Coach Mark's 60K for 60

Stacie Manger

Communications Director

Washington Ice Dogs




Coach Mark Carter will Skate from Calvert County to Laurel, MD on His 60th Birthday


Laurel, MD, January 5, 2017– On January 9, Special Hockey Washington’s Head Coach, Mark Carter will rollerblade 60 kilometers from his home in Calvert County to the practice facility of the Washington Ice Dogs – Gardens Ice House - in Laurel to raise awareness of special hockey.


“My son Garrett was injured at the age of 17 and before that, hockey was a huge part of his life.  And then we found the Ice Dogs,” said Washington Ice Dogs Head Coach Mark Carter. “I’m rollerblading 60k on my 60th birthday to show that instead of mocking the disabled, we would be better served celebrating their accomplishments and lives.”


Coach Carter will embark on his 60 kilometer journey mid to late morning on January 9 for safety precautions in traffic.  It is anticipated his route will take approximately four to five hours to complete, and he will utilize a heart rate monitor to maintain a marathon effort pace throughout. A bicycle will be brought along as a safety precaution and will be used only if the route proves unsafe for rollerblading. It will be a family affair as Coach Carter’s wife, Cheri, and son, Garrett, will support him along the way. He will finish at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Maryland.


“Special hockey is a family where everyone feels like they belong,” said Washington Ice Dogs Program Director Melissa Schaab. “My daughter Ann thrives here and I know our players look forward to practice because they’re with their friends.  Everyone is accepted and we think that’s something that should be incorporated everywhere.”


You can donate to Coach Carter’s “60K@60” through Crowdrise:  You can follow the Ice Dogs on Twitter with the handle @IceDogsSHW and on Facebook.


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Special Hockey Washington was founded in 1999 to give children and young adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play ice hockey.  With the encouragement and support of our friends at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Maryland, we skate every Saturday morning from October through April.  Volunteer coaches and high school mentors challenge the players to improve their hockey skills, increase self-reliance and experience the joy of playing as a team. The challenges our players face in school and as they enter the work world are great.  After  years of this program we know that as our players mature in self-esteem and confidence on the ice, their endeavors at home, in school and at work also benefit.