The Center for Impaired Living’s (CIL) competitive wheelchair rugby team, The California Storm, is seeking help to fund future competitions.
The team is based at the Alameda chapter of the CIL, located at 2490 Mariner Square Loop, Suite 210. The team is coached by Chris Cook.
The California Storm participates in tournaments around the country. Quad rugby is played indoors, on a gymnasium court, by players with some impairment in both arms and legs. Quad rugby is played in more than 25 countries and is considered a summer Paralympic sport.
The Alameda Rugby Islanders are ready to kick off its 2014 season on Feb. 8. The 2014 season will be the 11th year of the rugby club, which began in 2003.
The team and head coach Austin Britts have spent the entire month of January training for the upcoming season. The club held mini camps for the men’s under-19 squad on Saturday, Jan. 4 and Sunday, Jan. 5 at the soccer field near Alameda Point.
On Jan 12, the rugby club celebrated Alameda Recreation and Park Department’s decision to allow them to hold future practices at Tillman Park on Bay Farm Island.