“The sport is so unique, and it’s the greatest opportunity for young kids with significant disabilities to be a part of a team in a positive competitive environment with the opportunity to release that competitive nature that everyone has.”
Warren Jennings, of Londonderry, cheers on his son, Anthony, a freshman at UNH, playing in his first season with the PowerCats. “This is so wonderful. I’m so proud of him.”
Anthony Jennings, like a lot of his teammates, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at an early age, seemingly robbing him of a chance to play competitive sports into his adulthood. While he can still stand and walk now, Power Soccer has given Anthony many reasons to accept his future in a wheel chair.
“He got his first chair just a few months ago, and understandably, he resisted, but he needed to prepare for a chair. He has always loved soccer, and Power Soccer has given him the opportunity to get out there and be competitive in a way he hasn’t been able to in many years,” Warren Jennings said. “And as a dad, it’s been a joy to cheer him on and support him.”
“It’s been my first chance to play a sport since I was 10,” says Anthony, after just completing a speed test, one of the requirements before a game. Through a prideful smile, he continues, “The game means a lot to me. I get to play a sport, be competitive and have fun, just like someone who plays baseball or football. I’ve always loved sports, so this is a great opportunity for me.”
“You just need to remember to tone it down a bit, you’re older than some of these kids,” says Warren.
“Yeah, yeah, Dad, OK,” Anthony says as he whirls around and heads for the court.