Men’s Hockey Hosts Floor Hockey Event for Special Olympics Athletes

Members of the Harvard men's hockey team and the Belmont Special Olympics organization pose for a picture Sunday (courtesy Devin Tringale).
Members of the Harvard men's hockey team and the Belmont Special Olympics organization pose for a picture Sunday (courtesy Devin Tringale).

CAMBRIDGE Mass. – The Harvard men's hockey team welcomed the Belmont Special Olympics floor hockey team to the Malkin Athletic Center Sunday, Jan. 15, taking on the squad in a full floor hockey game.

The relationship between the Harvard men's hockey team and the team at Belmont Special Olympics goes back multiple years and was facilitated by one of the Crimson's faculty fellows, Dean Bill Alford, Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law, Director-East Asian Legal Studies, Chair-Harvard Law School Project on Disability.

"For the past couple of years, Dean Alford has facilitated a relationship between the Harvard men's hockey team and the Belmont Special Olympics floor hockey team," stated senior co-captain Devin Tringale. "It's always a blast getting to hang out with them after games in the locker room, but it was even better to actually go out and play floor hockey with them this Sunday. The positive outlook and fun-loving nature of their team always has an enormous impact on us, and we really cherish the relationship we have with them."

The two teams spent the majority of Sunday afternoon racing up and down the floor, in an exciting a fun-natured competition.

Tringale continued, "Our time with the Belmont Special Olympics team is a constant reminder of the power of sports: how they can positively impact a community and bring people together, how they introduce us and allow us to be impacted by people we would have otherwise never met, and most of all, how they can help us to overcome all kinds of barriers."