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For Steve Nearman, hockey is a passion. And an even bigger devotion is helping people of all ages and abilities enjoy the thrill of being on the ice. Now, Steve is the founder and coach of The Great Blizzards of Massachusetts Special Hockey Team which he started last year. Not only does the program teach individuals how to play the sport, but the nonprofit also helps both young and old develop important life skills and build confidence in a healthy, fun way. Our financial contribution will help support the team and pay for weekly ice rink rentals.

Great Blizzards 1“Seeing the kids on the ice is inspiring and serves as a reminder that everyone deserves the chance to have fun and participate in team sports,” said Eversource Community Relations Specialist Ronit Goldstein. “We’re proud to support the communities where we work and live and are glad to give back to this local organization.”

In addition to being recognized as a 501c3, The Great Blizzards are also proud members of USA Hockey and The American Special Hockey Association (ASHA). There are currently more than 100 ASHA programs throughout the United States and each shares a commitment to supporting the special hockey community, its teams, and families.

“This contribution from Eversource allows us to keep the focus on helping these kids,” said Steve. “Our motto is ‘no hockey player left behind’ and we stand by that by fostering a safe and welcoming environment where people across a variety of ages, genders, skill levels and degrees of disability can share the ice.”

You can see the Blizzards in action at an upcoming game at the Bog Ice Arena in Kingston or, join them at a Boston Bruins alumni game at Gallo Rink in Bourne on February 15.  To learn more about The Great Blizzards, visit their website. For more information on Eversource’s community involvement and charitable contributions, click here.