Ability360 Presents Independence Cup on July 4, 2023
By Lindsay Hansen -
Wednesday May 03, 2023
Ability360 is hosting an Independence Cup esports tournament on July 4, 2023, and is looking for corporate sponsors. The first ever inclusive online gaming tournament featuring Rocket League as the premier game of choice. Player registration opens May 26, 2023.
“We’re very excited about this new opportunity to bring attention to our diverse supports and programs for people with disabilities,” said Chris Rodriguez, president & CEO of Ability360. “We’re hoping for a great turn out.”
Rocket League and Power Soccer share a common theme of playing soccer in non-traditional ways. However, Power Soccer is specifically designed for individuals with disabilities, and players use power wheelchairs. While Rocket League has become a mainstream esports title with a competitive scene and professional players, Power Soccer has also gained recognition as an adaptive sports game, with international tournaments and organizations deciding to promote the sport.
Corporate sponsors are available and range from $5,000 to $25,000. All proceeds raised will benefit the Ability360’s Phoenix Rising Power Soccer Program. The event was created to honor Ability360 Power Soccer Players Austin Cuaderno and Everett Frahm.
"The Ability360 Independence Cup is a wonderfully fitting way to honor Austin and Everett, both incredible power soccer athletes and dear friends,” said Tony Jackson, Ability360 Power Soccer Coordinator an athlete and coach. “Funds raised will help us continue sharing the sport they loved with a new generation of adaptive sport athletes."
If you are interested in supporting this event, please contact Meghan Fable, director of development at [email protected].
Ability360 continues a 40-plus-year tradition of empowering programs for people with all disabilities. Ability360 offers and promotes programs to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community. The independent living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities. Ability360 is located at 5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85034, http://www.ability360.org, 602-256-2245.