Jeff Butler is one of three members of the Rio 2016 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team who will compete at the 2017 Demolition Derby. Learn more about Jeff, and watch him play this weekend. #DemoDerby2017
You also have the chance to meet Jeff, get his autograph and see his Paralympic medal Friday, February 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Stop by the Lakeshore Fieldhouse to meet the Rio 2016 players and watch some great wheelchair rugby.
Team: Texas Stampede
Current Residence: Austin, TX
Occupation: Software Developer
How many years have you played wheelchair rugby? 12
List teams you have played 0n:
Indy Brawlers 2005 – 2010
Texas Stampede 2010 – 2017
USA Wheelchair Rugby Team 2015 – 2016
How many years have you competed at the Demolition Derby? 4
What is your favorite Demolition Derby memory? In 2015, the Texas Stampede won the Demolition Derby title, and we celebrated our victory at Jim n’ Nicks!
Top athletic achievements:
Silver medalist at Rio 2016 Paralympics
Silver medalist at Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games
Texas Stampede 2016 national champions
Made the all-tournament team (0.5) at 2016 Canada Cup
How did you get involved with wheelchair rugby? I was introduced to the sport through a family friend.
How old were you when you began playing? 15
Favorite quote: “If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.” –Mario Andretti
Favorite food/meal: Steak and potatoes
Favorite movie: The Fifth Element
Favorite athlete: Peyton Manning
Favorite band/musical artist: Ben Folds
Hobbies: Technology, live music, sports
Fun fact about yourself: I recently founded a software company called VIPatient.