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USA Wheelchair Rugby

The USA Wheelchair Rugby Team had a strong performance at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games bringing home the silver medal. Visit usawr.org to learn about the team’s full Tokyo performance and rewatch all of the wheelchair rugby action on NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports app.

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

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12 USA Wheelchair Rugby players wearing blue jackets smile in 2 lines

Tokyo 2020 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team

#2 Chuck Melton (Richview, IL)
#3 Joe Jackson (Maricopa, AZ)
#4 Adam Scaturro (Lakewood, CO)
#5 Chuck Aoki (Minneapolis, MN)
#6 Jeff Butler (Austin, TX)
#9 Eric Newby (Bailey, CO)
#10 Josh Wheeler (Tucson, AZ)
#11 Lee Fredette (East Moriches, NY)
#12 Chad Cohn (Tucson, AZ)
#14 Joe Delagrave (Prairie du Chien, WI)
#22 Kory Puderbaugh (Boise, ID)
#33 Ray Hennagir (Deptford, NJ)

Alternates

Ernie Chun (Phoenix, AZ)
Jake Daily (Belleville, IL)
Liz Dunn (Pittsburgh, PA)
Montrerius Hucherson (Tallassee, AL)

Staff

Mandy Goff, High Performance Manager and Team Lead
James Gumbert, Head Coach
Sue Tucker, Assistant Coach
Jim Murdock, ATC/Medical Coordinator
Bob Murray, Equipment and Bench Staff
Chuck French, Equipment and Bench Staff
Meg Smith, Sports Psychology Provider
Sharon Moskowitz, Strength & Conditioning
Amy Claire McMurtrie, Dietician
Lexi Coon, Photographer
Jen Allred, Press Officer

Wheelchair rugby player reaches for ball

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.

USA Wheelchair Rugby is committed to providing an equal opportunity to amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials to participate in amateur athletic competition, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, or sex, and with fair notice and opportunity for a hearing before declaring any such individual ineligible to participate.

Lee Fredette has submitted a declaration of candidacy to serve on the Athlete Advisory Council (AAC) during the 2021-2024 term.  




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