November 7, 2007 > Team USA wins first Power Soccer World Cup
Team USA wins first Power Soccer World Cup
By Biff Jones
Photos By Robin Chinn
A young United States Power Soccer Team won the first Federation Internationale de Powerchair Football Association (FIPFA) World Cup Trophy and Tournament played last month in Tokyo, Japan. Powerchair Football, or Power Soccer, as it is known in the U.S., is played on a basketball sized hard court by two teams of four players each, including the goal keeper, and four substitutes using battery powered, motorized wheelchairs.
A team can also have up to four alternates who can be added if one of the regular players is unable to continue playing. Players have disabilities such as arthrogryposis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury and others.
The athletes on Team USA range in age from sixteen to thirty, with some high school students and others college graduates. Northern California members of Team USA are Jerry Book, San Jose, Jessica Lehman, Emeryville, and Jairo and Omar Solorio, Hollister. Other team members include Michael Archer, Greenwood, IN, Danny Gorman, Safety Harbor, FL, Ed McGuire (alternate), Mesa, AZ, Elio Navarro, Tampa, FL, JC Russo and Natalie Russo (alternate), Carmel, IN and Dakotah Smith (alternate), Kennesaw, GA. Coaching staff and support group include Chris Finn, Head Coach, San Leandro, Dominic Russo, Assistant Coach, Carmel, IN, Jessi Navarro, Team Manager, Tampa, FL, Robert Book, Equipment Manager, San Jose, and Jonathan Newman, Technical Adviser, Berkeley.
Jessica Lehman also works in Hayward for Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) and does a lot of her work in the Tri-City Area. The company has a satellite office in Fremont and Coach Finn is President of the Board of Directors of CRIL.
Congratulations on a job well done in representing your country.