About the Boston Brakers and Power Wheelchair Soccer
The Boston Brakers formed during the summer of 2012 following an event hosted by the United States Power Soccer Association. Now in their seventh year, the Boston Brakers have grown as a team and have received favorable publicity on television, newspapers, and online media. The team is made up of men and women, mostly from the Boston area and whose ages range from 30 to 60 years old but we’re open to others. Members of the team include those with spinal cord injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, as well as other conditions that limit strength and mobility. Power wheelchair soccer is competitive sport played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court, with two teams of four players who attack, defend, and kick a soccer ball in a manner similar to regulation soccer.
Our Main Goals
- Improve the current team for competition
- Grow the number of teams and players in the Boston area
- Develop a strong and cohesive New England Power Soccer Conference in order to facilitate the growth of power soccer in the region. In doing so, foster the experience of competitive sport, teamwork, & sportsmanship for those who have rarely experienced it.
How you can help the Brakers achieve these goals
Volunteer! Assisting team members throughout its existence have been numerous volunteers and community organizations including student groups from surrounding schools including Northeastern University, Tufts University, and Boston University, as well the Boston Self Help Center. You can assist the team in numerous ways including helping players set up their chairs with proper equipment before games or becoming certified as a Power Soccer referee and ref our games.
Come Cheer Us On! The Brakers have a large slate of games coming up in March and April. This includes games in Sudbury and Canton, as well traveling out of state to Durham, New Hampshire and a tournament up in Burlington, Vermont. A schedule is available upon request. Like us on Facebook too!
Any Donations Would Be Appreciated! Like any nonprofit venture, financial donations would go a long way in assisting us in a number of different areas. This includes purchasing better equipment for players, purchasing gym space for practices and games, travel expenses, and to organize and promote demonstrations around the state and region to recruit new players to the sport.
Contact us if you want to play or start a Team! If you’re interested, we’ll help.
Examples of Costs
Power Wheelchairs designed specifically for power soccer:
|Strikeforce Power Soccer Wheelchair ($7,700)
Power Soccer Shop’s Strike Force Wheelchair was designed by and tested by Power Soccer Players. With our design we made it as low to the ground as possible so you feel safe driving fast and taking the curves fast. We have a lot of options for you to customize your chair.
|Pride Jazzy Wheelchair ($2,500)
Jazzy Soccer Wheel Chair with Aero Force Guard Mounted and Ready to Play Power Soccer.
- Steel Soccer Guard $299
- Power Soccer Ball $79
Rental, Fees, and Travel Costs:
- Gym Rental Approximately $120 per hour
- Register Team with United States Power Soccer Association $500
- Traveling to yearly USPSA conference championship tournament: approximately $1500 per player
Team and Event Contact:
The Boston Brakers are a program of Boston Self Help Center
and assisted by grants and support from the Mission Hill & Fenway Trust, BCYF Tobin Community Center, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and individual donors.