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News Room: Press Releases

Flyers honor Virtua employee for selfless service

The Philadelphia Flyers honored long-time Virtua employee, Tom Brake as a Flyers Community Teammate. Tom was recognized at one of the last games of the Flyers season for the countless hours that he dedicates to coaching and mentoring disabled youth in Southern New Jersey.

Flyers Ambassador Bob “The Hound” Kelly, presented Tom with a personalized Flyers jersey with the number 70, selected by Tom in honor of his 70th birthday. See video below.

Tom founded the Wings of Steel youth sled hockey team in 2000. Sled hockey is a national sport designed for disabled and injured athletes. Instead of skating, players sit on specially designed sleds and use two short hockey sticks to propel themselves across the ice. Every week, Tom coaches youth players who range in age from 10 to 19 and cope with conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

In addition to volunteering his time for the Wings of Steel, Tom has formed a U.S. Junior National team and has traveled with the team to competitions around the world. He recently started a new team for 13 to 16 year olds and has created the first all women’s adult sled hockey team in the country.

Tom retired from Virtua in June 2011 after 20 years as a maintenance mechanic at Virtua Voorhees. Virtua continues to be a proud supporter of the Wings of Steel. The team participated in the press conference in 2006, announcing Virtua’s naming sponsorship of the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone, and as part of Virtua’s contract, receives 10 hours of free ice time each season.

For more information about the Wings of Steel, e-mail Tom at sledhockey1@comcast.net or visit www.sjwingsofsteel.com
 

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.