Players Using Competition Helping Others Grow, Inc. (PUCHOG) is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization. We strive to enhance the lives of wounded veterans and their supporters by organizing tournaments and other fun events to bring awareness to the issues they face while raising funds to help their cause. All of the members are volunteers and all proceeds and donations from every event go directly to support our teams.
The PUCHOG hockey program is designed to get wounded warriors and their supporters on the ice to play ice hockey. The program is intended to provide warriors a chance to gather with fellow veterans with shared experiences and share the camaraderie they felt while in the service. The game of hockey allows these warriors to participate in a fast moving, quick thinking game that can be rough. Hockey therefore is an excellent form of physical, mental and emotional therapy.
Hockey for Heroes Tournament
Twin Ponds East
Why we do what we do
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are some videos of warriors enjoying ice hockey:
The benefits of playing hockey (Spoiler alert: One of them is that it is fun!)
Spot featuring the Navy Wounded Warrior Sled Hockey Team
PUCHOG Board of Directors
United States Marine Corps 1985 - 1990, 1991. After the Corps, Earned a finance degree from Penn State, then an MBA from S.U.N.Y Oswego. Has been attempting to play hockey since 1980 after watching the US win Gold.
While I have no direct military service, I live in Carlisle and claim sufficient experience to be a vet through all of the area retirees. My hockey career is "maturing" as I am now paid to attend games as opposed to paying to attend them.