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Boston Brakers to hold power wheelchair soccer demonstration

Posted by boston.com  January 31, 2014 05:00 PM

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The following was submitted by The Boston Brakers:

The Boston Brakers power wheelchair soccer team will be holding a demonstration and 
informal discussion about the team and their efforts to promote the sport of power wheelchair soccer in the Boston area. 

The event will take place on February 1st from 1 to 2:30 PM at the Tobin Community Center, located at 1481 Tremont St., Mission Hill, MA. Power wheelchair soccer is competitive sport played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court, with two teams of four players who attack, defend, and kick a soccer ball in a manner similar to regulation soccer. So far Felix Arroyo, Tito Jackson, Sonia Chang-diaz and other possible city and state official will be in attendance.

The team will demonstrate the proper way the sport is played as well as give those in attendance a chance to try out playing the sport themselves. Extra power wheelchairs and bumper guards will be on hand to make this possible. The team will then engage in a discussion with the audience about the challenges and opportunities that comes with growing the sport in the region. 

About the Boston Brakers and Power Wheelchair Soccer: 
The Boston Brakers formed during the summer of 2012 following an event hosted by the United States Power Soccer Association. Now in their second year, the Boston Brakers have grown as a team and have received favorable publicity on television, newspapers, and online media. The team is made up of men and women, mostly from the Boston area and whose ages range from 30 to 60 years old. 

Members of the team include those with spinal cord injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, as well as other conditions that limit strength and mobility. Assisting team members throughout its existence have been numerous volunteers and community 
organizations including student groups from surrounding schools including Northeastern University, Tufts University, and Boston University, as well the Boston Self Help Center. 
According to the United States Power Soccer Association, power wheelchair soccer is the fastest growing sport in the world for disabled athletes using power wheelchairs. Areas of the country have seen significant growth of the sport including Indiana, California, and Florida. The Boston Brakers hope to have the same type of success in promoting the sport here in Boston, as well as the surrounding New England region, in an effort to give power wheelchair users a chance to experience competitive sport and sportsmanship. 

For more information on this event, please contact Jim Wice, Team Representative, at 617-777-3861 or via email at jjwice@gmail.com

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