LOUISVILLE, KY: Jewish Hospital Frazier Rehab Institute is pleased to present, as host and organizer for the second year in a row, the United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) 2005 National Tournament. After successfully hosting two smaller Quad Rugby tournaments in 2003 and the national tournament in 2004, Frazier Rehab’s organizational efforts were acknowledged by the USQRA Executive Board, giving Frazier the opportunity to host the national tournament in Louisville, KY.
The national tournaments are a two-tier tournament, with the top two teams from each of the four sections of the United States competing in Division I, and the third and fourth place finishers competing in Division II. Teams from around the United States who have been confirmed to play in the National Tournament at this time include:
Actor Christopher Reeve touched the lives of at least two people in the Indy Racing League and left them saddened by his death.
Reeve, best known for his movie roles as Superman, spent the last nine years battling paralysis after being injured in a horseback riding accident. He died Monday at 52.
Sam Schmidt, owner of a team in the IRL's Infiniti Pro Series, and Cody Unser, daughter of racing great Al Unser Jr., credit Reeve with helping them deal with their own paralysis.
"Reeve was injured approximately four years before me," said Schmidt, paralyzed in a racing crash in January 2000. "If he hadn't been injured, I would most likely be on a ventilator right now, or there's a decent probability I'd be dead.
Karin Korb’s motto is: “Live to train; train to live” and her list of accomplishments proves it. In addition to ranking #1 in Women’s Open in the United States, Karin ranks No. 9th in the world, but her training achievements don’t stop at wheelchair tennis. Karin, who was injured in a gymnastics vaulting accident, also has a passion for bodybuilding.
In fact, she was the champion of the first-ever women’s wheelchair bodybuilding competition held by the National Physique Committee. She was 27 years of age before ever picking up a tennis racket! She has competed on 7 USA World Teams, which boasts the top 4 women in the country!
The Kentucky Wheelchair Athletics Association (KWAA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization supporting sports and recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Kentucky Wheelchair Athletics Association offers an array of competitive and non-competitive athletic and recreational activities to meet the diverse interests and activities of its members.
The KWAA is supported by fundraising activities and community involvement. It has the support and endorsement of the leading rehabilitation and health care organizations in the state.
The mission of the KWAA is to promote individual and team participation of people with disabilities in a wide variety of athletic and recreational activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, wheelchair basketball, fencing, rowing, tennis, rugby, track and field and racing. KWAA seeks to promote awareness, education, resources and athletics for individuals with physical disabilities throughout the state of Kentucky.