Since our son, Luke, was first diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at the age of 23 months, my husband and I grieved frequently of the opportunities that would be lost for Luke as he is not able to stand or walk, his muscles already weak and atrophied, and his bones fragile. We knew we would support him no matter what he wanted to do in life, but it was important to us to make sure that we treated him no differently than his older, able-bodied brother.
Luke quickly got moving once he got a power wheelchair at the age of 3 and it's been hard to slow him down since. He wanted to do everything other kids were doing. He played T-ball and loved it. Then we tried challenger league, still a great experience, however, Luke quickly became bored with it, as it wasn't competitive enough for him. We had heard about power soccer, but weren't sure if Luke would have an interest. When Luke was 5, we saw that Team USA was having a few practices near us coming up and decided to go to watch one of the open practices. It was there that Luke rolled in and as we watched for a couple of minutes, he asked if it was his turn to play yet. He wanted to play that day, right then.
We waited until he was of age to play a year later and looked into getting him involved. We started a recreational team, just to have him learn rules, controlling the ball, etc. He was a part of that team for 2 years until we relocated and we found a competitive team he could play on. He has been playing in his first games this year with his new team and is loving it.
So why did we get our child involved in power soccer?