Nick Springer sits in his athletic manual wheelchair holding a rugby ball under one arm. He is wearing a red, white and blue jersey that reads U.S.A. 9. He has two medals hung around his neck.

In Memoriam
Nick Springer
1985 – 2021

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Family, friends, and teammates are invited to join the family of Nick Springer and all of his friends at Ability360 in a celebration of life that will be broadcast live using Zoom.

At 4:30 p.m. MST, Nick‘s dad, Gary Springer, will greet everyone and talk a little bit about his son. Next, Team USA captain Joe Delagrave will offer a prayer and share stories. Scott Hogsett, Coach of the 360heat, will talk about his longtime friend and teammate. Afterward, others are welcome to talk about their memories of and with Nick.

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Ability360 is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of former 360Heat Quad Rugby player and U.S. Gold Medal Winning Paralympian, Nick Springer. Springer was an inspiration and leading voice for athletes with disabilities around the globe. He had a heart of gold and was considered a friend to many, including our staff, interns and members at Ability360. He brought many accolades to Phoenix, but none greater than the smiles he left on the faces of his peers.

“I played against him when he was only 17. I knew then what he’d one day become. Nick was a relentless competitor in both quad rugby and in life. He inspired all who knew him with his fierce energy, passion and commitment to everything he did. I will miss him, especially his conquering smile and roaring cheers” Phil Pangrazio, President & CEO of Ability360.

Our thoughts and hearts are with those who knew him best of all.


More about Nick

Video – NY Rangers Tribute

April 20, 2021 – Journal News

April 23, 2021 – ESPN

April 26, 2021 – NY Times

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