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Sale to support Hot Shots

The Henry County Hot Shots Power Soccer team members are, from left,Drew Wilson, Devon Lyons, Shelby Harris, Elizabeth Chaffee, Zachary Arland and Ryan Bradley. Team coaches Denny Crum, left, and Adam Bradley are pictured in the back row.

Henry County residents are invited to support the Hot Shots Power Soccer team at a large garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 in the Sulphur Springs Community Building.

Items for sale have been donated by the community. People can also buy baked goods and a plate lunch.

All proceeds with help support the Hot Shots team and their travel throughout the year.

The Hot Shots is a competitive team like others that play in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four players attack, defend and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in a skilled game similar to able-bodied soccer.

Athletes as young as 5 can participate and disabilities include quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and others. The season lasts from September through June, culminating in a final tournament.

The Henry County Hot Shots team competes in places as far as Boston, Massachusetts and Phoenix and as close as Muncie.

Power Soccer isn’t just a game, Hot Shots coach Denny Crum said. 

“Power soccer builds lifelong relationships while offering people with disabilities the opportunity to compete against some of the best teams in the world,” Crum said. “Henry County is fortunate to have one of those teams!”

Power chair football has been around since the 1970s. Teachers in France created a form of football and made it accessible for the abilities of students that use power chairs.

In 1982, Canada created a version of “Motor Soccer” that allowed students in wheelchairs to compete. In 1988, “Power Soccer” was brought to the United States by university students from Berkeley, California!

In 2006, the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA) was born. The foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Carmel, Indiana. Currently, there are over 250 teams that compete around the world.

For more info about the April 21 community sale or to get info about joining Hot Shots or the schedule of upcoming events, contact Crum at 765-623-1578.

– Courier-Times Staff Report