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DEC. MESSAGE FROM KOHA'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KOHA Membership,

As many of you know, for the past four seasons, Chris Brassard has served as KOHA’s Skating Skills Director. Brassard played professionally across the US and in Germany. While having worked as a hockey skills director/instructor for many years, he most recently has been involved in the Graeme Townshend National Hockey Development school delivering programs designed by NHL skating and skills coaches. Aside from working with KOHA as our Skating Skills Director, Brassard is also in his fourth season with the WMU Stallions (Club) as their head coach.

Brassard has led our House B and Travel Team Skills Nights this season with an intensive skating-development focus and initiative and has agreed to take a greater role that we believe will continue to positively impact our players and their experience this season.

Our ADM Director, David Killip, has stepped down, effective December 7, 2016, to focus on completing his Masters Degree at WMU while continuing his duties as the Player Development Director for the WMU Bronco Hockey Team. As a result, the KOHA Board of Directors has asked Brassard to finish the 16/17 season as KOHA’s Interim Hockey Director. He will assume many of the ADM Director duties, as well as serve as a resource and mentor for all of our coaches while continuing to help skating development on the ice. He will be working with all of our coaches and players at every level from Learn-to-Skate all the way through to JV and will continue to improve our skating curriculum and progression to increase the overall experience and development of our players.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values are outlined on our website on the About Us page, but to set the framework for our strategy, our Mission is to provide every boy and girl in southwest Michigan the opportunity to enjoy and excel at the game of hockey and our Vision is to be a regional hockey destination and a national leader in youth hockey.

We know you have choices when it comes to your youth hockey experience, and we appreciate you choosing KOHA to help your player continue to love our great game.

 

KOHA Board of Directors

 

 

JAN. 28TH IS THE 5TH ANNUAL "YOUTH HOCKEY FIGHTS FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM" EVENT

Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism

January 28, 2017 @ Wings West Ice Arena
1:30pm-9pm

The Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League (SWMHSHL) and the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) are once again partnering with Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research (GLC) to host the 5th annual Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism event to raise funds for autism treatment and build autism awareness in our community. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research whose mission is to partner with individuals and families affected by autism to improve their quality of life through effective and efficient diagnosis, assessment, and behaviorally-based treatment.

Did you know?

  • Autism is the fastest growing disability
  • 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism
  • Boys are nearly five times as likely than girls to have autism
  • A child can be diagnosed with autism as early as 18 months
  • The average diagnosis of autism is 4 years of age
  • Autism-related costs average $60,000 a year per family
  • Autism services cost U.S. citizens $232-262 billion annually

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 PLATINUM LEVEL EVENT SPONSOR:

Your support will greatly impact children diagnosed with autism and their families.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 AMOUNT

GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS - Name/Logo on website and event/promotion announcements.

$3,000

SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS - Name included on webpage & post-event thank you.

$1,000

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS - Name included in post-event thank-you

$500

All proceeds and sponsorship funds from the Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism event will be used for outpatient services and program materials.
A child receiving one day of “outpatient” autism treatment typically costs $300 - $800. Some families do not have the autism benefit available through their insurance carrier (personal and too costly or through employer who may be self-funded) and are burdened with this expense. Other families may have a co-pay ranging from $20 - $60 each visit; their child may be seen five times a week: thus, incurring $100 - $300/week expense.
Through the Youth Hockey Fights for Kids with Autism event, we can help our local families pay for these needed services. Every donation makes a difference in the life of a child. Thank you for your continued support!

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Frank Noonan                                                                            Stephanie Dukesherer
  
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KOHA, Director of Business Operations                                                        KOHA, Marketing & Communications Director

SWMHSHL Commissioner                                                                            Autism Event Committee Chairperson
 

 

 

NOV. MESSAGE FROM KOHA'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KOHA Membership,

In the spring of 2012, the KOHA Board of Directors and staff leadership built the basis of a long-term, strategic plan. We established our Mission, Vision, and Values, and then spent time discussing the following three questions.

1.    Where are we at?
2.    Where do we want to go?
3.    How do we get there?


Since then, we have actively pursued several key deliverables to move us towards our vision. While we have made some progress, we have a lot of work ahead of us in all areas of our program. The purpose of this communication is to share the vision and strategy of KOHA. Additionally, we will be sharing more routine updates with you through our e-newsletter and other venues (like this page, direct email communications, etc.) to help keep you informed.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values are outlined on our website on the About Us page, but to set the framework for our strategy, our Mission is to provide every boy and girl in southwest Michigan the opportunity to enjoy and excel at the game of hockey and our Vision is to be a regional hockey destination and a national leader for youth hockey.

In order to fulfill our mission and vision, we must continue to enhance our programming while not neglecting what continues to be the foundation of our program, House C hockey. We are one of the few organizations that still offer House C hockey and we are committed to continuing our House C program. With that said, we are evaluating ways to enhance the experience, focus on development, and keep this program affordable for our families.
We’re also excited to continue the implementation of the American Development Model (ADM) throughout our 6U, 8U, House B and Tier II Travel programs. We believe this provides the best structure with which to develop the highest skilled athletes and retain our players throughout their youth hockey experience. Within that structure, we are focused on aligning our curriculum and teaching methodologies to create more effective skill development and progression.

And finally, in order for all of our hockey programs to succeed, we must get youngsters engaged and excited about skating, while offering the absolute best environment for every boy and girl to learn how to skate. We have invested in growing the awareness of our learn-to-skate program and in value-added partnerships with skating experts to develop and execute the best skating curriculum across all levels of our program.

We will continue to share more information about our strategic plan but hopefully you’ll find this initial, high-level overview a good start. We welcome our membership to attend the bi-monthly Board meetings and encourage you to continue to provide your feedback. Thank you for your participation in KOHA!

OUR NEXT BOARD MEETING: Dec. 19, 2016 - 6pm @ Wings West

Click here for information on KOHA's Board of Directors

 

   

SAMMY SHOOTER AWARD PROGRAM: 6U & BEGINNING HOCKEY

Hockey Services came to KOHA with an award program specifically for our youngest and newest skaters. The idea is to focus not just on the successes on-ice, but to reward attitude and effort that translates into fantastic life lessons.

Who is Sammy Shooter?
Sammy is a youth hockey player who is like your child.  Sammy may not be the best player on the team but tries hard every week and is a team player. Sammy works hard and enjoys playing all sports but hockey is on top of the list!

Where did Sammy Come From
The Sammy Shooter initiative was created by Hockey Services to get all young hockey players more involved in sports and reward them for their efforts.  We recognized the absence of rewarding all players.  Most highly skilled players get hat tricks and play-makers but Sammy focuses on hard work, new skills, teamwork and sportsmanship. 

Sammy Shooter Objective
The Sammy Shooter Award Program is designed to recognize all young youth hockey players for their achievements.  It is not about goals and assists.  It is about milestones in a young hockey career.  For example, tying skates for the first time, helping a teammate do a crossover or just being a good kid.  Hockey Services will work with coaches to help recognize these achievements and award the players.

How Does It Work
Each week a player will be selected by the coach throughout the year and awarded a certificate of achievement.  This award can be brought into Hockey Services at 6958 West Main St, Kalamazoo MI for an additional prize and a gift certificate.  Also, if the parent approves, a picture will be taken and put on Facebook and the Sammy Shooter Webpage.

Parents Role
As a parent we ask that you encourage your child to try hard each and every week.  The goal of this award is to promote healthy behaviors on and off the ice and to encourage your child to display sportsmanship in life.

Coaches Role
This program does not work without the support of the coach.  Each week we encourage coaches to pick a different child for different reasons. No kid is the same and neither is the award.  We want to recognize all children by the end of each season.

Want to Know More?
Feel free to contact Hockey Services at any point with questions on this award.  Call us at 269-375-3313 or stop by our Wings West or West Main location.

 

NOV. 5 - FIRE & ICE: 8U JAMBOREE & CHILI CHALLENGE

JOIN US ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th FOR KOHA'S 2nd ANNUAL EVENT!


AT WINGS WEST ICE ARENA - 5076 SPORTS DRIVE - KALAMAZOO, MI

KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) will be hosting an all-day event at Wings West Ice Arena on Saturday, November 5th that's open to the public, "Fire & Ice: 8U Jamboree & Chili Challenge"! Games start at 10am, the Chili and beer tent open at 11am!  This year, 30 teams from across Michigan and Illinois will participate in an 8U cross-ice jamboree, while almost 20 local-area restaurants will compete in the chili challenge that is open to the public!


Coaches from USA Hockey (Colorado Springs) will be on hand for the event as well, and each visiting team will get a practice session with the guest coaches. “As one of USA Hockey’s Model Associations, KOHA is honored that USA Hockey is once again sending their own high level coaches to take part in the event and provide these young players the opportunity to be on the ice and learn from them,” said Matt Kakabeeke, VP of KOHA's Board of Directors and USA Hockey Associate Coach-in-Chief for Michigan.

SATURDAY, Nov. 5th - ALL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

10am – 4pm  -->  8U Cross-Ice Jamboree (FREE TO WATCH)

11am - 4pm (or until the chili runs out)  CHILI CHALLENGE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!     

                                   $10 for adults, $5 for kids - Jamboree participants eat chili FREE!

(participants: KOHA, Burdick’s, The Hangar, Capital Services Catering, Zeb’s, North 11, Niko’s, Millennium Restaurant Group, University Roadhouse, Decoy Ducks, Arlene's Truck Stop, Niskers, Zazios, Craftsman, Mangia Mangia & DEFENDING CHAMPIONS Louie's Trophy House Grill)

* BEVERAGE TENT * FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY *

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT from Noon-4pm!

WARRIOR HOCKEY will be on-hand with demo sticks, radar gun, and a shooting lane! Stop by their booth and show 'em what you've got! 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO HELP AT THE EVENT, PLEASE SIGN UP ONLINE HERE:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084fafac2ea4f58-fire

 

HUGE THANK YOU to our event sponsors:
Burdick's at Wings West, Wings West Ice Arena, DICK's Sporting Goods, Walgreens, ProServices, The Canopeum

 

   

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