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Adapted Floor Hockey: Stark rewarded with high honors

Brian Stark

Brian Stark not only enriches students in the classroom, but has influenced the lives of many on the court.

For his work

Stark was nominated and chosen for the Securian Financial Stick Tap Salute with the Minnesota Wild for his volunteering efforts with the Warriors adapted floor hockey Program

"I nominated Brian because my daughter, Sierra Hartung, has been on this team for the last three years and it has improved her life immensely," Kimberly Hartung said. "Being on the team has greatly improved her physical abilities. It has given her friendship, and taught her comradery."

Said Stark: "I was honored to be nominated. Thank you Minnesota Wild and Securian Financial for recognizing volunteers throughout the state of Minnesota."

Stark has coached many Brainerd Warriors sports programs, including being head coach of the Warriors girl's golf for seven years. He initially got involved in the adapted floor hockey after his son, Jacob, joined the team.

"Seeing my son go through the program, gain confidence and build relationships was so rewarding as a parent." Stark said, "Helping the other athletes go from not being able to hold a hockey stick, to playing at the state tournament is equally rewarding."

Stark graduated from Brainerd High School in 1991, and decided to pursue Elementary Education at St. John's University.

"I knew I wanted to be a teacher during my sophomore year of college after I had the opportunity to shadow many of the coaches and teachers that impacted my life." Stark said.

Stark started his career teaching third grade at Riverside Elementary after graduating from St. John's in 1995 and after 20 years, started a new opportunity teaching fifth grade science at Forestview Middle School. This will be his third year at Forestview.

Stark volunteers in his local church, with the STEM program at Forestview and also with the Warriors adapted floor hockey team.

"The adapted floor hockey program is so important to Warrior athletics because it gives these athletes an opportunity to be apart of something they normally wouldn't be able to. I want to thank the coaches, Todd Person and Josh Fordyce, for building the program and making it successful, I also want to thank Cassie Saxon and Cindy Herlich for coming to every game and practice to interpret for us."