ALBANY, N.Y. - Many who play Power Soccer call it the best kept secret in the country. The secret is out in Albany, though, after the sport graced the hardwood at the Albany Academies Sunday afternoon.
So you may be asking, what is Power Soccer?
"It's like a cross between soccer and NASCAR," explained Scott Goyette, a wing for the Vermont Chargers, a team in the US Power Soccer Association.
Similar to indoor soccer, Power Soccer is a sport designed for athletes with disabilities using a power wheelchair.
"There's wheelchair basketball for people who can use their arms, but for people like us, who don't necessarily have the upper body strength to play those sports, it's a lot more difficult for us to find sports that we can play," said Peyton Sefick, Center for CNY United.
The game pits two teams against each other, 4-on-4, using a large soccer ball. The players move the ball using what is known as a "soccer guard" attached to the front of their motorized wheelchairs. As in traditional soccer, the objective is to score.
While the sport might be new to the capital district, it has been in the United States for a couple decades. Sunday afternoon CNY United hosted a tournament in Albany to help spread the sport to a new area.
"We're hoping to get some athletes or some kids in power wheelchairs to come out and watch and king of get psyched for the game," said CNY United Coach Jim Sefick. "We have some equipment here that we can strap on them and give them a taste of what power soccer is all about."
CNY United is one of the premier teams in the nation, having won the National Tournament Championship in 2012. The team will be honored by the state Senate for that accomplishment Monday afternoon.
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