This past weekend, the SLSG MO Academy Program participated in a community service project by volunteering time to work the Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA) Power Wheelchair Soccer Event at St. Charles Community College.
Power Wheelchair Soccer is played 4v4 on a basketball court. The power chair is equipped with a guard on the front of the chair, which is used to dribble the 13-inch soccer ball.
Power soccer does not limit itself to athletes with paraplegia or amputees, and is a sport in which even those with very limited physical abilities can still participate and be successful.
“It was a fantastic experience to be able to help out with the power chair soccer tournament,” U16 MO Academy player Taner Dogan said. “It’s a great feeling to be able to spread the game to people with disabilities and is even more rewarding to watch them compete and enjoy it.”
While at the event, the Academy players helped keep score of games, as well as making sure that the ball gets back in play when it rolled out of bounds. In addition, the Academy players cheered on the players during the games.
Overall, the Academy Staff thought it was a great experience. Many players and staff commented on just how impressive it was to see the athletes control their power chair and create scoring chances and goals.
A special thank you to Kelly and Joe at DASA for giving us the opportunity to get involved with this event.