The athletes wait on the court. With their power chairs charged and their fingers on the joysticks, they are poised and ready to take their shot.
A teammate positions himself next to the oversized soccer ball just so. Then he spins full speed, 360 degrees, and strikes the ball with a “thump” that sends it far down the court. Another teammate surges past a defender and hits the ball with her front chair guard, shooting it through the goal posts, just inches beyond the reach of the goalie’s chair.
This is power soccer. And it’s much more than just another game.
A Passion for the Sport
In the 11 years or so that Tony Jackson, 43, has been involved with power soccer, he’s been a player, a coach and an internet broadcaster.