SUN PRAIRIE, Wis (WMTV) - The Wisconsin Warriors Wheelchair Power Soccer Club, based out of Madison, hosted its first-ever home tournament in Sun Prairie on Saturday.
The “Spin Kick Classic” was hosted at Token Springs Elementary and featured disabled soccer players of all ages from throughout the Midwest, including Chicago, Minnesota and Eau Claire.
The Warriors head coach, Bill Schultz, said power soccer is a great opportunity for players with disabilities to play a competitive sport.
“I think the first thing that hits you when you walk in the gym is this is competitive and an incredibly serious sport. You know we play 9,10 months out of the year, we travel and do this competitively,” he said.
One of the players on the team, Tyler Engel, said he has played power soccer for about 15 years.
“Most people have never heard of power soccer, and I think the other thing is it’s a truly competitive sport. We practice just as hard as other athletes, we travel and put in just as much effort for this sport.”
The Warriors practice once a week throughout a 10-month season. Last year the Warriors finished 3rd in the national championship. Engel said he hopes they take home first this year.
“It’s fun. I’ve gotten to meet people from around the world, get to meet people from all over the U.S., learning, making friends and learning how they adapt and make life easier for themselves,” Engel said.