Horsham Native, Founder of Philadelphia Blind Hockey Is Finalist for NHL Hero Award

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Members of the Philadelphia Blind Hockey Team.
Members of the Philadelphia Blind Hockey Team.

Kelsey McGuire, a Horsham native and the Founder of Philadelphia Blind Hockey, is one of the three finalists from the United States for the NHL’s Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, writes Jackie Spiegel for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Another three finalists were chosen from Canada.

The award is presented to individuals who have positively impacted their communities, culture, or society through the sport of hockey.

“I am extremely honored to be selected as a finalist for the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award,” said McGuire, who is also the Executive Director of Philadelphia Blind Hockey.

McGuire is a Kutztown University graduate with a degree in special education for visual impairments. She currently works as a high school teacher at Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia.

After the school partnered with the Flyers three years ago to introduce students to hockey, McGuire decided to start Philadelphia Blind Hockey, the 19th team in the country.

The program is now in its second season. It offers a chance to students ages 6 to 13 to play hockey for free.

Read more about Kelsey McGuire’s Philadelphia Blind Hockey in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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