Last weekend the family and I set out to watch a Rugby match. The day prior Babe and I were watching our local news channel and they featured the Paralyzed Veterans of America who were tearing up the court and crashing into one another at full speed. We’ve never seen a Rugby game in person, and this was next level. During the news segment, they mentioned that they were in town for the weekend and it was free. So we went, it shocking, it was high impact, it was filled with energy and we were yelling like it was a football game. We were greatly entertained and inspired.
The Code of Honor Quad Rugby Invitational took place at the St. James in Virginia. This facility on its own was incredible. It is a sports person dream, they have space to do every single sport you can think of at one time. Legit the facility is outstanding.
When we arrived, they had this Fallen Heroes Memorial. It is a 6 x 28 US flag constructed by veteran volunteers from6,940 dog tags with names of those who have fallen in the War on Terror. It travels to special locations, it is a way of honoring fallen heroes and gold star families.
After peaking around the facility a bit we made our way to the court where the game was taking place. I had this cute bunch take a picture.
About the Event:
The Code of Honor Quad Rugby Invitational brings together national league wheelchair rugby teams from across the country to compete in a 3-day tournament. A wheelchair rugby skills clinic is held prior to the start of the tournament to introduce new and potential players to the sport and helped seasoned players sharpen their skills.
About the Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
The veterans play in modified wheelchairs, there are some slight variations of the chairs based on your position in the game.
This was a bracket-style tournament, we arrived to see four teams play. It was two on two on side by side courts playing simultaneously. We had a perfect seat in the middle so we could watch and cheer for both games.
When they come to play, they hold nothing back.
Watching these vets go at it let me know that I don’t stand a chance. Whatever strength I believe I have, is not good enough.
This wheelchair Rugby is not just for the men, it is for the women as well. They competed just as aggressively as the men. It was dope to see them hold their own.
LittleCuteLips and I took a potty break and while she was handling her business. I was taking full advantage of the quality lighting and getting my selfie on.
Every time the team would take a break this little boy would hop in his Dad’s lap for a joy ride. His Dad would ride him around slowly crashing into others. The little boys face would light up every single time. It was so sweet to watch and reminded me of something my kids would do if this were their dad.
We came, we saw, we cheered and we enjoyed the hockey level action. This was not only a great for us to support these Veterans, none of which we knew. It was also a reminder to push beyond your circumstances. Sometimes things happen in life beyond our control, but they don’t have to stifle us and the things we want to do. You just need to figure out how to make it work. This was a great introduction to the Rugby game. We still don’t know the rules, but we figured out a few things.