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For $100 per team, groups of four to six have signed up for 30 minutes of court time against the Blitz.

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Quadriplegic rugby tournament and fund-raiser is set for Saturday

Event matches local teams against Columbus Buckeye Blitz wheelchair rugby players


Ohio University physical therapy students will host the fifth annual Four-Play! Quad Rugby Tournament on Saturday, March 3, at Ping Center. The annual pay-to-play benefit gives participants a new view on diversity while raising money to buy equipment for athletes with quadriplegia.

The Four-Play! tournament pits teams of community members and Ohio University students, staff and faculty against the quick-wheeling skills of the Columbus Buckeye Blitz, Ohio’s only semi-professional quadriplegic wheelchair rugby team. For $100 per team, groups of four to six have signed up for 30 minutes of court time against the Blitz.

Quadriplegic rugby is a fast-paced sport that gained notoriety as a result of the 2005 Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball.” Last year’s tournament raised $3,200 raised toward the purchase of a reinforced wheelchair for Blitz team members. The sturdy chairs must be custom built for the rigors of the sport.

The tournament will take place Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ping Center.

For more information about the event, go online to www.ohio.edu/orgs/quadrugby