Powerhockey: What is the NCEWHA and Powerhockey?
February 14, 2012By Kevin McCloskey of Western Alamance High School
Courtesy of Josh Cranfill
What is the NCEWHA and Powerhockey?
The North Carolina Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association (NCEWHA) was created in 2003 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with the mission of developing a quality hockey program for people in North Carolina who require the use of an electric wheelchair in daily life.
Knowing that there are many organizations throughout the world that embrace the disabled and help them financially and medically, part of the NCEWHA mission is to provide an avenue to help disabled people emotionally as well give them a physical activity to participate in. The NCEWHA hopes to start a league in North Carolina with teams competing annually. Currently, the league consists of the Carolina Fury (NCEWHA’s Tournament Traveling Team) based in Pikeville, North Carolina and the Hot Wheels Team out of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Young or old, male or female, athletics has the ability to build confidence in its participants. This is true for disabled people that participate in athletics as well. The NCEWHA provides this experience to disabled people of all ages. The NCEWHA helps get disabled people out of their homes and active in their community.
PowerHockey™ is wheelchair hockey specifically for persons requiring the use of an electric (power) wheelchair during daily life. Power wheelchair users have commonly been excluded from competitive sports because most people believe they are just too physically weak. PowerHockey proves that thought wrong.
The term PowerHockey™ is simply a shortened way of explaining electric (power) wheelchair hockey.