Posted on April 28, 2022

Power Soccer Chair Challenge Kicks into ‘Overdrive’ with Lori’s Voice

Mary Free Bed’s power soccer team needs your help! The Overdrive power soccer team is raising money to replace its aging power chairs with new ones. Overdrive travels and competes nationally, and new chairs will keep the growing team competitive.

Power soccer is played by people who use power chairs for daily mobility; it’s one of the fastest growing sports in the nation on four wheels. It’s also the fastest growing sport offered in Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports program.

Overdrive currently competes using 20-year-old chairs that were donated to the team. Mary Free Bed is launching a fundraising challenge to raise funds to replace these old chairs with new ones.

The West Michigan non-profit Lori’s Voice heard about the growth of power soccer and wanted to get involved. Lori’s Voice helps to give the gift of mobility to children with disabilities and has committed to purchasing two new chairs.

“We love to provide specialized equipment that can enhance the life of a child who may otherwise get left behind,” said Lori Hastings, co-founder of Lori’s Voice. “Knowing the joy that these power soccer chairs bring to this group of wheelchair athletes is just heart warming. Keep up the great work and thank you for allowing us to help bring smiles to your team!”

Now the “Power Soccer Chair Challenge” is on! Mary Free Bed and Lori’s Voice are calling on the power of the community to keep Overdrive at the top of its game. All donations big and small are welcome to help purchase three new chairs and strengthen the health and wellness of individuals with disabilities in West Michigan. Thanks to a generous donor, the first $5,000 in donations raised will be matched! Learn more and find how you can donate here.

Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports is the only organization in West Michigan that offers such a wide range of inclusive wheelchair and adaptive sports opportunities to people with disabilities and/or limited mobility. It is also the largest program of its kind in the United States, reaching people throughout Michigan and beyond.