For about 8 years now, I (Ryan Ruch, Social Media Representative for Lester Glenn Auto Group) have been coaching Special Olympics floor hockey. This fall/winter was no different. The Ocean Knights are a team of high school aged Special Olympics athletes based out of the Toms River, New Jersey area, and the only team from Ocean County at the Special Olympics State Hockey Tournament.
This year’s tournament was held at Richard Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey. Our 6 wins and one loss record during the regular season moved us up to Division II, against the Mercer Generals and Bergen Wildcats. The Knights played hard and as a team, beating the Generals 6-2 and the Wildcats 9-3. (see tournament results here)
It was very rewarding seeing the smiles on the team’s faces as they received their gold medals. It is something I will always remember. I can’t fully express how proud I am of these outstanding athletes. There is no better feeling than knowing that you were part of something so special.
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