Wheelchair Sports Federation
Sled Hockey Clinic For Kids in Central Park NY Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
On Saturday November 12, 2011 NYC Parks and Recreation hosted a Sled Hockey Clinic for children with physical disabilities. NYC Parks and the Wheelchair Sports Federation are actively seeking members to start the first ever Jr. Sled Hockey Team in the NYC area.
To find out more about sled hockey or other disabled programs visit the parks website at www.nyc.gov/parks or contact Victor Calise, Accessibility Coordinator|New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, 1234 Fifth Avenue, Rm. 201 | New York, NY 10029, O: 212.360.3310 | F: 212.360.3314 |
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 23:42
CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

RIC Cubs Take Home Championship at 10th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament


Written by Peter Quartuccio


FLUSHING, NYOn Saturday, September 17 at Citi Field in Flushing, New York, the RIC Cubs did something their Major League counterparts haven’t done in 103 years: win a championship.  The Cubs in fact finished the 10th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament undefeated, outclassing their competition on their way to the title.  Fueled in large part by exceptional fielding and aggressive yet prudent baserunning, the Cubs finished off their 2011 campaign with a 13-3 thrashing of the New York Mets in the Championship game.  They were in truth nothing less than a juggernaut, with four members being named to the All-Tournament team—catcher Larry Labiak, second baseman Hector Bruno, third baseman Curtis Moore, and outfielder Chris Lease— and their pitcher Alex Parra winning the Most Valuable Player Award.


            Their loss to the Cubs aside, the Mets played well during the two-day event, as they received typically strong performances from Mets’ veterans Eddie Lopez, Eddie Jorge, Joe Mendez, and Dave Deas, the latter two of whom were All-Tournament Team selections at shortstop and first base, respectively.  The Rollin’ Red Sox, who finished in third place, also had their moments, including a one-sided victory over the New York Yankees in their last game.  Pitcher Gary Clarke was an All-Tournament Team selection, as he proved himself to once again be among the best players on any diamond, anywhere.  The New York Yankees and Magee Phillies both had a rougher go of it, but neither showed any signs of dejection or evinced an ounce of quit.

            Thanks to all the volunteers, and a special thanks to Carter Farmer, photographer for the Wheelchair Sports Federation who received the Al Youakim Award, a distinction she richly deserved, in recognition of her tireless coverage and stalwart dedication to this and all adapted sports for the past three years.

            For more information about this and other adapted sports and events, please visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 September 2011 04:11
Wheelchair Sports Federation Takes Part in BGC Partners 7th Annual Charity Day Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   

Wall Street Fundraiser Commemorating 9/11

NEW YORK, NY, Sep 10, 2011 - As part of BGC's seventh annual Charity Day taking place on Monday, September 12, 2011, Wheelchair Sports Federation (WSF), along with numerous other charities, will receive donations from BGC Partners and recognition from a host of celebrities.

The celebrity guest list includes Danny Aiello and Richard Thomas, both are are devoted supporters of Wheelchair Sports Federation and Adaptive Sports throughout the United States. Paralympic Gold Medalist, Nick Springer, will also be in attendance.  

BGC Partners, Inc. was created by Cantor Fitzgerald in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks as Cantor Fitzgerald sought to re-build its business after losing 658 of its employees, which represented two thirds of its workforce in New York. To commemorate those who were lost, BGC Partners donates 100% of its revenues from Charity Day to selected charities around the world. Last year's event raised over $10 million in a single day for worthy causes.

Guests will conduct real trades with BGC's clients, which include major banks and investment banks, over the phone from the trading floor alongside a licensed broker. All of the revenue raised that day will be donated to charities. 

The event is taking place in the financial district of Manhattan at One Seaport Plaza, 199 Water Street, on the 19th Floor. Guests will begin arriving at 8am, with events running through to 4pm.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 September 2011 17:54
New York City - Track and Field Summer Clinics Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


From July 12th through August 16th the CityParks Foundation, with support from Paralympic Sport Club New York and The Wheelchair Sports Federation, hosted a track & field summer clinic series for children with physical disabilities. The clinics were held at Thomas Jefferson Park in Manhattan. The clinic series hosted 65 athletes from Camp Wanaqua for children with visual impairments and the Cross Island YMCA camp for children with multiple disabilities. The clinic series concluded on August 17th with a track meet at Icahn Stadium. The athletes competed alongside 1100 able-bodied children from all around the New York City area.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:16
11th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament Print E-mail
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Opens Singles and Doubles Titles are Welch’s Again

Written by Peter Quartuccio


FLUSHING, NY—For the second consecutive year, Stephen Welch of the United States stood triumphant and alone—save, of course, for his Doubles teammate Anthony Anderson—at the 11th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Tennis Tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on June 12, 2011.  The four day event saw the second seeded Welch face tremendous competition to retain his crown, including the blistering serve of Columbian Eliecer Oquendo in the Semifinals and the excellent forehand of England’s Alexander Jewitt in the Championship match.  In the end, despite an inconsistent serve and top competition, Welch’s remarkable court coverage and ability to respond when he needed a big point enabled him to best them all, securing the Men’s Open Division Singles title. 

            He found similar challenges, and success, in pursuit of his second straight Open Division Doubles Championship as well.  He and the aforementioned Anderson took on the team of Jewitt and his partner John Becker in the final, with the latter team enjoying an early advantage.  Leading 3 games to 1 in the opening set, Jewitt and Becker looked like they might be able to pull off the upset, when Welch and Anderson responded by winning 8 of the next 9 games, including a span where they rattled off 7 in a row.  Jewitt and Becker looked dazed in the second set following the tremendous comeback, and were beaten in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.


            Other Divisions saw some tremendous competition as well.  Hector Maldonado-Gonzalez knocked off top seed Scott Bonk, second seed William Eno (who played well despite suffering a torn rotator cuff in last year’s tournament), and four seed William Lehr en route to his A Division Singles Title.  A compelling story developed in the Men’s B Division Singles Quarterfinals, as the only woman competitor in the B Division Jocelyn Dettloff gave first seeded David Gant all that he could handle in the first set of their match.  In the end, Gant won the first set via tiebreak, and took the second and final set as well, but Dettloff’s opening set performance wowed those in attendance. American Ralffy Diaz took home the B Division Singles Championship, who like Maldonado-Gonzalez, beat the 1, 2, and 4 seeds on his way to the title.  In the C Division Singles, American Ricardo Corral had to conquer the top 2 seeds to take the title, and did so in straight sets, and Michael Sullivan of the U.S. made short work of his opponents in the D Division, winning the title in straight sets as well.

            The team of Scott Bonk and William Eno won the A Division Doubles title, besting the upstart pairing of Miguel Lozada and Hector Maldonado-Gonzalez in straight sets.  Ralffy Diaz and Jerry Russell took care of the 1 and 2 seeds in their run to the B Division Doubles Championship, and top seeded Chris Herman and Steven Riley had the distinction of being one of the very few 1 seeds to win their Division’s Championship, earning the C Doubles crown. In the D Division Doubles, the team of Nathan Melnyk and Michael Sullivan won the title in straight sets.

            For more information about this and other adapted sports and events, please visit www.WheelchairSportsFederation.org. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 02:15
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