Eau Claire (WQOW)-The Chippewa Valley Hooligans hosted their second powerwheelchair soccer tournament at UW-Eau Claire's McPhee Center. Seven teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota, with athletes of all ages, competed for the cup, learning life skills along the way.
"For the younger ones, it builds those team-building skills that they really need to make it through,” Chippewa Valley Hooligans Goalie Julie Endres said. “The older ones are there more for mentoring. Each team has a different makeup. It's just nice to play a sport that you can play from a power wheelchair."
Endres says they are always looking for new members on their team. They meet Sundays from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Menomonie High School. They will travel to Monticello, Minn., Duluth, Minn., and Madison, Wis. for additional tournaments before the end of April.
They are currently trying to raise $3,000 to send their nine-member team to a cup tournament in Boston, Mass. You can visit their Facebook page for more information.