Athletes Finding Independence in Hockey

Cameron Williams' jersey will be retired at the July 22nd game. (Photo: Cesphotos)

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4th, 1776. Everyone at Cardiac Cane and FanSided would like to give thanks and appreciation to those who fought, and continue to fight, for this great country.

Independence can mean different things to different people. Perhaps it’s the ability to have freedom of speech or own a home. To others it may mean having the ability to work or drive a car. I know a terrific group of athletes that declare their independence in the sport of hockey.

I have mentioned the power wheelchair hockey team, Carolina Fury, on numerous occasions. I have the privilege of knowing most of the team and understanding how playing hockey brings them joy and independence.

I received an email from Jonathan Gresson, founder and president of the North Carolina Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association, and I would like to share it with you in hopes you will love and support this group as I do. Plus, it’s a chance to catch a hockey game at PNC Arena on July 22nd as the Fury battle the Hurricanes’ front office staff! This event is free, but any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Hey Everyone,

As you know we aren’t attending the tournament this summer in Ottawa for financial reasons and to focus on growing our program in North Carolina. The first step to this process is having exhibition games in new areas. Our next game is going to be on July 22, 2012 in Raleigh. We will be playing against the Carolina Hurricanes Front Office Staff at the PNC Arena! Yes, your Carolina Fury will be playing in the home of the Carolina Hurricanes and the NC State Wolfpack Basketball Team! 

Personally, this is a dream come true for me. I am so grateful that the Hurricanes are giving us another opportunity to play in the Arena. As many of you know, I missed the chance to play in the Arena in 2009 as I was in the hospital during our tournament. I tried to talk the doctors into letting me play with an IV, but it didn’t happen. Luckily, I have been given a second chance and I look forward to making the most of the opportunity.

We will also be retiring the jersey of Cameron Williams at this game. Cameron passed away last fall and was from Raleigh. He was a true Hurricanes fan, so it is fitting to retire his jersey in his favorite place. We hope that all of you come and share this special moment with our team and Cameron’s family.

The game starts at 2:00pm on July 22, 2012.

Sincerely,

Jonathan

I hope to see all you Caniacs in attendance! Please post the link to this blog on your social media accounts to help spread the word. Thank you! In the meantime, check out Fury’s new promotional video…

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