Sports and Fitness

360Heat Wheelchair Rugby

Ability360 blue backdrop with team members of the Ability360 360Heat Rugby Team

The Ability360 Heat is a U.S. Wheelchair Rugby Associated team sponsored by Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center. The Heat was created in 1998. The Heat won the 2014 US National tournament in Kentucky, completing a 2014 season with a perfect record of 33-0. They defended their title in 2015 and again in 2017.

2023 – 2024 Roster

Stephen Eik
Class 2.5
35
Santa Rosa, CA

Sebastian Broussard
Class 0.5
12
Seattle, WA

Levi Bohon
Class 2.0
3
Heyburn, ID

Scott Hodsett
Class 0.5
8
Chandler, AZ

Kevin Hamilton
Class 3.0
14
Arlington Heights, IL

Joe Jackson
Class 1.0
10
Chandler, AZ

Jen Chailie
Class 2.0
15
Scottsdale, AZ

Jake Zunich
Class 2.0
23
Silver City, NM

Ernie Chun
Class 2.0
4
Waipahu, HI

Brian Sperle
Class 0.5
6

Hayward, CA

Haley Alexander
Team Staff

Sara Sperle
Team Staff

NameClassJersey NumberHometown
Obanelle Cisneros3.03Heyburn, ID
Agustin Serrano3.511Lagomar, Uraguay
Additional Players Without Roster Shots

Nick Springer

#9 
Nick Springer
New York City, NY

In remembrance of Nick Springer, #9, who was not only an incredible wheelchair rugby player who was instrumental in USA’s 2008 gold medal, 3 national championships, player of the years honors etc.  He was one of the most charismatic people you could ever meet. On and off the rugby court Nick was an exemplary human being who had close friends from 5 continents.

What is Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for athletes with a disability. It is practiced in over twenty-five countries around the world and is a summer Paralympic sport. Developed in Winnipeg, Canada in 1976, the sport’s original name was Murderball. The United States name “quad rugby” is because all wheelchair rugby players need to have disabilities that include at least some loss of function in at least three limbs—most are medically classified as quadriplegic. Each player receives a classification, based upon function. These classifications are used during each game, when each team may have no more than 8 points (classifications of players added together) on the court, at one time. Wheelchair rugby is played indoors on a hardwood court. The rules include elements of wheelchair basketball, ice hockey, handball, and rugby union. It is a contact sport and physical contact between wheelchairs is an integral part of the game. It has little in common with Rugby football except for the name. The sport is governed by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) which was established in 1993.

See Wikipedia

View the Basics of Rugby

If you are interested in trying it out or for more information contact: Ernie Chun Erniec@ability360.org

2023 – 2024 Season Schedule

DateEventLocation/Time
9/28 – 10/1PVA ClinicAbiltiy360
11/10 – 11/12Texas Hold ’em Vegas TournamentTBD
11/18 – 11/19Dual in the DesertAbility360
12/1 – 12/3 360HEAT NS9 Memorial TournamentAbility360
2/16 – 2/18Rugby RaveAbility360

Want to Sponsor our Team?

*All donation amounts are greatly appreciated to offset costs of travel, coaching, and equipment.

Sponsorship Levels for Ability360 Phoenix Heat Wheelchair Rugby Team

2023 – 2024 SEASON

$15,000

  • Prominent company logo on all marketing materials for events and tournaments that involved wheelchair rugby at Ability360 such as Dual in the Desert and Rugby Rave
  • Event posters, fliers, website, social media, event tickets/programs, post-event materials, event shirts, and newsletter(s)
  • Prominent vendor location for marketing at above events
    Prominent banner displayed at Ability360 throughout Rugby Season
  • Company employees will have priority to volunteer sign-ups for all event days
  • Recognition on the Donor Wall
  • Community Building Opportunities
  • Ability360 Rugby players to attend and speak at 4 of your company events
  • Team Photo with Company logo
  • Complimentary vendor booth at two other Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center events such as Saluting Service, Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

$10,000

  • Company logo on all marketing materials for events and tournaments that involved wheelchair rugby at Ability360 such as Dual in the Desert and Rugby Rave.
  • Event posters, fliers, website, social media, event tickets/programs, post-event materials, event shirts, and newsletter(s)
  • Prominent vendor location for marketing at above events
  • Prominent banner displayed at Ability360 throughout Rugby Season
  • Company employees will have priority to volunteer sign ups for all event days
  • Recognition on the Donor Wall
  • Community Building Opportunities
  • Ability360 Rugby players to attend and speak at 2 of your company events
  • Team Photo with Company logo
  • Complimentary booth at the Ability360 Health & Wellness Fair 

$5,000

  • logo on all marketing materials for events and tournaments that involved wheelchair rugby at Ability360 such as Dual in the Desert and Rugby Rave 
  • Event posters, fliers, website, social media, event tickets/programs, post-event materials, event shirts, and newsletter(s)
  • Prominent vendor location for marketing at above events
    Banner displayed at Ability360 throughout Rugby Season 
  • Company employees will have priority to volunteer sign ups for all event days
  • Recognition on the Donor Wall
  • Community Building Opportunities
  • Ability360 Rugby players to attend and speak at 2 of your company events
  • Team Photo with Sponsor logo 

$2,500

  • Company logo on all marketing materials for events and tournaments that involved wheelchair rugby at Ability360 such as Dual in the Desert and Rugby Rave
  • Event posters, fliers, website, social media, event tickets/programs, post-event materials, event shirts, and newsletter(s)
  • Vendor location for marketing at above events
  • Recognition on the Donor Wall
  • Team Photo with Sponsor logo

$1,000

  • Company logo on all marketing materials for events and tournaments that involved wheelchair rugby at Ability360 such as Dual in the Desert and Rugby Rave 
  • Event posters, fliers, website, social media, event tickets/programs, post-event materials, event shirts, and newsletter(s) Vendor location for marketing at above events