GoFreeWheel.com, Epical Solutions, and The Steadfast Foundation are partnering with US Athletes to raise money to provide equipment, training time, and the FreeWheel Wheelchair Attachments for young Paralympic Athletes and their local associations.
Currently we are working to raise money for the following sports:
Sled (sledge as it’s referred to outside the United States) hockey was invented at a Stockholm, Sweden. Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception some of the equipment. Sled hockey provides opportunity for many types of disabilities and there are opportunities available in local areas for recreation/competition all the way to the National Sled Team that plays in the Paralympics.
Basketball has been a part of the Paralympic Games since 1960. Though originally played only by men with spinal cord injuries, now both men’s and women’s teams throughout the world, with a variety of disabilities, compete in the sport. Many of the same rules from its counterpart apply in the wheelchair game. While plays and tactics are similar, special rules, such as those to accommodate dribbling from a wheelchair, are also in place.
Rugby made its Paralympic debut as a demonstration event in Atlanta in 1996. It became a medal sport in Sydney in 2000, where the United States won the gold medal. The game was first developed in Canada as a team sport for quadriplegic athletes, and was originally known as “murderball” because of its intense physical nature. After being introduced in the United States, the name was changed to “quad rugby,” but it is also commonly known as wheelchair rugby.