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 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.

  • Support USAWR
  • 2018 Schedule
  • GIO IWRF Roster
  • Forms & Documents

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! 

  • January 3-7: USAWR Selection Camp, Lakeshore Foundation
  • March 5-12: Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations, Leicester, England
  • April 11-15: Training Camp, Lakeshore Foundation
  • April 19-22: USQRA Nationals, Phoenix, AZ
  • May 9-20: Resident Camp, Lakeshore Foundation
  • June 7-11: Training Camp, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • June 12-17: Canada Cup, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • July 12-21: Resident Camp, Lakeshore Foundation
  • July 31-August 11: GIO 2018 IWRF World Championships, Sydney, Australia

GIO IWRF World Championship 2018 Roster

Chuck Aoki – Minneapolis, MN
Jeff Butler – Austin, TX
Ernie Chun – Phoenix, AZ
Chad Cohn – Tucson, AZ
Jake Daily – Lakewood, CO
Joe Delagrave – Prairie du Chien, WI
Lee Fredette – East Moriches, NY
Talbot Kennedy – Atlanta, GA
Chuck Melton – Richview, IL
Adam Scaturro – Lakewood, CO
Josh Wheeler – Tucson, AZ

Head Coach – James Gumbert
Assistant Coach – Sue Tucker
Equipment Manager – Chuck French
High Performance Manager & Team Lead – Mandy Goff
Sports Nutritionist – Amy Claire Grisham
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator – Sharon Moskowitz
ATC, Medical Coordinator – Jim Murdock
Bench Staff – Bob Murray
Bench Staff – Gary Pate
Sports Psychology – Meg Smith