Our Mission: The Boston Self Help Center Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit run by and for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses providing and advocating for adaptive sports, recreation and other resources for individuals with disabilities.
September 16-18, 2022: Volt Hockey World Cup in Sweden!
We are all excited at Boston Self Help Center to be sending off our wheelchair/volt hockey team, the first in the United States, to compete in the 1st Volt Hockey World Cup in Gävle, Sweden. Please share the following to your social media and anywhere else you think appropriate.
On to Sweden for the BSHC (https://bostonselfhelpcenter.org/) Whiplash volt hockey team as the only United States athletes to compete in the World Cup. You can keep track of their progress September 16 through the 18th and watch the action on the website: https://wcvh.se/
Volt Hockey, played in power wheelchairs in Europe and Canada, arrived for the first time to the United States in Boston last year. There are very few sports that allow individuals with disabilities with both upper and lower body mobility impairments to compete. Volt Hockey, being brought by the nonprofit Boston Self Help Center, is expected to excite and encourage individuals with disabilities to play this indoor, 4 on 4, street hockey like game. Expectations are high that this will then spread across New England and the United States as did a similar sport that the nonprofit sponsors, power wheelchair soccer.
VOLT Hockey Boston hits WGBH at the link below. Check us out!
In my other life, I have been involved in Boston Self Help Center promoting and playing power wheelchair soccer and now introducing volt hockey for the first time to the United States. It is exciting to see we are getting some press. – Jim Wice
Please contact Jim Wice at Boston Self Help Center at, email@example.com or 617-777-3861 for more information.
As we move forward, we embrace this history in support of ourselves and others with disabilities. Our power wheelchair soccer team, the Boston Brakers (BostonSelfHelpCeter.org/Boston-Brakers), continues to thrive and grow while continuing to need funds to sustain this momentum. Our BSHC goals include increasing the number of soccer participants and teams in the Boston area and exploring other recreational and sports opportunities for those with disabilities who are not finding these types of adaptive outlets. We welcome inquiries about our services and encourage people with disabilities and their allies to contact us for assistance.
BSHC and the Boston Brakers are dependent upon individual donations from supporters of our mission and programs; our mailing address is 1534 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02120. Donations are tax deductible.
** EXCITING NEWS! ** The Boston Self Help Center has purchased a Strike Force Chair which is available to the Boston Brakers team and guests. Have you never tried one? You will have the opportunity to try it out and you will be amazed!
The Strike Force from Power Soccer Shop is the first wheelchair designed specifically for power soccer! Designed with a low center of gravity and wide wheelbase, the Strike Force is able to move with more agility and spin kick with more power than any other power wheelchair in the world! Equipped with top-notch components and built on a durable steel frame, this chair is ready for the rigors of elite competition. The Strike Force is the only choice for serious power soccer athletes. Each chair is tailor-made with a wide variety of options to perfectly fit each athlete.
STANDARD FEATURES INCLUDE:
P&G R-Net LCD Joystick – with color display
P&G 120 amp Controller
T-84 Motor with Brake
MK Gel Batteries
Square Corner Foot Guard
Fan cooling system for controller
Aluminum front caster wheels
Rear anti-tip caster wheels with pin lock system
Aluminum drive wheels & tires
Soft Back seat
Boston Self Help Center President Jim Wice received the Marie Feltin Award through the Boston Center for Independent Living:
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Dr. Muller, a Nobel Prize laureate, is impressed with Ralph’s active life despite Muscular Dystrophy:
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