Adapting Wheelchairs

Disabled kids learn a new way of playing soccer

By now most people are well aware of the athletic feats people in wheelchairs and power chairs can accomplish. From the Paralympics Games to recreation leagues that include basketball, track and field events and alpine skiing, the disabled have found many ways to overcome their impairments and compete both competitively and recreationally. But in Salt Lake City a new trend is taking place with the advent of a soccer team that uses specially modified power wheelchairs to kick, dribble, pass and shoot soccer balls. The teams are made up of disabled kids between the ages of 7 and 18 and practice and scrimmage every Wednesday at the Sorenson Multicultural Center.

At HDS MEDALLION® we find this news very interesting since a major part of our business is finding new ways to adapt our walker and wheelchair bags to new medical mobility devices and the idea of modifying power chairs is something that bodes well for the future of our upcoming bags. The soccer league in Salt Lake City uses refurbished power chairs provided by Ability Found. The chairs feature a custom plastic basket attached to the front of the chair that allows the kids to control the soccer ball, make passes and shoot on goal. As the boundaries of power chairs are pushed further by children and adults, the need for new accessories will certainly follow and this could open a wide range of opportunities for new carryall bags.

Although our business still focuses on designer carryall bags for senior women, our relationships with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and our recent trip to the Abilities Expo in New Jersey expanded our vision about how our bags could be used by other people with disabilities including younger women, professional women, kids and men. Seeing physically disabled kids adapt to enjoy the great game of soccer with modified power chairs is just another example of how the only limits in life are those you impose on yourself. At HDS MEDALLION® we give a big thumbs up to the boys and girls in Salt Lake City who refuse to let their impairments take them out of the game. Well done!

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