Quad Rugby 2012

Photo courtesy of: Physical Therapy

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Get ready for some fourplay in October!


Only one sport calls for two teams, high-tech wheelchairs, and a volleyball: quad rugby, and the game is coming to the OHIO Ping Center the first weekend in October.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, the Ninth Annual Fourplay! Quad Rugby Tournament will welcome the Columbus, Ohio, Buckeye Blitz team, made up of athletes with quadriplegia, who will take on local teams who are “temporarily abled”—that is, not currently experiencing disability—in this fundraising event sponsored by the College of Health Sciences and Professions and the Division of Physical Therapy.

Local teams each pay $100 to play against the Buckeye Blitz, with proceeds going toward equipment, tournament fees and travel costs for the semi-professional team. The event also raises awareness about spinal cord injuries and the existence of adaptive sports.

Originally called “murderball” because of its grueling pace and intense physicality, Quad Rugby or Wheelchair Rugby was developed in Canada and migrated to the U.S. in the 1980s. In 2008, a group of OHIO physical therapy students, after working with a Buckeye Blitz team member, established the yearly fundraiser in Athens, inviting local students, faculty, and community members to compete.

“We are intensely proud of this event because it was the first student-organized quad rugby fundraising event in Ohio,” said CHSP Dean Randy Leite. “In the past eight years, we have raised more than $36,000 to help support the Buckeye Blitz team. But best of all, spectators get to see one of most exciting and competitive sports out there, so we encourage everyone to attend and cheer on the players.”

Admission is free, and a raffle will be held offering gift certificates to WellWorks, Blue Eagle Music, the Athena Grand and other local businesses. More information about the event is available from Brooke Vaughan (vanghanb@ohio.edu).