Nathan’s travel hockey fund

Nathan’s travel hockey fund

From Stacey Kyser

Nathan advanced to the Bantam 14U Triad Storm ice hockey team. We already make sacrifices to make sure all of the kids are able to play sports, but the cost of travel hockey is increasing year after year.

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12 months ago

We're registering Nathan for a referee level 1 seminar. He can't get a NC work permit until February, but in the meantime he can get some training and experience under his belt and then get paid to officiate games once he turns 14. Minors can be a referee in games for players younger than them so Nate can ref games for U8, U10 and U12 for the next 2 years.

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When Nathan started playing hockey, we knew it could be expensive. What started as roller blades in the driveway has evolved into full blown travel hockey with 7-10 travel weekends per season. 

There was a time when team sports didn't seem possible for Nathan. He struggled from the age of 18 months with developmental delays and sensory integration issues that eventually led to a diagnosis of mild Austism Spectrum Disorder and Auditory Processing Disorder. Maybe it's balancing on the blade or the weight of the pads but regardless, when he's on the ice, all of Nate's proprioceptive stars align. 

He started in rec hockey and quickly made the more competitive travel team. Last year he scored 70 goals and had over 100 points with goals and assists combined. He actually made the Triad Storm AA team this year but we all agreed to move him back to the B/A team for a number of reasons. The main one being the even higher league financial commitment and travel expense.

North Carolina "travel hockey' is very different than it is up north. We have to travel as far as 8-10 hours for tournaments and an average of 2-3 for our regular regional league play. The cost of hotels, gas and meals adds up fast. We make sacrifices already but unfortunately, the cost of Nathan's passion has an effect on Lauren and Jude. Making a donation to support Nathan actually impacts our ability to make sure that all of our kids are getting the opportunity to excel and use their gifts. We are so blessed to have healthy kids but we're a perfect example of a middle class family that falls through the cracks when it comes to qualifying for financial aid.  

Any donations made will go directly into Nate's USAA account used solely for hockey travel related expenses. Thank you for anything you can contribute! 

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Stacey Kyser posted a new update:
12 months ago

Update #1

We're registering Nathan for a referee level 1 seminar. He can't get a NC work permit until February, but in the meantime he can get some training and experience under his belt and then get paid to officiate games once he turns 14. Minors can be a referee in games for players younger than them so Nate can ref games for U8, U10 and U12 for the next 2 years.

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