The Winterhawks Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that helps promote and support amateur hockey and recreational skating in the greater Portland/Vancouver area. WAHA funds a variety of important, youth-focused programs year-round including:
• The Get Kids Skating program which introduces thousands of kids to ice skating
• The Summer Floor Hockey program which provides an introduction to hockey
• Coaching, ice time, and player scholarships for the new Les Schwab Winterhawks Varsity Hockey League
WAHA also administers the Winterhawks Player Education Fund, which pays for college expenses for Winterhawks players once their hockey careers have ended. WAHA has its own management and Board of Directors, which maintains complete control over all use and distribution of donated funds. And as a registered 501(C)(3) organization, your gift to WAHA is tax-deductible as allowed by law.
To make a donation to WAHA or for more information please follow this link http://winterhawks.com/page/waha or contact Stan Girt at (971) 230-2972. If you’d prefer to mail in your donation you can send it to WAHA, Att’n Stan Girt, PO Box 3009, Portland OR 97208. Or you can visit the WAHA booth on the concourse at any Winterhawks home game.
The Portland Winterhawks launched the Winterhawks Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) in the summer of 2009. It's a comprehensive amateur hockey program designed to increase participation in the sport. In addition to the Winterhawks, WAHA includes the Junior Hawks program, Mountain View Ice Arena, Sherwood Ice Arena, Winterhawks Skating Center, and the Lloyd Center Ice Rink.
Through WAHA, the Winterhawks run a series of both ice hockey and floor hockey camps throughout the summer in a fun, supportive environment while keeping kids active in an attempt to help combat childhood obesity.
“Because of costs and the scarcity of ice rinks, hockey hasn’t always been an accessible sport, but we believe we can change that through WAHA,” says Portland Winterhawks President Doug Piper. “In addition, childhood diabetes and obesity have become epidemics in this country, and by getting kids off the couch and keeping them active during the summer, we can help build healthy habits that will last a lifetime.”
For kids who have never had any exposure to hockey, WAHA hosts free floor hockey/introduction to skating camps. They focus on basic hockey rules and skills and are geared towards kids who are interested in learning the game for the first time. Included in many of the floor hockey programs is an introduction to ice skating, which is also of no charge.
While many of WAHA’s programs are geared towards youth, the organization encompasses all levels of amateur hockey.
WAHA is a registered charity with a mission to recognize, respect and continue to build on the strong heritage of hockey in the Northwest.
Jill Boeschenstein, Executive Director
Boeschenstein is responsible for business and administrative functions to support hockey operations, while setting objectives and priorities to grow all aspects of hockey participation in Portland and Southwest Washington.
Ben Stadey, Director of Hockey Operations
Stadey played hockey at the NCAA level with Providence College, and has served as a hockey coach in the Portland area for nearly a decade. Stadey is responsible for overseeing WAHA’s coaching and player development, and will work closely with the Mountain View, Sherwood and Valley Ice Arenas to set standardized WAHA Learn to Skate and Learn To Play programs. Stadey will also create a comprehensive coaching program for kids exposed to the game for the first time through WAHA’s floor hockey programs.
Paul Gaustad, Spokesman
Gaustad played youth hockey in the Junior Hawks program, and spent three seasons with the Winterhawks from 1999-2002. He currently plays for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, where he set a career-high with 12 goals last season, and has amassed 111 points in 277 career games through the 2008-09 campaign. Gaustad is as a spokesman for WAHA, and coaches at select camps during the NHL’s offseason.