Tonight I had a wonderful opportunity to play Power Chair Soccer. It was the first time I had done this in a power chair. It reminded me of being a kid playing wheelchair soccer, except back then we played in a non-motorized chair.
Unfortunately the battery in the chair was almost out of juice, so they let me play for fun as a goalie in my regular wheelchair.
At one point, while in my regular wheelchair I started heading for the ball that was coming toward the goal. Another guy was headed in my direction trying to get the ball too. We hit the ball simultaneously, and my back tires went up in the air. It was hilarious!
All in all, it was a fantastic evening and I look forward to more opportunities in the future.
Since I don’t have a picture of me playing, I decided to use a picture of my dog.
As a kid, I got to play wheelchair sports such as basketball, and soccer. While there was some modification, the basics were the same as anybody else who played. Track and Field were also a part of my childhood. It seems like yesterday I was on the starting line of the 60 meter dash. I was a fantastic sprinter, so the 60 meter dash was a perfect fit to win 1st place. My favorite field event was the club and javelin. I competed in the shot put, and actually landed on the front page of the local newspaper holding a shot put in my hand.
I suppose the point to sharing this is that my family made sure that I was active. I stayed plenty active in sports. Unfortunately, as an adult I went years without being active. It wasn’t until I started attending church, and getting to make friends that I started getting to be a social person. However, when I got my dog last year, that’s when my activity level went to an all time high. With my dog, Chancey, I was able to break all kinds of boundaries I had built around me because I was so anxious.
Without the help of Chancey, I’d probably still be in my comfort zone, watching television all day waiting for someone to initiate some type of activity that I could be part of. Since I have gotten a dog, I feel so much healthier. Dogs are a great motivator!