WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder played hockey on Wednesday, March 13th but many of them had never played hockey like this before. The Thunder and the Wichita Plunder played floor hockey in a seated fashion. The game was to benefit Wheelchair Sports, Inc.
Wheelchair Sports, Inc. is a non-profit (501c-3) corporation, dedicated to the promotion of adaptive sports and recreation in south-central Kansas. Their goals include being able to provide, promote, encourage and engage in sports, physical fitness, and recreational activities designed for individuals with physical disabilities while providing an atmosphere of support and learning for individuals interested in expanding their current levels of activity and increasing awareness and interest in adaptive sports. They also promote the social health and well-being of individuals with physical disabilities.
This is the 15th year the Wichita Thunder has partnered with Wheelchair Sports, Inc, and the 14th year of the annual Thunder versus Plunder Wheelchair hockey game (there was not a game in 2011 due to a regular thunder game being rescheduled on top of the wheelchair game). The partnership that Wheelchair Sports, Inc. has with the Thunder is a tremendous one, and with it, Wheelchair Sports Inc. has benefited greatly. The partnership has helped them raise a great deal of money to support their organization. In addition, the partnership has helped create awareness about disabled sports.
Wheelchair Sports Inc., has multiple events throughout the year, including tennis tournaments, hand cycle races, snow skiing, and a variety of other recreational activities, all of these being geared toward disabled individuals of all ages.
The Wichita Thunder picked up their first win in 15 years against the playing in a fun, hard fought victory that went into a sudden death round of the shootout with Matt Robinson netting the game winner.
Robinson commented that his game winner was, “a big one to end the drought” and that in the four years that he has played it was, “fun times for a great cause.”
“It was lots of fun, and we will beat them next year. It will be another 15-years until they win again,” said President of Wheelchair Sports, Inc. Grady Landrum.
He added that he was grateful for the players coming out and spending time with them and playing in the adaptive sports.
To learn more about Wheelchair Sports, Inc, and to get involved, check out their website at: wcsports.org.
Contact the writer/photographer: Ed.Bailey@prohockeynews.com