USA Wheelchair Rugby

                                        Photo credit Carol J. Moir

Lakeshore is proud to be the home of USA Wheelchair Rugby (USAWR) as the High Performance Management Organization. For more information on USA Wheelchair Rugby, visit usawr.org and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What is Wheelchair Rugby?

Wheelchair Rugby is a sport with roots grounded in wheelchair basketball and ice hockey and was developed by three Canadians from Winnipeg, Manitoba as an opportunity for athletes with quadriplegia to compete. The sport was originally called Murderball due to the aggressive nature of the game. It was introduced to the United States in 1979 at a demonstration at Southwest Minnesota State University. In 1981, Brad Mikkelsen, with the aid of the University of North Dakota’s Disabled Student Services, formed the first team, the Wallbangers, and changed the game’s name from Murderball to quad rugby. Today it is called wheelchair rugby.

In 1988, the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) was formed to help regulate and promote the sport on both a national and international level. There are now more than 40 organized teams in the United States with many others in the developmental stage. In addition to the teams in the U.S., there are at least 29 international teams with 20 more in the development stage. Wheelchair rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world.

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USA Wheelchair Rugby has a spirit of excellence. Since its inception as a Paralympic sport in 2000, the U.S. team is the most successful country in wheelchair rugby history with a medal in each Paralympic Games (two gold, one silver and two bronze). Coming off a silver medal finish in Rio 2016, the U.S. is striving to get back on top. Support USAWR as they go for the gold and give today! 

2019 Selection Camp Announcement

The 2019 selection process is underway, as invitations for the 2019 USA Wheelchair Rugby Selection Camp were sent to 38 athletes. The camp will take place at Lakeshore January 2-6, 2019. The athletes listed below have been invited to attend camp and a response, either accepting or declining the invitation, is due back no later than Friday, December 7 to High Performance Manager, Mandy Goff. If an invited athlete chooses not to participate in the team selection camp, vacancies of up to 40 athletes will be filled based on special invitations or accepted petitions received by the stated deadline and at the discretion of the Selection Committee. The training squad of up to 16 athletes will compete for a spot on the Parapan American Games roster of 12. The Parapan American Games will take place in August 2019 and will be the last chance for the team to automatically qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The following athletes have been invited to attend camp:

James Adams
Chuck Aoki
Clayton Brackett
Clayton Braun
Josh Brewer
Jeff Butler
Ernie Chun
Chad Cohn
Jake Daily
Joe Delagrave
Rob Deller
Liz Dunn
Chris Fleace
Lee Fredette
Kevin Hamilton
Derrick Helton
Ray Hennagir
Brad Hudspeth
Eric Ingram
Joe Jackson
Talbot Kennedy
Ryan Kress
Andre Lampkin
Joe Martel
Chuck Melton
Matt Milstead
Eric Newby
Josh O’Neill
Alejandro Pabon
Kory Puderbaugh
Jake Ross
James Sa
Adam Scaturro
Nick Springer
Keith Ann Steed
Mason Symons
Paco Torres
Tim Vixay
Josh Wheeler
Nathan Whitten
Jake Zunich