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Wheelchair Sports Federation President speaks to Columbia University Graduates Print E-mail
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The Wheelchair Sports Federation President, John Hamre, was the Keynote Speaker at the Convocation and Awards Ceremony for the Columbia University Doctor of Physical Theraphy graduates on Tuesday May 17, 2011.  "It was an honor and humbling experience to speak to the next generation of Physical Therapists before they embark on their careers", Mr. Hamre said.  He continued, "Many of the students, now graduates, have volunteered at Wheelchair Sports Federation events and we hope they learned first hand about the importance sports can be in a disabled person's life".


WSF would like to congratulate all of the Graduates of Columbia University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  We wish them the best and as Mr. Hamre said in his address, "We use the term PUSH HARD a lot when we deal with Wheelchair Sports but is also has another meaning that alludes to success.  If you are waiting for good things to just happen, you may be waiting a while.  PUSH HARD! Continue to push yourselves hard and your patients hard and I guarantee you that they will be grateful." 


Mr.Hamre also wanted to thank Victor Calise and Bill Hannigan for taking time out of their busy schedules to join the proceedings  And to the Columbia University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Faculty, Staff, Dr. Joel Stein, Dr Risa Granick, Julie Wilska and Brittney Ravettine for their gracious hospitality and $1,000 gift they made to support Adaptive Sports Programs. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 May 2011 02:06
NY Rolling Knicks at Village Community School (NY) Print E-mail
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Members from the NY Rolling Knicks Division 3 Wheelchair Basketball Team, Edy Lopez and Yuskue Makino and tri-athlete, Ricardo Corral, put on a Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration for the 8th grade students at the Village Community School in Manhattan NY on Friday May 6, 2011.  After, some introductions and a run through of Wheelchair Basketball fundamentals, passing, dribbling and shooting, the 35 students got a chance to try out the adaptive sports wheelchairs and pushed hard for 2 hours.  This was the first time the Wheelchair Sports Federation had a chance to speak with students of The Village Community School and we look forward to seeing a new class of eager to learn 8th graders next year.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 03:42
Handcyclers at TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour (NY) Print E-mail
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Wheelchair Sports Federation athletes joined members of Achilles International and Wounded Warrior Project as well as over 30,000 other bike riders for the 2011 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour in New York City of Sunday May 1st, 2011.   The TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour is the largest mass cycling event in the United States.  Over 30,000 cyclists start from Batter Park betwen the skyscrapers of Manhattan and ride 42 miles through all 5 boroughs of New York City that include Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and ending in Staten Island. 


Wheelchair Sports athletes Victor Calise, Ricardo Corral, Billy Hannigan, Helene Hines and Carlos Guzman joined Dick Traum from Achilles International (pictured above) and John Koenck and Nick Kraus from Wounded Warrior Project.  All had a great day to ride and plan on attending next year.

For more information about the Five Boro Bike Tour, please visit  http://www.bikenewyork.org

Last Updated on Monday, 02 May 2011 17:13
Challenged Athletes Foundation Awards More Than $1.4 Million to 980 Individuals Print E-mail
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Challenged Athletes Foundation Awards More Than $1.4 Million to 980 Individuals


The Challenged Athletes Foundation in San Diego has announced grants totaling more than $1.4 million to help 980 individuals with physical disabilities become — and stay — involved in sports.

Awarded to athletes in twenty-two countries through the foundation'sAccess for Athletes program, which aims to bridge the gap between physical rehabilitation and the return to an active lifestyle, the grants will help underwrite training and coaching, adaptive sports equipment, and competition-related expenses. Of the record number of grants awarded by the foundation this year, 54 percent went to new program participants representing forty-eight different sports.

"Through the unwavering dedication and support of our fundraisers, sponsors, and donors, the Challenged Athletes Foundation was able to assist more physically challenged individuals than ever before," said CAF executive director Virginia Tinley. "We've seen firsthand how involvement in sports increases self-esteem, encourages independence, and enhances the quality of life for people with physical disabilities. Every recipient of an Access for Athletes grant will have his or her life changed in an incredibly positive way and we are honored to provide these much needed funds."


For more information on Challended Athletes Foundation please visit http://www.challengedathletes.org
Rollin Red Sox Wheelchair Softball Team - Starts 2011 Season Print E-mail
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Come Roll With Us


In 2010 the Rollin' Red Sox Wheelchair Softball team became a proud sponsored member of the Wheelchair Sports Federation, a National Non Profit Organization that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair bound adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively.

The Rollin' Red Sox team was started in 2000 and competes in both the National Wheelchair Softball Tournament and Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament each year. They are two of the largest wheelchair softball events in the Country.

The Rollin' Red Sox home field is the Field of Dreams in Brockton, Massachusetts. The 1st and only wheelchair softball field built in New England in 1998 at the Brockton VA Hospital.

The Rolllin' Red Sox team has made it to the Div. II National Wheelchair Tournament Championship 7 times and has won the National Div. II Championship 3 of them in 2005, 2006 and 2010. With players taking home numerous individual awards.

The Rollin' Red Sox and New York Mets have a long history together going back to the days of the EPVA Nets and NEPVA Celtics Wheelchair basketball teams. While both teams were competitive with each other the players also got along very well and when they weren't playing each other they could be seen rooting each other on at tournaments across the country.

Players from both teams took part in the first ever wheelchair softball clinic held by EPVA in New York and that year the EPVA Bombers were formed and became the 1st team from the Northeast to compete in the NWST. 5 Players from New England were part of that team. Back then Al Youakim coached all the teams including the softball team. We all knew and loved Al and will never forget him. I sure would like to think that Al would be very happy to know that the boys from Boston were part of the organization that continues his legacy of promoting wheelchair sports.

The Rollin' Red Sox also enjoys great support from the Boston Red Sox, Red Sox Foundation, Majestic Athletics, VA New England HealthCare and Stop & Shop stores.

We would like to thank John Hamre and Wheelchair Sports Federation for their support of our team and we know that with their support the Rollin' Red Sox program will continue to grow in leaps and bounds..

 Visit our Website for more information at www.rollinredsox.org  

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 April 2011 21:43
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