The United States Power Soccer Association is a 100% volunteer organization dedicated to providing those with a severe disability that places them in a power wheelchair the opportunity to participate and compete in a team sport. The mission is to grow teams throughout the United States and the region by organizing clinics and and competitions throughout the US. Participants are ages 5 to 70 and is played by both boys and girls, men and women. The sport is not segregated by gender because the control of the joystick is the great equalizer. But the participation in the sport goes far beyond the pitch.
Players find for perhaps the first time, they are no longer on the sideline but are independently making decisions with their teammates to support a common goal and that changes everything.
The benefits exceed the sport itself and its participants by creating new hope of independence to the player and those who surround them. Family members and the player learn they are not alone dealing with the day to day challenges and become part of a community that deal with the same challenges each day. Together this community helps the individual and their family find new ways of overcoming those challenges.
Many players have completed high school, gone on the college, driving, and are gainfully employed living independently and experiencing their form of the American Dream.
These players learn life skills through sport. Self confidence, determination, accountability, personal responsibility, and a can do approach to life; all are qualities any employer would want as part of their workforce.
Yes power soccer changes lives.
The game is played in 27 countries. There are 60 teams in the US that compete regularly and many more who participate on a recreational basis. There are an estimated 400,000 people in the US that use a power wheelchair for their daily mobility. Currently we have just over 400.
The USPSA serves those with muscular dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, SCI, quadriplegia, and many other injuries and diseases that place someone in a power wheelchair.
All of our players are as cognitive as the average able bodied person and all the aspirations everyone has. Power soccer provides these individual an opportunity for discovery. To discover what their true potential is and not what society has imposed.
Power soccer seeks to break through the barriers imposed by society and deliver the independence to each individuals hands to discover their true potential.
Yes power soccer is not just a sport.