There is no lack of excitement, speed and maneuvering when the Tampa Thunder take to the court for a fast-paced game of power wheelchair soccer.
The young men on the team, including team captain Benjamin Carpenter of Brandon, say the game has brought a freshness to their lives that has given them more self confidence and drive.
The team just returned from Indianapolis where it took fourth place in the National Power Soccer Championship, making it eligible to play in the prestigious America’s Champions Cup 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, in October.
But, to take that next step, the team needs to raise $12,000.
The first fundraising event will take place Aug. 7 at East Bay Raceway Park, 6311 Burt’s Road, Tampa, off U.S. 41. Gates open at 5 p.m., and racing begins at 6:30 p.m. The team will promote itself during the races and collect donations.
The team will get the proceeds from beer and wine sales at the Third Friday Music Festival in Safety Harbor on Sept. 17. Several car washes and other events are also in the works.
The team hopes to raise the money its needs by the end of July. Team members are excited at the prospect of another major tournament.
To donate to the team or for information, contact Tari Carpenter at (813) 661-0917.