United Commercial Travelers (UCT)
UCT is the national sponsor of the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) to help grow special hockey programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each year, UCT donates $15,000 to $20,000 to ASHA at the annual UCT Winter Hockey Festival.
UCT (United Commercial Travelers) is a 501(c)8 non-profit financial services membership organization that supports communities and causes across North America. UCT is a volunteer organization funded through the sales of insurance products. Because they don’t have shareholders, UCT’s profits help to support their local councils in communities around North America.
UCT members support ASHA through such volunteer efforts as sponsoring ice time for games and practices, hosting post-practice lunches, helping sponsor tournaments and camps, and holding fundraisers to help teams with travel costs and purchasing necessary equipment.
ASHA parents are getting involved in the fundraising and support of their local ASHA teams by becoming UCT members and creating their own UCT Councils. These councils are assisted by the outreach, marketing and design efforts of the UCT home office.
Special Hockey in Canada
Special hockey gives individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities a chance to learn and grow through playing hockey. There are currently nearly 20 special hockey teams in Canada that are members of Special Hockey International (SHI).
UCT started working with Special Hockey International to promote and grow special hockey in Canada. In conjunction with ASHA, SHI and member programs in Canada, we’re aiding in the formation of a Canadian Special Hockey Association to help support special hockey. Working with SHI and the creation of such an association will give Canadian members a chance to get involved with special hockey at a grass roots level.
UCT Winter Hockey Festival Benefits Special Needs Players
Wow! That word pretty much sums up the 3rd annual UCT Winter Hockey Festival at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Maryland, this past weekend. Take a look.