Crofton, Md. – Valencia, Calif. resident Dave Chase has been named Executive Director of the American Special Hockey Association, based in Crofton, Md.
Chase will take over for former Executive Director David Lucia, who over the past five years has provided ASHA with outstanding leadership and vision for its future. Most notably, was in August 2013 when he branded ASHA a “Therapy First, Hockey Second” organization. His imprint on ASHA’s success will carry the brand forward for years to come.
Chase has been at the center of the development and growth of SNAP Sports, a Valencia, Calif. based 501(c)3 that offers alternative team sports for special needs athletes. He currently serves as the Executive Director of that organization, as well as the Director of Hockey Operations for ASHA member, the Valencia SNAP Flyers.
Since their inception in 2012, the Valencia SNAP Flyers have enjoyed steady and substantial growth, offering a variety of activities that include; the Annual SoCal Special Hockey Festival, showcase appearances in National Hockey League arenas such as the Staples Center (Los Angeles, Calif) and the Canadian Tire Centre (Ottawa, Ontario), international team tournament travel and annual fundraising events. Chase was also responsible for the development of the organization’s strategic partnership with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.
Prior to his position with SNAP Sports and ASHA, Chase was an Event Consultant with DGC Events, managing non-profit fundraising events throughout the Santa Clarita Valley (Santa Clarita, Calif). Chase sought a career in the non-profit sector in 2007, after a twelve-year career as a screenwriter in the film & television industry. Prior to becoming a California resident, Chase was a 25-year veteran Race Official and Operations Specialist for Raceway Park, a multi-use motorsports facility in his home state of New Jersey. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree with a dual major from Seton Hall University in Communications and Film and Art History.