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November 20, 2013 07:18 PM

Vote for Lexi Heer: US Soccer Best Disabled Athlete of the Year

In early summer of 2013 the Federation of Power chair Football Association announced the first ever under 18 event for national teams. The competition was scheduled for Paris, France, in October.  The US worked quickly to form a team of up and coming young stars in the sport. The USPSA agreed to select 6 players from the 130 athletes who are current members.

The difficulty with the team selection was the short term nature of the event and the overall lack of funding so, the team selection had to be based on the family’s’ ability to fund travel, registration, and a training camp prior to the event. Fortunately, in August, MK Battery stepped in to help with much needed funding and this funding was able to cover the cost of registration for all the players and coaching staff. Dominic Russo of the USPSA when asked about the funding said, “We are so thankful to MK for stepping in to help get this team to Paris. It was a godsend”.

So with some significant funding now in place, the team set their target on maintaining the winning tradition of their older counterparts who have won back-to-back World Cups in 2007 and 2011.
The team trained for 3 days in St Louis in September bringing together for the first time the six players who would represent the US. It was an intense, spirited, and fun experience for the 6 players and they came together as a team under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Chris Finn and Assistant Coach Bill Cain. It was clear the team had come together and would be a strong force for the European teams to deal with.
The team was scheduled to compete against Ireland, Finland, and France. Both France and Ireland would field 2 teams bringing the slate of teams to 6 in a round robin format.