Members of the WNY Challenger Sports League will attend the Feb. 21 Lockport Express hockey game against the Jersey Shore Wildcats at the CFCU Cornerstone Arena as special guests of the team.
Express owner Steve Bueme donated the tickets to the league, which is comprised of players of all ages with physical or mental disabilities which limit their participation in other sports programs.
The Challenger League players will be invited to the locker rooms after to meet the players and a special puck-drop involving Challenger members is being planned for the start of the game.
“We had the mayor of Lockport do a ceremonial puck drop, so we figured we could have another one,” Bueme said Friday.
The Lockport Express team has worked with the Challenger Sports League as part of their efforts to give back to the community, said Vince Muto, vice president of the WNY Challenger League.
“I was overly impressed with the Lockport Express team when they came to volunteer with our softball season at An-Jo Fields,” Muto said. “Some teenagers shy away from people with people with disabilities, but they took right after our players.”
The WNY Challenger League currently has about 135 players signed up to play. The group plays various seasonal sports, including bowling and volleyball in the winter, and baseball and basketball later on in the year.