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Columbus Reds Wheelchair Softball Division II Champs in 2015 Print E-mail
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The Columbus Reds Wheelchair Softball Team attended the 39th Annual Wheelchair Softball World Series in Biloxi, Mississippi from August 6th to 8th, 2015. The Reds won 5 and lost 2 for the week securing a Division 2 National Championship. The Championship game was won in the bottom of the 7th inning when the Reds were tied with the Kentucky Wheelcats 7 to 7 with two outs and a man on third base. Cole Anders came up to bat and hit a walk off double to left center field driving in the winning run. The Reds were honored to have every player in the outfield and half the players in the infield recognized as Division 2 all tournament players. The hot bat of Terry Boyd carried the team in several games and clutch situations as he was appropriately recognized with the best right fielder award and all tournament MVP.  The others were also recognized for all tournament positions including Cole Anders, left field as well as rookie of the year, James Terpenning, Rover, Joe Wittkamp, Centerfield, Korby Borders, 3rd Base, Gary Dwyer, Shortstop and Dave Anders, Pitcher. The Reds would like to thank John Hamre and the Wheelchair Sports Federation for their continued support that helped enable the Columbus Reds Wheelchair Softball Team to make it to Nationals this year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 20:39
North Jersey Navigators compete at NJDC and International Competitions Print E-mail
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The North Jersey Navigators Track & Field Team had a great performance at the 2015 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) held in New Jersey in late July 2015.  They had 11 athletes participating at the NJDC and the team netted 125 medals (85 Gold, 35 Silver, and 10 Bronze).  They set 33 new national records and once again placed first on the Large Team category.  This is the result of their hard work; dedication and commitment to the North Jersey Navigators Paralympic Sport Program. 




Three Navigators athletes were selected as members of the Junior USA Team that participated last month at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games in the Netherlands, July 2-9.  The Navigators athletes participating at the 2015 IWAS World Junior Games collectively won 16 Medals (5 Gold, 7 Silver and 4 Bronze).   In addition, one athlete and one member of the coaching staff were selected as members of the USA Paralympic Team that will be participating next week at the 2015 ParaPan American Games in Toronto,August 5-15.  The Navigators coaching staff is extremely pleased with the way our team members continue to improve and excel in adaptive sports and we are very proud of our accomplishments competing at national and International levels.




Thank you very much for the continued support of Wheelchair Sports Federation. - Jimmy Cuevas, North Jersey Navigators Paralympic Sport Club

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 19:37
Wheelchair track athletes attend clinic in Union County Print E-mail
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UNION COUNTY — Twenty four physically disabled junior athletes from across the country, including nine from New Jersey, participated Friday in a wheelchair track clinic led by Adam Bleakney, head coach of the University of Illinois wheelchair track team.

Bleakney, who was the 2007 and 2013 Paralympic National Coach of the Year, worked the athletes through a variety of drills over the course of the two-day intensive clinic. Each drill addressed a specific element of wheelchair track: starts, rolling acceleration, top speed and handling turns. 

"We cover everything dealing with wheelchair racing and  the specific skills necessary to be successful on the track." Bleakney said. 

 The clinic held at Warinanco Park in Roselle and sponsored by the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) was free for participants.

Stephen Koziel, an 18-year-old athlete from Kearny, trains with Children's Specialized Hospital's "Children's Lightning Wheels" a junior wheelchair athletic program for individuals with a physical disability ages 5–22.  

Koziel said the clinic is an amazing opportunity for athletes looking to learn new techniques.

"These drills have given me the opportunity to start practicing race tactics." Koziel said. "Adam is one of the best coaches in the nation to learn from." he added

This September, Koziel will attend the University of Illinois and plans on majoring in psychology. He will also train with Bleakney.

These same athletes, along with more than 200 other physically disabled athletes — the top high school age juniors from across the county — will compete in the 2015 National Junior Disability Championships (NJDC) from July 18 to July 24. Qualifying athletes will compete in Paralympic style events such as archery, swimming, powerlifting, pentathlon track and field.

All events will be held in Union County.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 19:19
Wheelchair Softball at MLB All-Star Fan Fest in Cincinnati Print E-mail
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On Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12, 2015, representatives from Wheelchair Softball Teams sponsored by Major League Baseball Teams held some exhibition games at the Duke Energy Convention Center where the 2015 MLB FAN FEST was held.  Players from Wheelchair softball Teams sponsored by the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays played in front of the thousands of people who attended the FAN FEST on those days.  For more infor mation about Wheelchair Softball go to http://www.wheelchairsoftball.org/

ADA 25th Anniversary Wheelchair Softball Game (NJ) Print E-mail
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Members of the Wheelchair Sports Federation squared off in a softball match with players from the Morris County Park Police and staff members from DAWN Center for Independent Living, during a recent game held at a Family Fun Day to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event was held in June at Central park of Morris County in Morris Plains, which offers the community an all-access playground and fully accessible ball field. DAWNcil is a nonprofit agency headquartered in Denville NJ that assists individuals with disabilities living in Morris, Warren and Sussex counties. The event offered entertainment, refreshments and a variety of other family friendly activities throughout the day.  For more information about DAWNcil go to dawncil.org

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 03:23
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