Tomahawks: Hockey With Heart

Naperville Resident Mallory Taylor has been a stand out athlete on the Tomahawks Hockey Team for eight years strong but if it weren’t for this particular team, Mallory may have had to put her dreams of
playing hockey on ice.

Launched in 2000, the Tomahawks is the only hockey program in Illinois for athletes with disabilities. The team, which practices out of Chicago, Glen Ellyn and Orland Park, is made up of players of all
ages and skill levels.

“They have certain coaches that work with non-skaters to set them up on balance and control and help them learn the basics on skates,” said Bob Taylor, Mallory’s father.

The team plays with area high schools and they even travel out of state for games. Most recently they made a trip to play against Wisconsin’s hockey program for athletes with disabilities.

“The big benefit is they get to play the great sport of hockey with their peers and they are having a great time,” said Taylor.

Developing those friendships on and off the ice is what keeps players like Mallory coming back each season.

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