ATHENS POWER DAWGZ!

February 2nd, 2012 | By Marjie No Comments

It’s called “Power Soccer” for a reason, but not because the players are ‘powered’ by wheelchairs.  It is because they are powered by their own desire to play soccer, be active, have fun and compete.

The Athens PowerDawgz can be seen practicing at Tuckston United Methodist Church every Friday evening, and their competitions take them into Atlanta and, soon, throughout the entire Southeast.  Their version of soccer might incorporate some different equipment, but the essence of the game is the same.  Here are some of the differences you might see from a typical soccer game:  the players’ wheelchairs are made with a middle guard that they use to drive the ball up and down the court; they play on gym floors; there are only four players on each team at one time.

Amanda Alford is the organizer for the PowerDawgz.  She has cerebral palsy, and continues to play for the companionship of the team and to hang out with the other players.  Says Amanda, “We currently have eight members of the PowerDawgz.  Since each team has four players, we can practice with four on each side.  But we are looking for more teams to play, and we’re definitely looking for more help financially!”

The PowerDawgz, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, began fundraising recently to help meet their expenses which include equipment and  travel which requires care givers and accessible equipped transportation.  If you would like to contribute, please send your tax deductible to Mary Beth Christensen, PowerDawgz Treasurer, 143 Minish Drive, Commerce, GA 30529.  And to learn more about Power Soccer, visit www.powersoccerusa.net.

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