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Welcome to the first edition of the newsletter.  I hope you'll take a moment and look it over, and most importantly, use the link below to forward it to a friend who many benefit from any of STARskaters programs for individuals with special needs.

As with any non-profit organization, we're always in need of donations of all types.  Corporate sponsorship, personal contributions, and donations of your time as a volunteer or  donations of used hockey equipment are always welcomed.

The one comment I continually receive from our volunteers is how much satisfaction they get from seeing the smiles on the faces of our STAR skaters.  We'd enjoy the opportunity to share that experience with you as well.

Whether you'd like to skate or donate, please consider getting involved.

Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Jim ONeill

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STARskaters Skating Lessons
For individuals with special needs - FREE on October 30th.

STARskaters lessonsThanks to our friends at Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center, STAR skaters now offers special needs skating lessons every Saturday morning at 9:30am.

And, we're having a FREE trial on Saturday October 30th. 

Be sure to arrive by 9:00 to ensure you have enough time to get your skates fitted properly.

Depending on each skaters ability, we have personal skaters and "ice-walkers" available.

Come out and enjoy the COOLEST sport on the planet!

For more information or further details, contact
STARskaters at ARC Conference
Saturday October 16th, Dulles High School
STARskaters at ARC
We were pleased to see so many friends at Dulles High School for the ARC of Ft Bend County Special Needs Conference and Resource Fair.

STARskaters was on hand to spread the word about our skating programs including Sled Hockey and our new special needs skating lessons held every Saturday morning at 9:30am at Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center.

Several attendees of our STAR skates stopped by to say hello and enjoy some refreshments.

If you have an upcoming event and would like STARskaters to attend, contact us at

Sled Hockey Team Now Forming
Know a disabled athlete?  Tell them about Sled Hockey!
Sled Hockey
Sled Hockey is the fastest growing disabled sport in the USA, thanks to a Gold Medal performance by the USA Sled Hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics which were held in Vancouver, Canada.

The USA team not only won a gold medal, but they were undefeated and un-scored on in the tournament, outscoring their opponents 19-0.

We're looking for a few athletes to fill out the roster for our Houston Sled AEROS, to compete with teams already in place in Dallas and San Antonio.

We've outfitted an ice sled with wheels to make it easier to try the sled hockey experience.  As you can imagine, it is an outstanding upper body workout!

If you or someone you know would like to give Sled Hockey a try, contact David Fleming, the Captain of the Sled AEROS at

Hockey Day in Texas!
Free hockey for 4-9 year old boys & girls
USA Hockey LogoOctober 30th is Hockey Day in Texas at the Willowbrook AERODROME.

Hockey Day in Texas is FREE beginner hockey designed for boys and girls ages 4 to 9 years old sponsored by TAHA, the Texas Amateur Hockey Association.

Hockey Day in Texas schedule:
  • 1:00-3:30pm Public Skating, just $5.
  • 3:15 put on skates & equipment.
  • 3:40pm - Try hockey for FREE for all 4-9 year olds.
  • 4:50pm - 5:50 pm - Watch a youth hockey game.
Each participant will receive a FREE AEROS ticket voucher for the 4:05pm AEROS game on October 31st.

Pre-registration is required.  Visit to pre-register or contact Caren Bell at
STARskaters mission is to provide an on ice skating experience for therapy and recreation for children and  adults with any type of physical or developmental disability, and to support SLED HOCKEY in Houston.

The program is open to anyone five years of age or older who would normally be unable to enjoy an on-ice skating experience due to their disability. is public charity registered in Texas as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Tax ID number 26-1657556. 

All donations are tax deductible.

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In This Issue
Special Needs Skating
Sled Hockey Player Recruitment
Hockey Day in Texas
Sponsors Make It Happen
Video, Audio & Social Media
STAR Sponsor!
STAR Volunteer
Sponsors Make It Happen!
Without sponsors and donors, nothing happens.

Thanks to our sponsors, STARskaters is able to bring the cool experience of skating to individuals with physical or developmental disabilities.

We're getting ready to print our new 2011 brochures, so if you'd like to participate as a corporate sponsor, now is the time to get involved!

If you'd like to support our mission, contact us at:

Sponsor Links
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Video, Audio & Social Media
What is Sled Hockey?
Get Sledding - Sled Hockey Music Video
STARskaters Mission Video
STARskaters Radio Spot
Video - Interview "Talking Sled Hockey" with James Dunham, USA Olympic Gold Medalist.

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STAR Sponsors!
Belknap ConcreteBelknap Concrete Cutting and Drilling

When STARskaters was founded in 2008, one of our earliest supporters were Ken and Kim Belknap. 

Their generous donations of both time and money have helped us take STARskaters from a good idea to a great program for individuals with special needs.

The Belknaps own Belknap Concrete Cutting & Drilling and can always be found very close to a sheet of ice.  Their son Kenny is a player for the newly formed TKO ISHL Varsity team, Tomball Kingwood Organization.

Kim is the Prep Commissioner for ISHL, the Interscholastic Hockey League, and the entire family can be spotted sitting on the glass at Houston AEROS games.
STAR Volunteer
Lilia PhotoLilia Quintana

Lilia has been involved with STARskaters literally since day one.  Whenever there is a STAR event, you'll find Lilia front and center passing out literature, explaining the skating programs and always with a big smile on her face.

When you attend the next AEROS game, look for Lilia outside section 106 and stop by and say hello and thank her for the generous donation of her time and efforts to benefit all our STAR skaters!

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