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Breakaway 2018: WSF Rangers Signature Event Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   

On Tuesday, February 6th, Bill Greenberg, Commissioner, WSF Sled Rangers, hosted the third, bi-annual Breakaway event in support of the New York Sled Rangers hockey team. On a cold, but clear night in NYC, members of the Sled Rangers program skated in the rink at Bryant Park, surrounded by family, friends, and supporters. The mutual admiration between Rangers’ legends Mike Richter and Adam Graves and the sled hockey athletes was palpable, and everyone celebrated the fun these hockey players enjoy, as well as the success of the New York Sled Rangers program!

Mission Statement: It is the mission of the Wheelchair Sports Federation Sled Rangers to provide opportunities to physically disabled youth to increase their independence, self-esteem, and self-confidence through the sport of sled hockey in competitive team play. Our aim is to provide this opportunity to all physically disabled children who would like to participate.

Six, Stay-Focused alumni, who are members of the New York Sled Rangers team, joined in the festivities both on the ice and off.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 20:36
 
New Podcast at SoundCloud.com Print E-mail
Written by Brian Yourish   
 
Announcing a new podcast about a wheelchair basketball team.  Episode one features two-time Paralympian Trey Jenifer.

Born without legs due to a rare disorder, Trevon “Trey” Jenifer became a two-time Paralympian in wheelchair basketball, winning bronze in London in 2012 and a gold medal in Rio in 2016. Learn about Trey’s life growing up in Maryland, his two-years as a wrestler in high school, the book titled “From the Ground Up” that he co-wrote while still in high school, and his wheelchair basketball career from his time at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania to his multiple selections to the U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.


 
Enjoy. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 February 2018 02:17
 
NY Warriors Quad Rugby Tournament Print E-mail
Written by Matthew Castelluccio   

 

 

This weekend, 4 teams came together at the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, NY for head to head competition in wheelchair rugby at the EWAF NY Warriors Rugby Tournament.  NY Warriors, Magee Eagles (PA), NY Wreckers, and CT Jammers battled it out all weekend.  The tournament finals were very close for 3 & 4 and 1 & 2.  They were 1 point games up to the end.  With the tournament finals ending with Magee Eagles finishing 1st, NY Warriors 2nd, NY Wreckers 3rd, and CT Jammers finishing 4th

 

      

 

The event paid tribute to a fallen friend and fellow player of the NY Warriors Damon Rozier #21.  He will be remembered and missed always. Thanks to our sponsors Wheelchair Sports Federation, Hollister, and Bussani Mobility for helping us have wonderful event.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 January 2018 19:05
 
David Harrison - Adaptive Athlete & Mentor 1952 - 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   

 

At the young age of sixteen David Harrison learned that in adversity lies opportunity. He suffered a spinal-cord injury while sledding on a toboggan in a Quincy golf course. He never let the limitation or confinement to his wheelchair define him. In fact . . . he excelled and seized every activity and opportunity available.

David died at home on Friday, January 12, 2018. after an illness. He was 65.

Born on September 30, 1952 in Arlington he was a son of the late Donald M. and Mary (Silva) Harrison. A lifelong Cambridge resident he graduated from Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton. With a firsthand knowledge he worked as a certified orthotist and prosthetist for the Department of Veterans Affairs spinal cord center in West Roxbury. He would fabricate and fit patients with orthotics that eventually made artificial limbs. Dave enjoyed retirement after 36 years in 2011. He married Gloria Cartagena at the Paine Estate in Waltham on October 16, 1982.

Dave was active in sports all his life. Prior to his accident he played baseball in the Babe Ruth league in East Cambridge, ran cross country, track and played JV basketball at Latin. He was involved in the New England Paralyzed Veterans Association's Blazer and was selected as guard for the USA Paralympics basketball team in 1976 in Toronto in which they won the gold medal and was inducted to the New England Conference Hall of Fame. When receiving this award, Armand 'Tip' Thiboutot said 'he is as close to what I would describe as a mistake-free player as anyone I ever coached…a fine defensive player with excellent speed and quickness in relation to other players.'

He represented and participated in the 32nd National Wheelchair Championship's rower in the amateur division in a single-pontoon rigged racing shell. He played tennis for over 25 years, both here in Massachusetts and at their home in Citrus Springs, Florida. He looked forward to the annual pilgrimage to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York for the Jana Hunsaker Memorial. He rode in countless 5 and 10k road races and Boston's half-marathon

Throughout his life he remained positive despite his injuries and remained mindful of the many blessings he had throughout his life.

In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his brother Donald M. Harrison Jr. and sister, Joyce Sanchez.

In addition to his wife of 35 years, Gloria Cartagena Harrison, he leaves his brothers, Michael Harrison and his wife, Jerry of Topsfield and Douglas Harrison and his wife, Sheila of Tewksbury; his father-in-law, Camilo Cartagena of Citrus Springs, Florida; his sisters-in-law, Carmelin Gosselin and her husband, Steve of Citrus Springs, Florida and Linda Harrison of Ocala, Florida; also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember David's life by gathering for a calling hour on Saturday, January 20th from 12 – 1 pm in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham. His Celebration of Life will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial is private.

In lieu of flowers memorials in his name may be made to Don Harrison Foundation, 2300 SE 17th Street, Suite 200, Ocala, Florida 34471 (www.donharrisonfoundation.org)or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 (www.dana-farber.org).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 01:59
 
NEW FACEBOOK PAGE! Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
 
Friends of Adaptive Sports,

We are excited to enter our 10th Year and couldn't have reached this milestone without you.

As we continue to grow, we still need your help to promote Adaptive Sports in the United States and around the world.

Here's how you can help:

LIKE our NEW Facebook Page HERE

FOLLOW us on Twitter HERE

LIKE us on Instagram HERE

When you post on any of the above please make sure to use #PushHard and #WheelchairSportsFederation and when you mention us on Twitter, please tag us with @WSFederation.

We need your help to continue to highlight the incredible work you do in the Adaptive Sports Community.

Push Hard,

John Hamre
Wheelchair Sports Federation

P.S. - To honor our 10th Year please consider making a gift by clicking HERE.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:00
 
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