Group doesn't let disabilities keep them from scoring goals
By FOX 10 News Staff
The United States Power Soccer National President's Cup Tournament is underway. It's the first competitive team sport designed and developed for power wheelchair users.
The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four players attack, defend and spin-kick a 13 inch soccer ball. It's a skilled and challenging game -- similar to able-bodied soccer.
"Definitely just being able to play different teams and there's like 60 teams across the nation. There's a lot of good ones and you get to learn a lot every game," said Mark Schwab.
"Oh it's awesome. I have always wanted to play a competitive sport or play a team based sport and this is the first chance I had to do it," said Chris Schwab.
The Desert Outlaws of Phoenix are hosting the tournament.
"It's a game that can be very fast, it can be very slow, it's all up to the strategy of the players," said David Demlab, a parent and referee.
The players are so dedicated that they practice countless hours at home.
"We have players who have their own balls and cones at home and they practice hitting and scoring and they practice as the regular athletes do in any other sport," said Demlab.
"Everyone that's in a power wheelchair and hasn't heard of this sport should come check it out, they'll love it," said Chris.
If you'd like to check out the action, they compete again Friday and Saturday at Camelback High School.