Many children and adults with disabilities have joined a unique soccer program at Morgan’s Wonderland called South Texas Regional Adaptive and Paralympic Soccer (STRAPS). The Boeing Company and San Antonio Scorpions pro soccer team sponsor the program.
The Morgan’s Wonderland’s website declares, “The mission of South Texas Regional Adaptive and Paralympic Soccer (STRAPS) is to organize, promote, administer and conduct wheelchair, power chair, Paralympic, Amputee and Special Olympic soccer programs for both adults and youth and to organize, host and conduct regional and national clinics and competitions for Adaptive and Paralympic Soccer.”
Kevin Devine, Boeing San Antonio site leader says, “Boeing San Antonio is honored to be a part of another innovative program at Morgan’s Wonderland. Knowing that our investment will give veterans and people of all ages with physical and cognitive challenges the opportunity to come together and thrive is inspiring. We look forward to hearing about the lives that will be touched and forever changed by this unique experience.”
The soccer program specifically features Paralympic Soccer, wheelchair soccer, power soccer, and Special Olympics soccer. According to sports director Wendy Gumbert, “Teams are still forming for those who would like to join.” An 8-year-old member of the soccer program offered, “It’s really cool because we get to learn how to do stuff on our own.”
Pennie Adams never thought her two girls Makayla and Mariah would ever be able to participate in sports. Adams is now able to call herself a “soccer mom”. Says Adams, “Oh my gosh, I’m going to be a soccer mom. I was already running up and down the court saying, pass the ball!” She adds, “Now Makayla and Mariah can go to school and say I’m playing soccer. They are very excited about it.”
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