WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. - A Tampa hockey program made specifically for veterans is a mix of recreation and competition.
The Tampa Warriors Hockey Program, Inc ("TWHP") was formed five years ago to serve the disabled veteran, hockey and Tampa communities.
"We have about five different teams. We have teams that play right here at Advent Health Center Ice," said Chris Scangarello, the executive director of the Tampa Warriors.
The five core values of the league are compassion, community, camaraderie, competition and healthy living.
"We also give back to our community because most first responders and military, we’re givers it’s just in our blood," said Scangarello.
The game adapts to the players’ physical abilities since the program is dedicated to educating, training and motivating veterans who became disabled during their time protecting the United States.
Many members say the program is therapeutic.
"One of our members told us one night, ‘You know, that’s my therapy session every week,’" explained Scangarello.
All the TWHP staff are volunteers including on and off-ice mentors and directors.
LINK: Learn more about the Tampa Warriors Hockey program here.