challenges get out on iceUPDATED 3:21 AM HST Apr 04, 2014Video Transcript
3 NEW THIS MORNING... IT'S AN EXAMPLE OF SPORTS... AT IT'S BEST. WHEN IT'S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST WINNING AND LOSING. FOR ONE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY HOCKEY TEAM... JUST THE FACT THE THEY'RE ON THE ICE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. 3 1:01:15 "Push hard! Push hard!" IT'S PRACTICE TIME ON THE ICE FOR THE PALMYRA BLACK KNIGHTS HOCKEY TEAM. --nats-- AND YOU'LL NOTICE ... THIS IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE HOCKEY YOU MAY SEE ON TV.--nats-- IT'S SLED HOCKEY .. MOST OF THE ATHLETES HERE USE CRUTCHES OR WHEELCHAIRS OFF THE ICE... BUT ON IT... IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY.1:28:51 "It's literally just like you're flying in an airplane. Sometimes you don't even realize you're on the ice, you're going that fast." 12-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH YARISH HAS SPINA BIFIDA. HIS PARENTS DRIVE HIM NEARLY TWO HOURS EACH WAY SO HE CAN PLAY WITH THE BLACK KNIGHTS...1:35:42 "To see him active on the ice, that's worth the trip for us." 1:28:14 "When you're at practice or at tournaments, nobody's staring at you. Cause we're all the same." FOR THESE PLAYERS ... JUST THE CHANCE TO BE ON A TEAM IS SPECIAL..1:39:54 "I can't play soccer, I can't run, so it's a team sport I can play. Normally, I'd be on my own playing a sport." AND IT'S A TEAM THAT HAS A SPECIAL BOND. 1:13:30 "They cheer for each other. They yell for each other, it's all encouragement." 1:45:57 "This is the essence of sport. The kids, they go out, they leave their disabilities, everything else behind the boards." 1:42:13 "If you lose, fine. If we win, that's good. Just have fun." 3 THE BLACK KNIGHTS WILL BE COMPETING NEXT WEEKEND IN THE NATIONAL DISABLED HOCKEY FESTIVAL IN MASSACHUSETTS. AND AT LEAST ONE PLAYER ON THE TEAM...JOSEPH SAYS HE WOULD LIKE TO PLAY ON THE U-S PARALYMPIC TEAM SOMEDAY.