LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – A wheelchair rugby tournament called “Slam on the Strip” is underway this weekend in Las Vegas.
The tournament is hosted by our local team, the Las Vegas High Rollers. This is the team’s second season.
The Seattle Slam, Reno High Fives, Portland Pounders, Boise Bombers and Northridge Knights are also in competition.
The athletes said the sport changed their lives beyond the pitch.
âThis sport has honestly defined a lot of my life since I got injured,â said Las Vegas High Rollers coach Austin Cogar.
Wheelchair rugby provides an opportunity for athletes.
âYou have a bunch of people who are like you; you have a support system that is not a therapist and a rehab,â said Bradley Boe, founder of the High Rollers Adaptive Sports Foundation. “It’s not just that you have a body that can show you how to live your life afterwards, you get it from a teammate, a peer.”
The team thanks Las Vegas City Councilor Cedric Crear for providing Dula Gym for the weekend tournament as it is often difficult to find a place to play.
The public can support the team by purchasing tickets or making a donation.
Anyone interested in playing can email Boe at [email protected]