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ANNVILLE, LEBANON COUNTY – The Hershey Bears Boosters Club supports the hockey team year-round.  The event coming up on Sunday, March 13th is their chance to give back to the community through another game they love, Broomball.

"Broomball is pretty much the same as ice hockey," said Broomball for Autism Event Chairperson Brian Whitman.  "Except we run on the ice instead of using ice skates."

"The shoes that we use have a rubber bottom on them but you don't run and turn left when you want to," added the Boosters Club Broomball Captain Travis Helm.  "It's still ice, you're still going to slide a little bit."

Helmet, gloves, shinguards, stick, ball and a bigger net.  Those are the other necessities in Broomball.  For the club, it gives them something in common in addition to rooting for the Chocolate and White.

Helm explained, "It allows us to do something as a team, as a group.  Really as a bonding experience for everyone here.  Let's face it, who doesn't like to play on the ice every once in awhile."

Five years ago, the invitation to play was extended to local media to play broomball to raise awareness and money for Autism Society.   Friendly competitions have formed between local television and radio stations.  Everyone involved looks forward to the day of the event, the days that follow are a different story.

"The next day, everybody is all sore and trying to move around," laughed Whitman.  "It's just as fun seeing what they posted on social media the next day and how sore they are and how much fun they had."

The 5th annual Broomball for Autism event is Sunday from 10am-2pm at Klick Lewis Arena in Annville.   FOX43 will have a team in the event that is open to the public.