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VIDEO: USA Wheelchair Football League Returns for Season 3

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September 8th, 2023

Keenan Crow

The USA Wheelchair Football League (USAWFL) recently kicked off their 2023 season with the Chicago Metro Tournament held on Aug. 19-20. This year marks the third season of USA Wheelchair Football League tournament play. The USAWFL is a program of Move United that is made possible in part by NFL-BWF Salute to Service “Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community” funding, as well as support from teams around the country.

USAWFL | Chicago Metro Tournament

The league’s opening tournament event spanned two days, with eight teams competing in 17 total games. The teams who competed in the tournament included the Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, New England, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and the Las Vegas Wheelchair Football Team.

Check out some of our favorite moments from the weekend below, and be sure to follow us on Instagram @xenith:

A player throwing the football.
Close up of a Xenith helmet sitting on the foot rest of wheelchair.
A player falls and hits the ground during a game.
A group of players posing for a selfie.
Close up of a player smiling and a group of players gathering together.
A wheelchair football player runs into another during a play.
Close up from behind of a player looking to his right while wearing a Xenith helmet.
A wheelchair football quarterback throwing a pass down field.
Two wheelchair athletes grabbing a Xenith helmet from a lineup of helmets sitting on the ground.

Below is a recap video from the 2023 GLASA USA Wheelchair Football League Chicago Tournament:

(Salvi Media)

Next up, is the 2023 USAWFL Tampa Tournament hosted by Hillsborough County Adaptive Sports.

This will be the second tournament of the 2023 season. Eight teams will be competing, including the Arizona Cardinals, Birmingham Hammers, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, and the home team Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wheelchair Football Team.

Tournament competition will kick off on Saturday morning, September 9 at 8:00 AM with two fields running concurrently from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday and from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday in Hall C at the Tampa Convention Center. A champion will be crowned Sunday afternoon following the final matchup at 2:00 PM.

Click here to view the full USAWFL tournament schedule.

About Hillsborough County Adaptive Sports

As a signature program of Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation, the mission of HC Adaptive Sports program is to promote health, independence and personal growth through sports for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

HC Adaptive Sports provides year-round sports and recreation programs that promote physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and recreational and competitive sports opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities.

With more than 300 athletes participating each year, HC Adaptive Sports has something for everyone to compete in!

Learn more at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/recreation-and-culture/sports-and-athletics/hc-adaptive-sports

About Move United

Move United uses the power of sport to push what’s possible for people with disabilities, confronting ignorance, fueling conversation, and inciting action that leads us to a world where everyone’s included.

Sports make us more—more determined, more powerful, more ourselves. Sports have the power to change the world, pushing people further and bringing people closer. And sports shift the narrative from disabled to this abled.

To this end, Move United’s vision is that every person, regardless of ability, has an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their community. Our mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, including competition, recreation and educational programs.

Learn more at https://moveunitedsport.org/