Wheelchair Sports Federation
Written by John Hamre   
Friends of Adaptive Sports,

We are excited to enter our 10th Year and couldn't have reached this milestone without you.

As we continue to grow, we still need your help to promote Adaptive Sports in the United States and around the world.

Here's how you can help:

LIKE our NEW Facebook Page HERE

FOLLOW us on Twitter HERE

LIKE us on Instagram HERE

When you post on any of the above please make sure to use #PushHard and #WheelchairSportsFederation and when you mention us on Twitter, please tag us with @WSFederation.

We need your help to continue to highlight the incredible work you do in the Adaptive Sports Community.

Push Hard,

John Hamre
Wheelchair Sports Federation

P.S. - To honor our 10th Year please consider making a gift by clicking HERE.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:00
University of Alabama Adapted Athletics Opens Stran-Hardin Arena Print E-mail
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The University of Alabama celebrated the completion of Stran-Hardin Arena, a multi-use facility for UA’s Adapted Athletics program. Pictured, from left: Maude Jacques, women’s wheelchair tennis player; Dr. Peter Hlebowitsh, dean, UA College of Education; C. Ray Hayes, chancellor, UA System; Dr. Margaret Stran, associate director, UA Adapted Athletics; Dr. Brent Hardin, director, UA Adapted Athletics; Stuart R. Bell, UA president; Mike and Kathy Mouron, UA alumni and donors; Jasper Cornett, vice president, KPS Group; Tim Harrison, Harrison Construction; and James Cook, men’s wheelchair basketball player.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s vanguard for adapted sport was unveiled Wednesday, Jan. 10.

UA Adapted Athletics players and coaches, university administrators and supporters of the program celebrated the completion of Stran-Hardin Arena, a $10 million multi-purpose facility for UA’s Adapted Athletics program.

The two-story facility, named for Drs. Brent Hardin and Margaret Stran, founders of the program, includes a NCAA regulation game venue for wheelchair basketball, locker rooms, athletic training room, strength and conditioning room, team meeting rooms and study halls. Stran-Hardin Arena is along the south façade of the UA Rec Center, east of the main entrance.

Stran-Hardin Arena will open to the public during a wheelchair basketball alumni tournament Saturday, Jan. 20.

“The facility is a testament to the many people who have a commitment to students with disabilities,” said Hardin, director of UA Adapted Athletics. “It’s also a reflection of all our students who’ve been pioneers and have paved the way for other students with disabilities.

“Stran-Hardin Arena will give University of Alabama supporters a great place to watch us compete, but it also changes expectations of who we are and what we can do, and pushes us further in that direction.”

UA Adapted Athletics began in 2003 with women’s wheelchair basketball. The program has since grown to include 30 student-athletes in women’s basketball, men’s basketball, wheelchair tennis, para-rowing and adapted golf. UA is home to six national championships in men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017). Wheelchair tennis has won three national championships (2013, 2015 and 2017).

Additionally, more than 100 students participate in the program’s noncompetitive sports options.

Caitlin McDermott, a UA alumna who won a national championship with UA’s women’s wheelchair basketball team in 2015, said Stran-Hardin Arena addresses all of the needs of UA’ adapted athletes.

“We now have our own space, where we can be comfortable and focus on our training,” McDermott said. “The biggest addition is the weight room and having our own adapted equipment so we don’t have to worry about figuring out what machines we can and can’t use and trying to adapt equipment geared toward able bodied athletes.”

In September, Mike and Kathy Mouron, UA alumni and Mountain Brook residents, launched the project’s fundraising campaign with two gifts totaling $4 million. The Mourons announced the arena would be named for Hardin and Stran, who’ve led the program since its inception and have coached multiple national championship teams at UA.

Dr. Peter Hlebowitsh, dean of the UA College of Education, said Stran-Hardin Arena is both a commitment to the education and livelihood of UA’s adapted athletes.

“The arena, which has no peer in the nation, also speaks to the good efforts of the alumni and friends of the University, who saw this as a critical achievement for the University and who put disability concerns at the forefront of their support,” Hlebowitsh said. “It is an achievement born of a dream that two professors in the College of Education dared to pursue with unrelenting energy. The University community will find itself enriched for many years by the many good things that will be supported inside the Stan-Hardin Arena.”


10th Annual Wheelchair Football Championship Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


At the 10th Annual Wheelchair Football Game between the NY Jets and NY Giants at Victory Field in Middle Village NY, the NY Giants were victorious by a score of 18 to 6 on Saturday October 21, 2017.  Thanks to all our sponsors and volunteers including the Wheelchair Sports Federation, New York Giants, New York Jets, All American Deli and the NYC Parks Department for making this event possible.



Last Updated on Thursday, 22 November 2018 17:25
23rd Annual Al Youakim Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


The 23rd Annual Al Youakim Wheelchair Basketball Tournament had 6 teams participating on Saturday October 28, 2017 and Sunday October 29, 2017 at the Hackensack (NJ) Middle School. They placed: 

1st Place - Nassau Kings

2nd Place - Bulova Nets

3rd Place – Brooklyn Nets

4th Place – New England Blazers

5th Place - Jr Nets

6th Place - Lady Liberty



Individual Awards went to the following:

Guard Division 2 Al Youakim All-Star –Emily Seelenfreund – Bulova Nets

Foward Division 2 Al Youakim All-Star – Bobby Kranz – Nassau Kings

Power Forward Division 2 Al Youakim All-Star – William Borrero – Brockton Celtics

Guard Division 3 Al Youakim All-Star – Carlos Ruiz – Brooklyn Nets

Forward Division 3 Al Youakim All-Star - Dan Keohane - New England Blazers

Power Forward Division 3 Al Youakim All-Star – Felix Castillo – Brooklyn Nets

Mike Lione MVP Award - Christopher St. Remy - Nassau Kings

Freddy Jones Sportsmanship Award – Caitlin Chasar – Lady Liberty

Al Youakim Spirit Award – Chris Youakim

 Denton Johnson Trailblazer Award - John Pugioti


Congratulations on another great Tournament and the Wheelchair Sports Federation would like to thank our wonderful volunteers, Bill Youakim and Chris Youakim.  We'll see you next November 2018 for the 24th Annual.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 December 2017 04:22
17th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament (NY) Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


The 17th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament took place at Victory Field in Queens NY on Saturday September 23rd 2017.  3 Wheelchair Softball Teams sponsored by Major League Baseball franchises competed.  The New England Rolling Red Sox, New York Mets and New York Yankees fought for the coveted "Kelly Cup", named after Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association and United Spinal Association’s' former Executive Director, Jerry Kelly.


After playing 5 games, the New York Yankees beat the New England Rolling Red Sox to win the 17th Annual Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament.


On behalf of the players, coaches and Wheelchair Sports Federation, we'd like to thank the NYC Parks Department, All-American Deli, Bussani Mobility, NY Mets, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Major League Baseball, especially Tom Brasuell and Curtis Pride for their continued support.  Without their help, we could not have a premiere Wheelchair Softball Tournament in the Northeast and one of the better events for Adaptive Sports in the United States

2017 Final Results:

1st Place – New York Yankees

2nd Place – New England Rolling Red Sox

3rd Place - New York Mets


We look forward to being back at Citi Field in September 2018.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 01:49
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