The USA Wheelchair Football League (USAWFL), a program of Move United, will host its second competition tournament as part of its inaugural season October 29-30 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City in partnership with Midwest Adaptive Sports.
More than 150 athletes, including more than 50 veterans with disabilities, will travel from 9 cities to compete in the tournament. The Kansas City Chiefs wheelchair football team will be defending its title on home turf after taking home the trophy in the first-ever USA Wheelchair Football League tournament last month in Phoenix.
Competition will kick off on Friday morning, September 29 at 9:00 AM with two fields running concurrently from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM on Friday and Saturday in Lot N at Arrowhead Stadium. A champion will be crowned Saturday night under the lights. Bobby Bell, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who helped Kansas City win Super Bowl IV, is slated to attend and serve as an honorary coach during the Championship Game.
“Midwest Adaptive Sports is excited to host these teams at Arrowhead Stadium and highlight the athleticism and excitement of wheelchair football,” said Kolton Kincaid, Midwest Adaptive Sports board member and wheelchair football program director.
The USAWFL is made possible thanks to generous support from the NFL-Bob Woodruff Foundation Salute to Service partnership “Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community” grant. In addition to supporting the USAWFL’s competitive teams, the grant provides opportunities for grassroots growth of the sport through coaching education and learn-to-play clinics.
Founded with four teams in Chicago, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and Phoenix, in 2019, the USAWFL’s growth in 2021 expanded programming to teams in Birmingham, Alabama, Buffalo, New York, Cleveland, Ohio, Tampa, Florida, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
More information about the league and opportunities to get involved can be found at usawfl.org.
About Move United
Move United is the national leader in community adaptive sports, empowering 100,000 youth and adults with disabilities each year to live to their fullest potential. Move United’s 200 member organizations in 43 states are united by a single mission: ensuring everyone, regardless of ability, experiences the life-changing power of sport and is fully included in their community.
Move United, an Affiliate of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to become physically and emotionally stronger through participation in more than 70 adaptive sports. Established in 1956, Move United offers community-based sports recreation, education and competition that push people further, bring people closer and leave no one on the sidelines. Join our MOVEment at www.moveunitedsport.org.
About the USA Wheelchair Football League
The USA Wheelchair Football League is the first of its kind football league for adults with disabilities to reach their highest potential through a competitive, fast-paced, team sport. The USA Wheelchair Football League brings together highly trained coaches with passionate athletes, focused on excelling on and off the field through teamwork, dedication, and resilience. Since 2020, more than 400 athletes and coaches have participated in USA Wheelchair Football League programs. The USA Wheelchair Football League is made possible in part by an NFL-BWF Salute to Service partnership to provide a 'Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community' grant. Get off the sidelines and get into the game at usawfl.org.