NBC just wrapped up unprecedented coverage of the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic winter games. While the big event is over, big dreams are just beginning for one Tampa Bay area child.
“I just skate around!” said 7-year-old Charlie Krouse.
Charlie skates around in hopes of becoming a member of the Paralympics one day, his mom says nothing can keep him off the ice.
“Just like most little boys he’s always on the go, having Spina bifida is just kind of a side note, and something we have never let slow us down, and define what he’s going to do,” said Jennifer Krouse.
Charlie was so enthusiastic about sled hockey that he would practice on a sled with wheels, until a Tampa dad heard that this up-and-coming athlete needed the real deal.
So Patrick Wolfe of WI Medical, a wheelchair and power mobility products company, reached out to the Tampa Bay Lightning and donated an official hockey sled.
“It didn’t have any wheels like the last one.” Charlie said beaming with excitement.
Wolfe and his son showed up at Amalie Arena to watch Charlie give his new sled a try.
“Just the idea of being able watch him be able to chase his dreams and become part of the Paralympic team someday, it’s a honor.” said Wolfe.
Kristen Bowness who heads up the Tampa Bay Lightening’s community team hopes Charlie’s passion spreads.
“We have an adult program, but Charlie is only the second child to play sled hockey.” said Bowness.
So the hope is Charlie Krouse will be a Gr8 Inspiration to up and coming athletes.