The competitive side of Team St. Luke's is an organized paralympic athletic team that gives youth and adults with disabilities the opportunity to compete in sporting events on both the regional, national and even international level. With many sports offered, athletes get the chance to have competitive fun in their favorite adaptive sport.
Competitive Sports Offered:
- This is a competitive wheelchair basketball program that competes against other teams. Team St. Luke's has been participating in Hoopfest, the biggest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament in the world. Team St. Luke's also participates in the West Coast Conference Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
- St. Luke's athletes can compete in various road races, including Spokane's Bloomsday Race in May. With coaching and peer mentoring, athletes can compete and improve their racing skills.
- The track and field program offered by Team St. Luke's gives athletes an opportunity to compete in competitive paralympic track and field meets. Athletes have participated many races such as the Bigfoot Meet held at Spokane Falls Community College, the IPC Athletics World Championships and some participants even made it to the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China.
- In the swimming program, athletes can have competitive fun, while getting great exercise. Athletes have the opportunity to compete in swimming meets, includeing the Waves meet at Whitworth University. Some athletes even had the chance to compete at the CAN-AM meets.
- In Powerlifting, athletes have the opportunity to compete in adaptive powerlifting. This includes the Powerlifting Press and the Weightlifting Press (Bench Press). It is also an opportunity to weightlift with peers to improve skill and increase strength.
- Power soccer combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself. Players use powerchairs equipped with footguards to attack, defend, or spin-kick a soccer ball in an attempt to score goals.
- Boccia is a sport very similar to bocce but adapted for athletes who require a wheelchair because of a physical disability. It is played by throwing leather balls as close as possible to a white target ball, or jack. Team St. Luke's athletes have the chance to compete and work their way to the Paralympic level.
Wanting to exercise or just hang out with peers? All sports practices can be attended by youth and adults with physical disabilities who are looking for a different way to exercise. Competing is not a requirement.