Wheelchair rugby helps players overcome challenges

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The annual "Reno Rumble" drew players to compete in the round-Robin style tournament at the Plumas Gym in Reno, Nevada over the weekend.

Players must have an impairment in at least three limbs to qualify to play.

"It's a great opportunity to show even spectators coming to the gym that, you know, after an injury, it doesn't mean you're fragile," said April Wolfe, a therapeutic recreations specialist.

Jeff Andrews joined the Reno High Fives team two years ago. After suffering from a spinal cord injury while snowboarding, he said this sport helped him stay active.

"It really showed me what was possible," Andrews said. "You can do anything you want to and you're not limited to the chair."

Andrews' injury placed him in the hospital for two and a half months. After that he was finally able to move back to the Reno area.

"I just got involved with this team," he said. "And it's history from there.

He said learning a new sport came with a lot of challenges but with the support of the team, he was able to overcome them.

"Just the comradery with everyone out here," Andrews said. "Everyone can teach you something."

The tournament ran from October 27 through October 29.

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