Stacey Karasinski, an employee in payroll services at Upstate, competed in the state Special Olympics Winter Games with her floor hockey team. The 11-player roster includes a goalkeeper and two “lines” of five players that the coach swaps out throughout the game. Only six players play at a time.
Here’s what Karasinski likes about floor hockey, a sport she has played for 10 years:
1. She likes being the only girl on the team, even though sometimes the boys are a little rough.
2. She plays offense and prefers the face-off position.
3. She enjoys flicking the puck (made of heavy felt with a hole in the middle) into the air and knowing that it is destined for the goal.
4. She makes new friends through the games.
5. She loves to win.