In 2011 the United States Power Soccer team won its second consecutive World Cup title, becoming the only US soccer team to win back-to-back World Cups. Despite this remarkable achievement, the team has not yet been invited to the White House to be honored by President Obama.
In 2007 the United States won the first Power Soccer World Cup in Tokyo, defeating Belgium, England, Denmark, Japan, and Portugal before beating France in a penalty shoot-out in the finals to win the cup. The team then defended its title in Paris four years later, defeating England 3-0 in the final becoming the first American soccer team to defend their title as world champions.
“Each year, winning teams in major sports in the US spend time with the President; it is an honor athletes who reach the highest of milestones enjoy,” said Chris Finn, Head Coach of the US team. “Considering we are the only team in US history to win TWO world cups, I think it is prudent for our team to visit with the President and introduce him to our growing global sport."
Despite several attempts from US Power Soccer Association and coach Finn to connect with the White House, an invitation hasn’t been forthcoming.
This April 2014 the US Men’s National Soccer Team will visit the White House on their way to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. This is a perfect opportunity for President Obama to honor both teams. Join The United States National Power Soccer Team and Senda Athletics, in our mission to to get the World Cup champions invited to the White House to receive the recognition they deserve!
Some more information about power soccer: Power Soccer is the fastest growing sport for power wheelchair users. Players use these power wheelchairs to pass, defend, and spin-kick a large 13-inch soccer ball in a skilled and challenging game similar to able-bodied soccer. Teams of four athletes compete on a regulation-sized basketball court, under rules established by the governing body of power soccer, the Federation Internationale de Powerchair Football Association (FIFPA).
- The White House
- White House Office of Public Engagement, Disability Rights Advocate
Claudia L. Gordon
Please honor the dedication and accomplishments of the two-time defending World Cup champion United States Power Wheelchair Soccer Team, by inviting them to visit President Obama at the White House. Their two historic championships representing the USA are worthy of recognition, just like those of other athletes that you have invited in the past.
This is a matter of equality, and you have the opportunity to do what's right!
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