Special – Give Us A Game

“Special – Give Us A Game” is an eight year study, written and directed by Karl J. Niemiec and produced by Coconut Productions, exploring the social benefits gained by athletes afflicted with Autism, Down Syndrome, Strokes, Asperger’s Disorder, Physical Birth Defects and basic Neurological Deficits who are members of Special Hockey International and American Special Hockey Association.

Starting in 1999, this 64-minute documentary follows the journey of coach Ben Niemiec and his Special Hockey Team, the Michigan FAR Flyers, in their quest for a game with their peers, to hockey tournaments in St. Louis, Chicago, Arlington Virginia, Washington DC and Canada. Tournament play and banquette activities are spliced with then and now footage of the Michigan FAR Flyers and feature extensive interviews with founding head coaches Jim Herman and Mike Hickey on why playing organized hockey is such a positive social experience for Special Needs Athletes, their families, and friends.

“Special – Give Us A Game” seeks to help Special Hockey achieve their goals of being an internationally recognized Sporting Organization of over 100 Special Hockey Teams so that the athletes, their families, and friends can participate in more tournaments more often, by making this documentary available to all Public Libraries and Special Teaching Organizations across the US and Canada.

We made this film believing that life is an adventurous gift and that the true meaning of FAR’s journey will help us reach this lofty goal; and it starts with you sharing the 10 minute trailer of the film below with someone Special in your life.

Please buy a copy or two and donate them to your favorite libraries!

To buy it on CreateSpace! https://www.createspace.com/245933

Click DVD Cover to buy it on Amazon!

Portions of the proceeds from the sale of this DVD go to:
American Special Hockey Association
P.O. Box 3411
Crofton, Maryland 21114
Federal Tax ID Number 33-1111482

“Organizations like this don’t happen overnight. This DVD allows a peek inside Special Hockey; what it’s about and how much it helped the Michigan FAR Flyers become a real hockey team.”
Ben Niemiec – Head Coach Michigan FAR Flyers

“Special is excellent and will help ASHA a lot.”
Mike Hickey – President of American Special Hockey Association
And Head Coach of Washington Ice Dogs

“Super Job. We’re handing out copies to other programs
to help them recruit coaches for their teams.”
Jim Hermann – Founding Member of Special Hockey International
And Head Coach St. Louis Gateway Locomotives

For interviews please contact coaches through team web sites.