Tammy Kitterman of Bethel Park has been named "Hockey Mom of the Year" for 2018-19 as part of a joint promotion conducted by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty.
Tammy serves as team coordinator and parent liaison with the Pittsburgh Penguins Blind Hockey Team, and, according to the panel of judges, "exemplifies all the characteristics of an extraordinary hockey mom for all that she does for youth hockey and her community at large."
Tammy's son, Brock, 14, was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma when he was 12 weeks old and is both visually and hearing impaired. Because of his great determination, and with Tammy's love and support, Brock is now a star player with Pittsburgh Penguins Blind Hockey.
"Tammy Kitterman encapsulates all that we could ask for in a winning Hockey Mom of the Year," said Todd Van Horn, hockey mom program coordinator for The Preferred Realty. "Her passion for all kids to have the opportunity to play hockey and be part of the team is unparalleled."
"Every player will tell you that 'hockey moms' are the backbone of our sport, and we salute Tammy for her amazing effort on behalf of her son and his teammates," said Terry Kalna, Senior VP of Sales and Broadcasting for the Penguins. "Thanks to hockey moms everywhere for their dedication and commitment."
Off the ice, Tammy is just as dedicated as a school bus driver, as Parent Advocate for those who may need guidance in receiving special services, and as "Camp Mom" for Slippery Rock University's ENVISION Blind Sports Summer Camp.
Leslie Rutherford, a fellow hockey mom and wife of Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford, was a special guest judge on the "Hockey Mom of the Year" panel.
Tammy, who was one of five monthly winners during the season (January), received a $1,000 donation to her team as "Hockey Mom of the Year," in addition to in-game recognition at the Penguins' March 31 game vs. Carolina; a customized Penguins jersey; a commemorative plaque; a tour of the Penguins locker room; and a party suite for her team.
Other monthly winners during the 2018-19 season were Kristi Minnick of the Deer Lakes Hockey Club (October); Mandi Hammond of Westmoreland Hockey Association (November); Julie Soose of the North Pittsburgh Wildcats (December); and Colleen Sciorilli of Southpointe Amateur Hockey Association (February).
The Penguins would like to thank Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty for its continued support of the "Hockey Mom" program, now in its third year.