CAHA to Implement S.T.O.P. Program with Support from Seapine Software
MASON, Ohio—October 11, 2006—Youth participation in hockey and other contact sports continues to grow nationwide. As with all contact sports, if the sport is not played with an awareness of safety considerations, the potential exists for serious injury. In an effort to raise awareness and promote safety in the sport of ice hockey, Mason-based Seapine Software and the Cincinnati Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) have teamed up to bring the Safety Towards Other Players (S.T.O.P.) program to the association.
The S.T.O.P. program, started in Canada in 1996, is a visual reminder to all players of their commitment to fair play by avoiding checking from behind. The patch is in the shape and color of a stop sign and is affixed to the back of a jersey to clearly signal an oncoming player to STOP and not check.
“CAHA exists to promote teamwork, sportsmanship, integrity, and fairness through the sport of hockey. With this program, we continue to educate our skaters and families to promote safety on the ice,” said Jim Geyer, president of CAHA. “With the support of Seapine Software, we are now able to bring the S.T.O.P. program to the Cincinnati Amateur Hockey Association.”
According to Richard Riccetti, president and CEO of Seapine, “Ice hockey is an exciting sport, combining speed, skill, conditioning, and above all, teamwork to succeed. Seapine Software is very excited to be partnering with CAHA to put S.T.O.P. patches on the backs of all player jerseys. Participation in any sport brings an element of danger. In ice hockey, the S.T.O.P. program reinforces proper body contact, making the sport safer and more enjoyable for all players.”
Riccetti adds that participation in ice hockey is rapidly growing throughout the region. He encourages local corporations to join Seapine in assisting local hockey programs through sponsorship of S.T.O.P. and other initiatives.
About the Cincinnati Amateur Hockey AssociationCAHA is the greater Cincinnati area’s premier youth hockey organization sanctioned by USA Hockey, the national youth hockey organization. The organization strives to ensure that all participants have fun and develop individual self-esteem, respect for teammates and opponents, and hockey knowledge, skill, and appreciation. CAHA runs ice hockey programs for children ages, 4-18. For more information on CAHA, visit www.caha-cincy.org or call 513-777-1700.
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