Two friends were trying to find a team venue where they can play wheelchair sports. Unfortunately, they were not able to find one. But that’s when things got interesting.
Ryan Baker and his friend Bill Lundstorm did not give in to dismay when they could not find a venue for wheelchair sports. Instead, they adapted wheelchair lacrosse for themselves.
Both of them had never tried playing lacrosse before they became wheelchair users. Tennis was their sport when they played in the past. And it was when they came up with the idea of using a lacrosse stick, instead of a tennis racket.
Ryan and Bill quickly began to work and introduced the sport to others. And that’s when Wheelchair Lacrosse USA was founded. To them, it was a great timing since lacrosse has been considered as the fastest growing sport in North America for several years already.
People’s interest of the sport helped Ryan and Bill’s wheelchair lacrosse take off. The San Diego natives’ adaptive variant flourished speedily as the duo put so much effort in traveling to other countries in order to introduce and even teach the sport to others.
With the introduction of wheelchair lacrosse, large organizations began to give their support. And that includes the North Central Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Today, wheelchair lacrosse has already 18 programs around the United States. The sport is played in its very own venue at the Scheels Iceplex. Twenty area athletes spend their entire Saturdays learning and practicing the sport before they break out in scrimmages on Sundays.
The participants of the game include North Central chapter members. Athletes who use wheelchairs and those who don't, ranging in ability level and age, also enjoy and participate in the sport.
Everyone started at ground zero during the Saturday’s clinic. But that did not hinder them from playing greatly during the Sunday scrimmages. Ryan and Bill, the biggest ambassadors of the sports, continued to give their best in running the show.
Wheelchair lacrosse has already been turning heads for six years now. Their founders, as well as the participants and members, continue to work hand in hand to make the sport grow even more and become popular worldwide.