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Nothing Can Slow Down Holly Koester

Holly Koester has been in a wheelchair since 1990, but that has never slowed her down. She was the first person in a wheelchair to finish a marathon in all 50 states, was recently inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, and even made it on the front of a Cheerios box!

Holly is positive, determined, and passionate. She was a softball payer in her younger days and decided to give adaptive sports a shot. At first, Holly tried wheelchair basketball and tennis, but it wasn’t the right fit for her. While attending an adaptive sports expo in Texas, Holly had her first exposure to wheelchair racing.

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USA Prepares for International Rugby World Championship

The United States has officially announced the roster for the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) World Championship. Team USA will compete in Sydney, Australia from August 5th-10th against the top 12 teams in the world. Ranked second, the United States will look to avenge a one-point loss to Austraila from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Over Father’s Day weekend, the USA faced their last big test before the World Championship at the Canada Cup. Team USA competed against five other nations and started off the weekend with a 55-39 win over Denmark. Japan followed up America’s impressive performance with a 67-66 upset over Australia. Day two of round-robin competition setup the medal matches for the final day. Denmark edged out a 57-53 win over Sweeden to claim 5th place. In the next match, Australia took home the bronze medal over Canada.

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In One Word – “Wow”

InMotion 2018

When asked to sum up his first 2018 Buckeye games in one word, Samuel Johnson of Michigan eloquently stated “WOW”. During a recent visit to the Cleveland VA, Samuel learned of the Buckeye games held April 20 and
April 21, 2018 in Ohio and decided to attend this year’s games. As he accepted his “Spirit of the Games” award, he was deeply humbled and thanked fellow participants for honoring him with the prestigious award. Those who got to know Samuel at this year’s games weren’t surprised he was chosen. Throughout the two-day event, when Samuel wasn’t participating he was cheering on fellow participants and encouraging them to finish with a high five and a big smile.

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2018 Buckeye Wheelchair Games

Come watch some of the top wheelchair athletes from Ohio compete on April 20th and 21st, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH. Sponsored in part by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Buckeye Chapter, the 7th annual Buckeye Wheelchair Games will feature two days of competitions in several different events. MobilityWorks is proud to sponsor some of the athletes who will be competing.

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United States Paralympic Team Wins Overall Medal Count!

The 2018 Paralympic Games from PyeongChang were filled with exciting moments, many of which were delivered by athletes representing Team USA. In total, athletes from the United States brought home 36 medals, 13 of which were gold. The United States jumped out to an early lead, and finished 12 medals ahead of second place “Neutral Paralympics Athletes”, which was made up of qualifying athletes from Russia.

One of the first events on the schedule was Alpine Skiing, which helped propel the US team to an early lead. Andrew Kurka won two medals, a gold in Men’s Downhill Sitting and a silver at the Super-G event. Tyler Walker added a silver medal in Slalom, and Laurie Stephens brought home the bronze in the Women’s Downhill.

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