Quad Rugby team invades Lynchburg College
By Cynthia T. Pegram
cpegram@newsadvance.com
Thursday, September 20, 2007


Quad Rugby athletes can do a wheelie and race non-stop the length of a basketball court in a wheelchair powered only by their arms and their will to win.
On Wednesday, six men from the Capitol Punishers of Washington, D.C., gave Lynchburg College students a sense of the wheelchair sport and some insights about moving on with life even when all roads seem to lead to a cul-de-sac.
Quad comes from “quadriplegic,” which means players have no use of their legs, plus some impairment of their arms or hands.
“Murderball,” a 2005 quad rugby documentary, opened the program, followed by a Capitol Punishers demonstration in LC’s Turner Gymnasium. LC students got to play using the specialized wheelchairs.
“It’s about helping people understand that it’s about the person, not the wheelchair,” said Shawn Arnold, LC support services coordinator who planned the doubleheader for students.
Make no assumptions about someone with a disability.
“The person in a wheelchair may be a more physically active in an intense sport than you are,” Arnold said. “MurderBall” is a 90-minute award-winning film about a U.S. national team in international competition.
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