“Hockey without barriers”: the Griffins match will be sensory

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A special hockey night is coming to Van Andal Arena that will allow fans of all skill levels to enjoy a Grand Rapids Griffins game.

Beer City Dog Biscuits, Red Glasses Movement and Huntington National Bank have partnered to create “Hockey Without Barriers” February 26. During the event, the lights will be dimmed, the music will be soft, there will be no strobe lights or horns when a goal is scored. There will also be a “Chill Out Zone” for anyone who gets overwhelmed during play and needs a safe space to relax.

Beer City Dog Biscuits’ Leslie Hooker and Suzanne Wilcox say this will be the first hockey game many people with disabilities have ever seen. They say this game also brings awareness and acceptance to people of all abilities.

The women founded BCDB in 2018 to provide people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to be productive every day.

There are 450 free tickets available. A family member or caregiver can also enjoy the fun. Additional family members can purchase tickets for $15.

You can learn more about BCDB at beercitydogbiscuits.org.

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