Hockey Tournament To Benefit Autism Research


TRYING TO DETERMINE IF ANY OF THE AGING WHISKEY SPILLED INTO A NEARBY CREEK, NO ONE WAS HURT AND OFFICIALS ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF THE COLLAPSE. HOCKEY IS MORE THAN A GAME FOR ONE COLLEGIATE PLAYER, IT HAS BEEN HIS WAY TO GRAPPLE WITH HIS OWN AUTISM. THIS WEEKEND HE IS USING HIS SKILLS TO HELP OTHERS, CBS 2’S, DANA KOZLOV, EXPLAINS IN HIS ORIGINAL REPORT. HOCKEY HAS BEEN A THERAPY FOR ME. Reporter: 21-YEAR-OLD WALKER DOES NOT REMEMBER LIFE WITHOUT A HOCKEY STICK, HE HAS PLAYED SINCE HE WAS A LITTLE BOY, CHASING A PUCK SINCE HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM AS A YOUNG CHILD. IT FEELS LIKE A RELEASE FROM THE STRESS OR THE PRESSURE, OR THE ANXIETY THAT I FEEL. NOT JUST NOW, BUT EVEN WHEN I WAS TWO YEARS OLD. Reporter: HE PLAYS DIVISION I HOCKEY FOR DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY IN MICHIGAN, BUT THIS WEEKEND, HE IS IN VERNON HILLS TO PLAY IN THE PARK FOR AUTISM TOURNAMENT, IT RAISES AWARENESS AND EDUCATIONAL FUNDS FOR THOSE WITH A DISABILITY. IT IS INSPIRING IN GETTING THAT STORY OUT THERE WILL HELP OTHER KIDS AND FAMILIES AND GIVE THEM HOPE Reporter: SEAN PFEIFFER FOUNDED THE TOURNAMENT AFTER HIS SON, HENRY’S, AUTISM DIAGNOSIS, HE REACHED OUT TO THE PLAYER AFTER THE ARTICLE HE SAW THAT THE THEN TEENAGER WROTE. USING HOCKEY TO HELP THEM WITH AUTISM WAS A PERFECT FIT, IT HELPED HIM FOCUS, HELPED THEM IN SCHOOL, IT HELPS SOCIALLY Reporter: WHAT IS IT ABOUT HOCKEY THAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN BE FREE AND BE YOUR TRUE AUTHENTIC SELF? I DO NOT KNOW IF IT IS THE FACT THAT GATING GIVES YOU THAT, OR IF IT IS THE SOUNDS OF PEOPLE IN THE STANDS, THAT SORT OF THING. I THINK IT IS REALLY JUST THE MOVEMENT. Reporter: WHATEVER IT IS, HIS AIM THIS WEEKEND IS SIMPLE, TO HELP OTHERS WITH AUTISM

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