Regional Team Forms on Long Island
A new amputee soccer team is forming on Long Island, New York.
The new team is the result of an introductory clinic organized by Dr. Eric Lamberg, a professor in the Physical Therapy Department at Stony Brook University.
The event was sponsored by Coastal Sports in Hauppauge, Long Island, and area prosthetists.
The clinic was also supported by Stonybrook PT students and members of the NASL New York Cosmos professional soccer team.
New amputee players came to the clinic from throughout Long Island, Metro New York and Connecticut.
US National Team Head Coach Roy Howell and National Team members Keith Mann and Henry Sunday led the team through basic ball handling skills and a scrimmage.
Some of the attendees had played soccer before, some had not. But all were enthusiastic about the game.
Recent amputee Satish Rampersad said he'd never heard of amputee soccer before but was ready to start training to become part of a competitive team.
Long Islander Todd Leighley was also ready to play. "It's great for an amputee to have a sport that will let you work up a sweat."
Two Cosmos players, Dane Murphy and Hunter Freeman, took to the pitch - on forearm crutches - to get a feel, and a respect for the way the game is played.
"It's hard," Murphy said. 'The amp soccer players make it look easy, but it's much harder than it looks. I'm going to be sore all over."
For more information on joining, supporting or sponsoring the new team contact Eric Lamberg at (631) 444 - 3058, or Contact Us