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About Tim’s Kids

Tim’s Kids is the dream of the late Tim Szymula, who volunteered so much of his time to the support of youth hockey in Brevard County, Florida. Even with his passing, his giving did not stop. He directed a portion of his life insurance to be used to start up this program. That’s how much he believed in it.

The program has four facets: Tim’s Kids Hockey, Tim's Kids Sled Hockey,Tim's Kids Special Hockey and Friends for Life. 

Tim’s Kids Hockey provides kids between the ages of 5 and 8 years old the opportunity to try the sport of ice hockey at little to no cost to their parents. The program starts as a simple “pond hockey” experience, with a bunch of pucks, ice, and no pressure. As the kids progress, simple and fun “drills” will be added to keep them engaged and improving their skating skills.

Tim's Kids Sled Hockey provides athletes with disabilities to experience an adaptive form of the sport of ice hockey. Primarily, but not exclusively, geared towards athletes with lower body disabilities, the players use sleds and specialized sticks to play the game with only minor rules modifications.

Tim's Kids Special Hockey is a program for children with cognitive disabilities. We completed our inaugural session of TK Special in August 2011.

Friends for Life is a non-competitive cultural exchange with M&L Sports of Quebec, Canada, using ice hockey as the common interest. The exchange takes place once per year with the site alternating between Canada and the U.S. The exchange is inclusive of ice hockey players of any skill, gender, or physical ability.

In order for our programs to continue for years to come, we need contributions from both the hockey community as well as the local business community. If you would like to donate, please do so by cash, check, or charge at the Iceplex front desk or by mailing to the address in this brochure. If you know of a local business that would like to be a sponsor, please have them contact Gary O’Neil at (321)543-2307.

Coaches & Personnel

Gary O'Neil
USA Hockey Certified to Level III; trained in CPR (infant/child/adult) and first aid; coach of eight years here at Iceplex; current assistant coach of the Bantam travel team; plays in Iceplex adult leagues.

Susan Szymula
President of Tim's Kids Inc.

Bob McEwen
Board member of Tim's Kids Inc; co-owner and operator of M&L Hockey in Quebec; special friend of hockey in our community

Nick Szymula
Former travel player, current house player; assistant administrator for Tim's Kids

Rick Ninko
Owner of the Space Coast Iceplex

Tim’s Kids, Inc., is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit in the State of Florida, United States of America (registration no: CH28695). A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling (800)435-7352 within the State of Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.