Rio Day 6 and 7: Wheelchair Rugby Begins Competition, Goalball and Wheelchair Basketball Approach Final Rounds

September 14, 2016

Day 6 U.S. Women’s Goalball finished their pool play on day 6 of the Paralympic Games with a 7-3 win over Israel. This placed the women as the second seed in pool C and matched them up with rival Canada in the quarterfinals. USA Women’s Wheelchair Basketball also had a big win over Brazil 66-35 […]

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Meet the USA Wheelchair Rugby Team: Chuck Melton

September 14, 2016

Meet Chuck Melton The 2016 USA wheelchair rugby team entered the Rio 2016 Paralympics ranked #1 by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF). One of the main reasons for their success is the combination of experienced veterans with new talent like Chuck Melton. Melton is competing in his first Paralympics this year and we spoke with him […]

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USA Wheelchair Rugby and Lakeshore: Where Sport and Family Collide

September 13, 2016

An Introduction to Wheelchair Rugby and Team USA Wheelchair Rugby, originally known as “murderball” because of its intense physical nature, was invented in 1977 by a group of Canadian athletes with quadriplegia looking for a sport that would allow players with reduced arm and hand function to participate equally. The sport is now practiced in […]

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Rio Day 5: USA Wheelchair Basketball Enter Quarterfinals on Top

September 13, 2016

Day Five at the Paralympic Games continued the incredible run for USA Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball. The women opened the day with a commanding 65-15 win over Algeria and finish pool play undefeated. Natalie Schneider was the top scorer with 14 and Florence, Alabama resident Abby Dunkin was second with 13. The women will move […]

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Rio Day Four: Noteworthy Wins and Paralympic Debuts

September 11, 2016

As the first weekend of competition comes to a close at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, USA Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball continue their strong performances. The morning session featured a close battle between the U.S. women and London bronze medalist, the Netherlands. The U.S. finished victorious, 60-50. Rose Hollermann was the leading scorer for […]

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