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Wheelchair Power Soccer Team 'Spin Kicks' into the Fall Season with New $40,000 ‘Strike Force’ Chairs

By Rae van Seenus on Nov 29, 2018 at 03:05 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

The Rollin’ Rebels has players with varying disabilities, both male and female, ranging in age from 14-55, and coached by Dan Weiner.  Weiner has 22 years of experience coaching Special Olympics and is the former Life Skills Coach for UCP WORK, Inc.  The Rollin’ Rebels team was founded in 2012 by Coach Weiner, Brian MacLaren, Team Captain, and other players who were previously on the Rollin’ Gauchos team, which disbanded a few years ago.

Starting this Saturday, October 20, 2018, Weiner and his team will practice every Saturday from 10:00am - 1:00pm in the gymnasium at Carpinteria Middle School. The public is encouraged to come watch and stay up-to-date on game schedules found on the Rollin’ Rebels Facebook page.  On the team are Genevieve Werner, Gustavo Ritterstein, Brian MacLaren, Ulices Arreola, Connor Biggerstaff, Mark Richard MacLaren, Gus Albertsen, Juan Rodiguez, and Brian Crews, his teammates call him “Cruise”.

Power soccer is a growing sport played in 20 different countries where athletes with disabilities use their power wheelchairs equipped with guards to hit an 13”-18” leather soccer ball around an indoor basketball court.  The game is played by two teams using special footguards attached to powered wheelchairs as “feet” to kick the large ball.  The object of the game is to maneuver the ball over the goal line of an opposing team while preventing them from doing the same. There are referees and yellow cards, similar to a typical soccer game. 

When asked why he chooses to coach a Power Soccer team, Weiner explained, “It’s because the game gets players that wouldn’t otherwise be in competitive sports to get out there and play, plus it gives players with disabilities complete independence.”  

The Rollin’ Rebels is sponsored through the program services of UCP WORK, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Wheelchair Power Soccer Team 'Spin Kicks' into the Fall Season with New $40,000 ‘Strike Force’ Chairs
Wheelchair Power Soccer Team 'Spin Kicks' into the Fall Season with New $40,000 ‘Strike Force’ Chairs


Wheelchair Power Soccer Team 'Spin Kicks' into the Fall Season with New $40,000 ‘Strike Force’ Chairs
Wheelchair Power Soccer Team 'Spin Kicks' into the Fall Season with New $40,000 ‘Strike Force’ Chairs
Wheelchair Power Soccer Team 'Spin Kicks' into the Fall Season with New $40,000 ‘Strike Force’ Chairs
Wheelchair Power Soccer Team 'Spin Kicks' into the Fall Season with New $40,000 ‘Strike Force’ Chairs