Marlborough resident Samantha Stevens dropped the puck for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) eighth annual Hockey Benefit Game on Sunday, Nov. 18. Stevens, 6, has Down syndrome and other complex medical needs. The Stevens family has been working to ensure that people with disabilities have opportunities to lead inclusive, fulfilling lives, which aligns with the MDSC mission, according to the organization.
Twenty MDSC All-Stars faced off against the Boston Bruins Alumni at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough to support the Down syndrome community and raise vital funds for the MDSC. The MDSC All-Star Hockey Team defeated the Boston Bruins Alumni Team 12-11 in overtime at the game, which raised more than $50,000 for MDSC programs and services.
This family event provided guests with opportunities to meet and get autographs from former Bruins greats, such as Rick Middleton, Bob Sweeney, Reggie Lemelin, Glen Featherstone and many more. In addition to the action on the ice, the event also featured a raffle and a silent auction filled with sports memorabilia, sports tickets and other gift items. All guests were invited to join the Boston Bruins Alumni, Blades the Bear, Bruins Ice Girls, and the Worcester Sharks mascot Finz on the ice for a free skate before the game began.
The MDSC strives to ensure individuals with Down syndrome in Massachusetts are valued, included and given the opportunities to pursue fulfilling lives by providing information, networking opportunities and advocacy for people with Down syndrome and their families, educators, health care professionals and the community, according to the organization.