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June 1st, 2014

Age: 22
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Team: Ball State Cardinals
Years Playing: 2 years

How did you hear about power soccer?
I heard about it through the MDA camp and when I got to Ball State my freshman year.

What have you learned since playing power soccer?
I have learned how to be a better teammate, a better person, and a better voice for my team.

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?
I enjoy when a play turns into a goal. Just the commitment from everybody to make sure the play runs smoothly, so that in the end, we put a point on the board, and I really love to play defense and love to frustrate the offense.

What would you like to achieve as an athlete?
I would like to achieve a championship, as everyone does. However, I would also like to achieve the praise by my teammates and by the opponent. I also want to let people see that I am trying my 100% best.

What would you say to other people that might be interested in trying power soccer?
I would say that this is a great way to feel normal and to find a passion. Power soccer is a big passion of mine. It is also a great way to build...

February 23rd, 2014

Name: Andrew Gaiefski
Team: Tampa Thunder
Years Playing Power Soccer: 5
Joined USPSA: 2009

What got you interested in power soccer?
I had back surgery for my scoliosis and my surgeon asked me if I have ever heard of power soccer. They told me all about it and I thought it was amazing and it would let me do something fun. The first time I tried power soccer I knew that I wanted play right away.  I have been with the Tampa Thunder for five years now and plan to play power soccer for a long time.

What has power soccer done for you?
Power soccer has let me do things I never thought I could do before. I've traveled to many different places and met new people. I used to be really shy and had stage fright but ever since I have started playing power soccer I have broken my barrier of being shy.

What is your favorite thing about playing power soccer?
My favorite thing about playing power soccer is that it gives me something to do instead of playing video games all day. It's really intense and competitive and at all the big tournaments I always meet new people.

What do you do in your free time besides soccer?...

February 9th, 2014

What is your official position within the USPSA?

My official title is Midwest Regional Referee Coordinator. That puts me in charge of recruitment, training and retention of referees in the Midwest. So at this point, I ref, I teach and I assess. The regional coordinator position is relatively new, so we are still sorting out exactly what and how are jobs are to be performed. I also serve as Supervisor of Referees for the Mid America Power Soccer League.

How long have you been refereeing power soccer mayhem? How did you first get introduced to the sport?

I took my referee class in April of 2009. Chris Mulholland came to Indiana and taught the class.

A friend and fellow referee, Dave Macy, got a notification of the class from another fellow referee Tony Asoera. We had discussed it and said we were not gonna go. On Thursday, I called Dave and we were talking and neither of us had anything going on Saturday. We decided what the heck, let’s go down and see what this power soccer thing is all about. We did and we both fell in love with it.

You also referee other forms of soccer, correct? How would you compare refereeing power soccer?

Yes, I’ve been a USSF referee since 1996...

February 1st, 2014

Name: Ian Kinmont
Team: BORP Crushers
Years Playing Power Soccer: 8 years 
Joined USPSA: 2006

How did you hear about power soccer?

I head about power soccer from one of my father’s art students. I was 14 years old at the time, and I didn’t want to try it, but my parents made me. I didn’t think of myself as a sports person.  Then I started playing, and I started to like it, and I’ve been playing ever since.

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?

I enjoy representing my team and making people proud.  I think our team has really improved over time because we work hard and practice together, and it’s great to be able to use new plays we’ve practiced during soccer games.  I also like to travel to other states for tournaments and meet new players. 

What do you do for a living?

I am a student at the Santa Rosa Junior College where I am studying Art History. While there I started a Power Soccer Club and it gives me a chance to recruit new players and get them interested in the sport.

What is your favorite power soccer accomplishment?

My...

January 26th, 2014

Age: 75
Hometown: Greenfield, Indiana
Team: Henry County Hot Shots
Years played: 1st year

How did you hear about power soccer?
My grandson, Zach Arland, introduced me to the game. While I was attending one of his matches, he jokingly told me I should play. Shortly after, Coach Denny Crum fixed up a power soccer chair for me to play.

What have you learned since playing power soccer?
I have learned that being able to control your power soccer chair is a lot harder than it looks and the importance of knowing where everyone is on the court.

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?
I enjoy the camaraderie of all involved with power soccer, how everyone is treated the same, how inexpensive it is to participate, and fundraising for my team.

What would you say to other people your age that might be interested in trying power soccer?
Try it! No matter your age, it is always important to have new experiences and learn about new things, instead of sitting at home doing nothing.

Would you like to see more people your age participate in power soccer?
Yes, it would be beneficial for them....

January 19th, 2014

Name: Doron DeBurr
Team: Shepherd Strikers
Years Playing Power Soccer: 10

What got you interested in power soccer?
Well Power Soccer is not the first sport I played. I started playing Wheelchair Hockey in The Netherlands in 1997 when was I 10 years old until 2002 when I was 14 years old.  At the time I attended a school geared towards children with disabilities and the school had a wheelchair hockey team. After we moved, I missed playing hockey until I found out about Power Soccer in the summer of 2004 when I went to the MDA Camp in Georgia, where Jerry Frick was having a Power Soccer Clinic. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with the sport. Shortly after that I started playing Power Soccer for the Shepherd Strikers, who at the time were the only team in Georgia. In 2005, I went to my first Power Soccer Tournament held in Fishers, Indiana and have played ever since.

What has power soccer done for you?
It has given me a chance to play a sport. Growing up, there were so many things I could not do because of losing strength in my muscles day by day. So I would tell my brother, who is able bodied, what to do and how to do it. I basically was trying to live my life through him. After a...

January 8th, 2014

Team: SoCal Vaqueros
Years Playing Power Soccer: 5
Joined USPSA: September 2009

How did you hear about power soccer?
I came across an article about power soccer in the MDA Quest magazine, and then I contacted the local team. I went out to practice, and I have been playing ever since. 

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?
I enjoy being part of a team and working together to reach a common goal of winning a championship.

What do you do for a living?
I’m a freshman in college majoring in journalism.

What is your favorite power soccer accomplishment?
My favorite accomplishment was when I scored a goal in my first Premier Cup game against the Circle City Rollers, the eventual 2013 champions.

December 13th, 2013

Age: 62
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Team: RHI Inferno
Years Playing: 5

How did you hear about power soccer?

My good friends, Julie Harrell and Robbin Abney, introduced me to power soccer, and I instantly fell in love with the sport and knew I had to join.

What have you learned since playing power soccer?

I have learned the importance of sportsmanship.

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?

I enjoy being active, the competition of the sport, the friendship of all players, coaches, and referees, and meeting other people with disabilities.

What would you say to other people your age that might be interested in trying power soccer?

I would tell them to try it. You will have a great time, you get to travel, you get a chance to meet people, and it is not that expensive.

Would you like to see more people your age participate in power soccer?

Yes, I think having more people my age participating in power soccer gives variety to the sport.

What do you like to do when you are not on the court?

I talk at...

November 28th, 2013

Athlete: William Johnson

Age: 13

Team: Sudbury Sharp Shooters

Hometown: Medfield, Mass

How long have you been playing power soccer?

I am in the middle of my third season of power soccer (started Fall of 2012, spring 2013, current season).

How did you first hear about it?

A demonstration was brought to my MDA summer camp, and I volunteered to give it a try.

What do you enjoy most about power soccer?

The feeling of playing a competitive sport without having the game changed or modified for my participation.

What do you like to do when you're not on the court?

Video games, hanging with friends, going to school.

What would you say to other kids your age that might be interested in trying power soccer?

Absolutely try it.  It is a great sport, very competitive, fast-paced and exciting.  Being a part of a team is awesome.

William's mom Heidi had this to say about William's involvement in power soccer:

"Like his siblings, William was born with a very competitive drive and interest in sports but...

November 21st, 2013

What does power soccer mean to you? 
Power Soccer is a sport that I look forward to because it doesn’t require any physical strength, but mental strength. You need to know when to hit the ball or be in the right position to score a goal. That’s that the type of thing I like to do. Power Soccer is another way for me to meet new people, travel, and have a great time.   

Besides power soccer, what is your favorite sport to watch/play?
I love watching basketball; my favorite team is the Chicago Bulls. My all-time favorite player is Michael Jordan.

What do you do with your time when you're not playing power soccer?
Well most of my life is taken up by school so that keeps me busy; on my free time though I love playing video games, hanging out with friends and family, and watching TV.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who might not be sure about playing power soccer?
I would tell them to try it out and if they don’t like it, they should keep on trying other activities till they find something that they enjoy. As long as they try something.

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