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THE COURAGE CAROLINA PROJECT – January 23rd – 30th, 2011

The Courage Carolina Project is an initiative leading into 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina which seeks to raise awareness about the growth and development of Blind Hockey in Canada and the United States. Courage Canada has a current partnership with NC State University’s Faculty of Textile Engineering as eight senior design students under the leadership of their professor, Dr. Russell Gorga, are working collaboratively with Courage Canada and Canadian Blind Hockey teams to create a new, improved, and universal hockey puck for the sport of Blind Hockey. Courage Canada founder Mark DeMontis will be in Raleigh during All-Star Week raising funds and awareness for the NC State Blind Hockey puck project in support of the creation of advanced prototypes in preparation for a Canadian Blind Hockey Showcase Tournament, a part of the events of Defi Sportif - an international disabled sports tournament taking place this April 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Courage Carolina Program Schedule

Monday January 24th, 2011
7pm - RBC Center – Carolina Hurricanes vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Courage Canada founder Mark DeMontis will have the honour of being the official siren sounder’ prior to the Carolina Hurricanes/Toronto Maple Leafs game to celebrate and raise awareness for the puck project and the sport of Blind Hockey. In partnership with NC State Campus Recreation, an information kiosk will be set-up promoting the Courage Carolina project to all fans in attendance on the concourse level throughout the game.

Tuesday January 25th, 2011
3-5pm - AT&T Winterfest Outdoor Rink – Raleigh Downtown Plaza
3-4pm - Mark DeMontis and NC State Faculty of Textile Engineering students will raise awareness about the Blind Hockey puck project on the ice being on-site for questions and interviews.
4-5pm - Mark DeMontis will lead a learn-to-skate program for youth who are visually impaired from the Governor Morehead School for the Blind. The event is co-sponsored by NC State Campus Recreation and the Carolina Hurricanes’ Raleigh Youth and Amateur Hockey Program.
7pm - Social & Fundraiser @ The Capital City Club (21st floor, Progress Energy Building) - The Courage Carolina Project is holding a fundraiser event in support of the NC State Blind Hockey puck project. Guest speakers include Mark DeMontis & Dr. Russell Gorga. Register Online Here

Wednesday January 26th, 2011
4pm – NC State University - Carmichael Recreation Center – Playzone - Mark DeMontis and Dr. Gorga’s Engineering students will speak to the NC State community about the Blind Hockey puck project.
9pm – AT&T Winterfest Outdoor Rink – Raleigh Downtown Plaza - The Courage Carolina Project will be doing a promotion at NC State Campus Recreation’s Student Skate Night.

For more information about The Courage Carolina Project please contact Peter Koutroumpis at peter_koutroumpis@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-3893.

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Welcome to Courage Canada

Mark Skating

In 2009, founder Mark DeMontis, a 23 year old blind hockey player, inline skated from Toronto, across five provinces and 5,000 km, to Vancouver to raise awareness about blind hockey. He founded Courage Canada with the vision of bringing the Blind to the ice. By starting Learn to Skate Programs in communities across Canada, blind children and blind youth are given the opportunity to learn the basics of hockey, are provided with a long lasting character building experience and shown that anything is possible.

Courage Canada also works collaboratively with current Canadian blind hockey teams to assist with funding as a means of helping sustain these blind sports programs in the various major cities across Canada. To learn more about Mark and Courage Canada, visit About Us. To find out about Courage Canada's activites for the Blind, visit Programs.

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