Created in 2000 for players with develop­mental disa­bilities, the Amer­ican Special Hockey Assoc­iation (ASHA) gives people of all ages and abilities a chance to learn and grow by playing hockey. There are currently over 50 ASHA programs in more than 30 cities through­out the United States.



Therapy First, Hockey Second.ASHA is primarily a therapeutic organization, not a hockey organization. Our primary mission is to deliberately teach the life lessons that are inherently part of the game, in order to develop our athletes socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. The great game of hockey provides us this unique opportunity. To simply change the rules of the game to accommodate our athletes would be a lost opportunity.



Our mission is to provide a model learning environment where all student-athletes can achieve their highest level of development.  We are committed to supporting our players’ social, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and athletic development while making each individual more independent, self-reliant, and a better citizen.


Service before Self

As special hockey volunteers, our service to our players, families, and communities takes precedent over personal desires as a coaches or managers. A good leader will always put his or her athletes first.



ASHA’s mission is larger than hockey. We have an opportunity and responsibility to educate and engage people in our communities to expand their knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the abilities of people with developmental disabilities. By doing so, we will help build acceptance, tolerance, and respect for people of all abilities.


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Chris Beehler, Executive Director

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Crofton, Maryland 21114

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