USA Wheelchair Rugby

A team photo of the 2004 USA Wheelchair Rugby training squad

USA Wheelchair Rugby is pleased to announce the 16 athletes who have been selected for the 2024 National Training Squad. The players were chosen from a group of 37 athletes following a five-day selection camp, December 11-16, at Lakeshore Foundation, a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site in Birmingham, Alabama. Making the National Training Squad is the first step for the athletes in securing a spot on the 12-person U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Team that will compete at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, August 28 to September 8.

Head coach Joe Delagrave said, “There is nothing more exciting than a Paralympic year. We have a group of 16 athletes who are unified by this excitement and focused on learning, growing and supporting one another along our journey to Paris. From the newest to most seasoned player, they are prepared to selflessly work toward a common goal – gold in Paris.”

In November 2023, USA Wheelchair Rugby claimed its qualifying spot to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games by winning gold at the 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile. With qualification secure, the team can now focus on refining its game plan for Paris.

Lakeshore National Adapted Sport Organization (LNASO), located in Birmingham, AL, is proud to be the National Governing Body of USA Wheelchair Rugby. Team members and staff travel from across the country to Lakeshore for training camps and competitions.

For more information, usawr.org, and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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2024 USA Wheelchair Rugby Training Squad

Sarah Adam, Naperville, IL
Jeff Andrews, Santa Rosa, CA
Chuck Aoki, Minneapolis, MN
Travis Baker, Hamilton, OH
Justin Beavers, Portland, OR
Clayton Brackett, Birmingham, AL
Jeff Butler, Ft. Wayne, IN
Chris Fleace, Tucson, AZ
Lee Fredette, East Moriches, NY
Brad Hudspeth, Stilwell, KS
Chuck Melton, Richview, IL
Eric Newby, Nashville, IL
Josh O’Neill, Colorado Springs, CO
Zion Redington, Birmingham, AL
Mason Symons, Hershey, PA
Josh Wheeler, Tucson, AZ

Staff

Joe Delagrave,  Head Coach
Mike Klonowski, Assistant Coach
Meme Earnest-Stanley, ATC
Chuck French, Equipment and Bench Staff
Amy Claire McMurtrie, Dietician
Jim Murdock, ATC/Medical Coordinator
Heather Rennerfeldt, Support Staff
Meagan Rowe, High Performance Manager
Meg Smith, Sports Psychology Provider


About

Wheelchair rugby player reaches for ball

As the home of USA Wheelchair Rugby, membership is open to all applicable groups including: amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators or officials.

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, now the United States Wheelchair Rugby Association (USWRA), 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.


Forms and Documents

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, sex, age, sexual orientation or national origin and with fair notice and opportunity for a hearing before declaring any such individual ineligible to participate.

Selection Procedures

U.S. Center for Safe Sport

Lakeshore National Adapted Sports Organization (LNASO) is committed to providing a safe, healthy and fun learning environment for our athletes. All participants are required to have a Background Screening and current U.S. Center for SafeSport training.

The Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policy (MAAPP) is a proactive prevention and training policy. The Center developed the MAAPP to assist National Governing Bodies, such as LNASO, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and other individuals to whom these policies apply in meeting their obligations under federal law.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport (The Center) is an independent nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Center provides a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic Movements. The Center also provides resources on abuse prevention and policies.

If you suspect child abuse is occurring, which includes emotional, physical, or sexual abuse of a minor (under the age of 18) you must report to law enforcement immediately. Additionally, if any of the individuals are involved in the Olympic & Paralympic Movement, a report must also be filed with the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Keep in mind filing a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport does not satisfy the requirement of reporting to local law enforcement.

LNASO Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

Reporting

If you see questionable behavior, say something! Report all sexual misconduct and child abuse to law enforcement and file a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport at uscenterforsafesport.org/report-a-concern. Violations such as non-sexual child abuse, emotional and physical misconduct, including stalking, bullying behaviors, hazing, and harassment; criminal charges or dispositions not involving child abuse or sexual misconduct and minor athlete abuse and prevention policy violations should be reported to LNASO at .

Report a Concern

U.S. Center for SAFESPORT LNASO

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has exclusive jurisdiction over allegations of sexual misconduct and discretionary jurisdiction over allegations of physical and emotional misconduct and MAAPP violations.
U.S. Center for SafeSport Reporting Line: 833-5US-SAFE
There are no associated costs or fees to report. You may report anonymously by leaving your name off of the reporting form.

How to Report a Concern

LNASO Governance and Financial Documents

LNASO Board of Directors

Lakeshore National Adapted Sports Organization (LNASO) Bylaws
LNASO Response and Resolution Policy
USAWR Athlete Code of Conduct
USAWR Administration Code of Conduct
USAWR Anti-Doping Notification
Whistleblower Policy
Gifts and Entertainment Policy
Conflict of Interest Policy for Lakeshore Foundation National Adapted Sport Organization (LNASO)
Criminal Background Check Policy for LNASO
LNASO Board Meeting Minutes (December 2022)
2021 Lakeshore Foundation 990
2020 Lakeshore Foundation 990
2019 Lakeshore Foundation 990
2018 Lakeshore Foundation 990
2022 Lakeshore Foundation Audit Report
2021 Lakeshore Foundation Audit Report
2020 Lakeshore Foundation Audit Report