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METS TO HOST 34TH ANNUAL NATIONAL WHEELCHAIR SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT Print E-mail
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METS TO HOST 34TH ANNUAL NATIONAL WHEELCHAIR SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

THIS THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY AUGUST 19-21 AT CITI FIELD

 

Top Wheelchair Athletes in the World to Compete on 14 Teams From Across the Country;

Many Men and Women Are Wounded Veterans, Paralympic Medalists

 

Citi Field is the First Major League Baseball Venue to Host the Championships;

First Time Tournament Will Be Played in New York

 

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 18, 2010 – The New York Mets, the Wheelchair Sports Federation, and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation today announced the 34th Annual National Wheelchair Softball Tournament will take place Thursday, Friday, Saturday August 19-21 at Citi Field, marking the first time a Major League Baseball ballpark has hosted the event.

 

The top wheelchair athletes from around the world will compete on 14 teams from across the country.   Many of the men and women playing in the tournament are veterans who were wounded in battle, and many have competed and won medals at the Paralympics.

 

The Mets sponsor a Queens wheelchair softball team of their namesake, and have teamed up with the Wheelchair Sports Federation to host the Major League Baseball Wheelchair Softball tournament for the past nine years.  This year’s National Championship will mark the first time the event has been played in New York.

 

“We’re proud to be a part of this inspiring and historic competition, the first time the best wheelchair softball athletes in the country are competing at a Major League Baseball venue,” said Jeff Wilpon, Mets COO.  “The Mets throughout the year support wheelchair softball in New York as part of our ongoing community outreach efforts, and we salute the Wheelchair Sports Federation and United Spinal Association for their efforts in our hometown and nationally.”

 

“Having the best Adaptive Athletes in the United States come to New York City and compete is a great honor and we are happy to be a part of this historic event and look forward to many more." said John Hamre, President, Wheelchair Sports Federation.

 

Mets sponsors Pepsi, Dunkin’ Donuts, Modell’s, Subway and Wise all have donated their products to help feed and equip the more than 300 men and women participating in the tournament.  More than 50 volunteers – many from the New York City Office of Emergency Management – will donate their time to help run the event.

 

The Mets, Wheelchair Sports Federation and NYC Department of Parks are coordinating the tournament in conjunction with the National Wheelchair Softball Federation, and Major League Baseball.

 

Teams will compete for the Division I and Division II National Championship in a double-elimination tournament played in the Citi Field parking lots.  The semi-finals and finals will take place Saturday, August 21 followed by an awards banquet.  The event is free and open to the public.

The following are the teams competing for the national title:

 

  • Columbus Pioneers (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Confluence Center Coast Tar Wheels (Indian Trail, North Carolina)
  • Courage Rolling Twins (Brooklyn Park, Minnesota)
  • Nebraska Barons (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • Midwest Flyers (Dolton, Illinois)
  • MPVA Flamethrowers (Duluth, Minnesota)
  • Nassau Aviators (Nassau County, New York)
  • New York Mets (Flushing, New York)
  • New York Yankees (Bronx, New York)
  • RIC Cubs (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Rollin Red Sox (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Shepherd Sluggers (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (Tampa, Florida)
  • WPVA Warhawks (Waukesha, Wisconsin)

All games will take place in Citi Field parking lots F and D. Teams will play Thursday, August 19 and Friday, August 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

On Saturday, August 21, the semifinals begin at 9:00 a.m. followed by the championship game at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

 

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For more information contact:

Danielle Sessa Parillo                                              John Hamre

Director, Communications                                       Wheelchair Sports Federation

New York Mets                                                       917-519-2622

(718) 565-4354                                                        This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 September 2010 18:08
 
Adaptive Rowing in NY Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

Adaptive Rowing Day in New York City

 

Row New York established an Adaptive Rowing Program this summer after receiving a grant from NYU to purchase some adaptive equipment for their boats.  In July 2010, Row New York hosted the Wounded Warrior Project and Wheelchair Sports Federation to an introduction to Adaptive Rowing at Lake Meadow at Flushing Meadows Corona Park NY.  Adaptive Athletes included 2008 Beijing Adaptive Rowing Bronze Medalist, Laura Schwanger and adults and kids from the New York area.

 

After warming up on some converted Concept 2 indoor rowing equipment.   The athletes boarded the 8 seat row boat with special adapted seating with straps for stability.  The volunteers of Row New York then took the boat out and gave instructions of the proper techniques on rowing.  Under the hot sun, all the athletes found it to be challenging and fun.  With some practice and some more instruction, the Wheelchair Sports Federation hopes to have a competitive Adaptive Rowing Team that can travel and compete in places like Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA.

 

For more information about Adaptive Rowing, please contact Amanda Kraus, Executive Director of Row New York, 10-27 46th Ave Suite 101, Long Island City, NY 11101, (718) 433-3076, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and check out their website at www.rownewyork.org.

 

 


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 July 2010 01:34
 
MASON’S TRACK AND FIELD MEET EXCEEDS HIGH EXPECTATIONS Print E-mail
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MASON’S TRACK AND FIELD MEET EXCEEDS HIGH EXPECTATIONS

33rd Running of Masonic Fraternity Sponsored Event Easily Ranks Amongst the Best 

 

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—Many were on hand as the 33rd Annual Masonic Junior Regional Wheelchair Meet got underway on Saturday, June 5 in South Brunswick, New Jersey.  The event was sponsored by the Masonic Fraternity of New Jersey, and co-sponsored by the Tri-State Wheelchair Athletic Association and Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports USA.  The meet saw athletes from across the U.S. compete and continue the legacy of sportsmanship and athletic achievement that has been the calling card of the Masonic Junior Regionals for decades.

 

      As is customary at track and field meets, the events—swimming, weightlifting, table tennis, along with a variety of track and field events—were divided into groups based on gender and class of disability.  Seemingly suffering no ill effects from the sprained ankle sustained at his last meet, Xavier Perez put on an incredible display of strength in the weightlifting competition.  In his weight class of 52 kg (approximately 115 pounds), he lifted a grand total of 235 pounds in his two lifts, which is more than twice Xavier’s own bodyweight, a remarkable feat to be sure.  Alexander Xue also had a terrific meet, shining both in swimming and table tennis.  Miguel Jimenez-Vergara picked up where he left off in Edison at the 40th Annual Tri-State Regional, performing well in swimming and several track events.  As for the female athletes, they were no less impressive.  Caitlin Chaser’s lift total of 185 pounds was tops among all other female competitors, although Jennifer Faes’ 175 was a more than respectable total.  Alexandra Kay excelled in her track events as well as in shotput, javelin, and discus.  Lynne Ganley continued to be at the top of her game, as she carried the success she had at last month’s Tri-State Regional over to the Masonic meet by finishing first in all of her track and field events and posting several strong times in swimming events.

      For more information about this and other adapted sports and events, please visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org 

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 June 2010 17:08
 
10TH ANNUAL JANA HUNSAKER MEMORIAL WHEELCHAIR TENNIS TOURNAMENT Print E-mail
Written by Peter Quartuccio   

USA RETURNS TO THE SUMMIT AT THE 10TH ANNUAL JANA HUNSAKER MEMORIAL WHEELCHAIR TENNIS TOURNAMENT

 

Americans Claim Top Spots at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

 

FLUSHING, NY—For the first time in several years, players from the United States finished first in both the Open Singles and Open Doubles division at the 10th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Flushing, Queens.  The four day event, which took place between June 10 and June 13, featured athletes from across the globe, including Canada, Turkey, Japan, and perennial tennis power France, but it was the players from the States who reigned supreme, many of whom reaching the top by upsetting favored foreigners.  Texas native Stephen Welch turned in a tremendous performance at the tournament.  He was seeded 4th in both the Singles and Doubles divisions, but Welch proved to be more than up to the task.  His frozen-rope forehands and vicious slices helped him knock off the top seed en route to his Open Singles championship.  He and his teammate Anthony Anderson faced similarly long odds in the Open Doubles division, as they were pitted against favored competition throughout.  They were undaunted, however, and their victory over the 2nd seeded tandem of Yoshinobu Fujimoto and Masahiro Honma cemented the U.S. sweep.  Americans William Eno, Dylan Baggett, and John Frederic shined as well, and each finished first in the Class A, Class B, and Class C Singles divisions, respectively.  Not to be outdone, USA’s Emmy Kaiser won the Women’s Open Singles title, and added the finishing touch to a Red, White, and Blue-tinged weekend in Queens, NY.

 

            For more information about adapted sports and events, please visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 23:42
 
TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES SHINE AT 40TH ANNUAL TRI-STATE REGIONAL Print E-mail
Written by Peter Quartuccio   

TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES SHINE AT 40TH ANNUAL TRI-STATE REGIONAL

Dozens of Disabled Athletes Take Part in Three-Day Event

 

EDISON, NJ—Despite somewhat shoddy weather, this year’s edition of the Tri-State Regional Track and Field Competition was one of the finest ever run, and included some sparkling performances by the numerous participants.  The event, which was held at Thomas Edison Park in Edison, New Jersey, was sponsored by the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, and co-sponsored by the Tri-State Wheelchair Athletic Association and the WASUSA.  The competition took place over the course of three days, from Friday, May 21 through Sunday, May 23, and included table tennis, archery, weightlifting, shot-put, discus, javelin, and several track events. 

 

            The events were separated by both gender and class of disability, and while all of the athletes performed admirably, a few set themselves apart thanks to their monumental efforts.  Colleen Rock had a particularly strong few days in Edison, finishing at or near the top in every event—weightlifting, archery, table tennis, track, and field—in which she participated.   Miguel Jimenez-Vergara also dominated, taking first in archery as well as several track and field events.  Other standouts included Raymond Martin in archery and field, Stephanie Marquez in discus and track, and Lynne Ganley in track and field.  One of the more remarkable performances, however, was by Xavier Perez, a runner who despite spraining his ankle, still managed to post impressive times in the 100 and 200 Meter runs.

            Determination and sportsmanship were exhibited by all of the athletes at the 40th Annual Tri-State Regional, and their efforts helped to ensure that there will be a 41st.

            For more information about disabled sports and events, please visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 23:42
 
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