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The Griffins are building on their successful Sensory Nights, which includes some noise and light effect reductions to make the game more friendly for neurodiverse fans.

The Griffins presented their 3rd Annual Sensory Night in February.

Hockey Without Barriers Game presented by University of Michigan Health-West
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 vs. Texas Stars

Hockey Without Barriers & Sensory Friendly: The Griffins will host their third annual Hockey Without Barriers/Sensory Friendly Night with the help of i understand, a nonprofit organization that offers compassionate comfort for those affected by suicide or mental/brain health illness and pain. The Griffins will wear a sticker on their helmets to show support for people struggling with mental health. The game will feature decreased stimulation for those who are sensitive to loud noises and strobing lights. Click here to see all of the sensory-friendly amenities available throughout the game.

Hockey Without Barriers & Sensory Friendly Jersey: The Griffins will wear specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off on the DASH app following the contest, with all proceeds benefiting i understand.

The Night includes the following considerations as well.

  • No Goal Horn
  • Decreased Microphone Volume
  • Decreased Music Volume
  • No strobe lights
  • No pre-game pyro
  • Sensory Room available away from the action (Section 120)
  • Includes seating and activities away from crowds and noise

We talk more about Sensory Nights on the March 2022 Party in the Back Podcast, with some insights on how teams are successfully building those night.

March 2022 Party in the Back Podcast

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