This summer, Jacksonville, FL saw the return of the Summer Slam Quad Rugby, an event that has doubled in attendance since it started eight years ago. Organized by the Brooks Rehabilitation Center, athletes travel from all across the East Coast to participate in “quad rugby” or rugby where the players all use wheelchairs. The players take the game seriously, fighting aggressively for each win. Some of the athletes hope to join the US Olympic quad rugby team. For many of the athletes, quad rugby has helped them to see that using a wheelchair can be accompanied by joy and excitement. Following a car accident and spinal injury that resulted in him needing to use a wheelchair, Chris Hull turned to the game as a source of positive motivation. Looking back, Hull explains, “Once I found [quad rugby] it was really easy to turn my life into something fun and enjoyable.”
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