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Local hockey team receives 10k grant

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With Ronald McDonald cheering on from the stands, the Vineland Sled Stars, a hockey team for the physically challenged, locked up a 5-2 win and a $10,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region to put towards new equipment.

"They feel like a real team now," said Vineland Sled Stars Coach Steve Bareiszis.

"Before they were just making due with what they had. They're quality of play is better. And for them to present it on a day where we have a tremendous win, everybody played well, they were checking well and passing well, it just added to the day, it was great."

The grant money will replace bent and out-grown sleds and also purchase everything from helmets to sticks.

Coach Bareiszis' daughter Blair, who has cerebral palsy, and his two sons, who are not disabled, play on the team.

For Blair, the grant couldn't have come at a better time.

"We had old, broken equipment. I had a pair of gloves that within three minutes I have a big blister on my hand and like a lot of us were out-growing our equipment," said Sled Star Blair Bareiszis.

And with the accurate passing, strong checking and overall teamwork displayed by the Sled Stars Sunday, representatives from McDonalds are happy to see the grant money put to good use.

"You saw today how fiercely competitive these kids are and what a great job their doing and it just makes them all feel so good," said John Durante of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

And for Blair Bareiszis and the rest of the Sled Stars, they are thankful for the support from McDonalds and the ability to continue to play the game they love.

"We really appreciate the money cause you know we never had money. Like the rest of the time we bough new equipment it came from the families, not the team," said Bareiszis.

"So our team, you have no idea how much helped us."

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