Mandan News

Inspiration Award presented to Michael Kaip

The North Dakota National Guard and USA Today Sports presented the 2013 Inspiration Award to Mandan High School senior Michael Kaip on Wednesday, May 22, at Mandan High School during a school assembly.

Kaip, born with cerebral palsy, is an avid hockey fan and served as the student manager for the Mandan High School Braves hockey team.

In search of ways to enable Kaip to participate in hockey, he and his parents discovered a sled hockey program in Fargo which allows disabled players to participate in the game. His parents arranged for Michael to play on a day when the Mandan Hockey team was in town for a game. The Mandan hockey team joined him on the ice that day.

Using that game as an inspiration, Kaip’s efforts and dedication inspired and assisted “Dreams in Motion,” a sports program for mobility impaired athletes, as well as their families and friends.

Based on his efforts, he was honored with a National Guard Bureau “2013 Inspiration Award.” This award is for high school students who inspire others in their schools and communities through their courage and dedication in helping others. The award was presented by Brig. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, deputy adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard.