The goal of the Washington Ice Dogs is to give people with developmental disabilities the chance to play the sport of ice hockey in an environment which is adapted to the level of ability which the athletes are able to participate. The Ice Dogs exists for the enrichment of the athlete with a developmental disability. In addition to physical hockey skills, the program emphasizes the development of desirable individual characteristics such as dependability, self-reliance, concentration, willingness to share and personal accountability. The game of hockey is used by the Ice Dogs to develop within each player the characteristics that will help the player to be more successful both inside and outside a hockey environment.