Training for the Mexico 2014 World Cup - November 13, 2014
The Haiti National Amputee Football (soccer) Team arrived in Dallas, TX, on midnight, November 13, 2014, to begin final preparations for the 2014 Mexico World Cup of Amputee Football.
Here the team is pictured at DFW International Airport. To follow the team through the world cup, visit the Pursuit of Hope Facebook page.
Documentary Film Website Launched - November 1, 2014
The International Institute of SPORT is working with a team of experienced professionals to create a feature-length documentary that will follow a group of Haitian disabled athletes on their journey to secure a spot on the Haitian National Amputee Football Team, then earn a berth in the 2014 Mexico World Cup of Amputee Football.
The film is called Pursuit of Hope, and a website about the documentary film was launched on November 1, 2014, to help raise funds for the documentary production and for the Haitian team as they train and participate in the world cup.
The website thepursuitofhope.com includes a trailer, photo gallery and other video content. We also launched a Facebook page for at www.facebook.com/pursuitofhope to document the Haitian world cup tour and the making of the film. Please visit both sites and share the Facebook page with your friends.
Powerful Video from Wheels for the World
Dr. Fred Sorrells appears several times in this power video from Wheels for the World.
Dr. Fred Sorrells Keynote Speaker - March 22, 2013
Dr. Fred Sorrells was the keynote speaker at the Panda Cup Foundation VIP Outreach Social on Friday, March 22, 2013. Dr. Sorrells spoke on the topic "Amputee Sports - You Can Make a Difference." Click here to learn more about the Panda Cup and the Panda Cup Foundation.
Promoting Amputee Soccer to Africa - September 1, 2012
Dr. Fred Sorrells met with members of the Paralympics delegations from Liberia, Niger and the Comoros Islands to discuss bringing amputee soccer into those countries.
Amputee soccer has enormous potential to lift people with disabilities out of poverty and literally out of the grave into the mainstream of society.
Meet Kadija, the First Female Athlete from Niger - August 29, 2012
Kadija, the first female athlete from Niger, is a 34 year old woman with four kids. She had just weaned her last child the day she left for London. Kadija has polio and no muscular movement below the hips.
As the Niger sports medicine coordinator, Dr. Fred Sorrells had to take Kadija to the doctor in the Paralympic Village when she arrived due to chest discomfort.
Pictured at right, Kadija and Dr. Sorrells are at the warm-up track adjacent to the Olympic Stadium. Dr. Sorrells is helping her and her coach with her technique for throwing the javelin.
Dr. Fred Sorrells at Opening Ceremony - August 29, 2012
The image at right is of Dr. Fred Sorrells assisting a Nigerien athlete during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Dr. Fred Sorrells Serving in His 5th Paralympic Games
The London 2012 Paralympic Games, which opens Wednesday, August 29 are set to be the biggest ever where Paralympic athletes will compete in front of sold-out crowds and an estimated TV audience of around four billion.
There will be limited television coverage in the USA by NBC but people can watch live action on the Internet. Log on to www.paralympic.org for live streaming.
The Opening Ceremony starts at 2:20 pm Central Standard time Wednesday. The parade of nations will begin alphabetically near the beginning of the ceremony.
Dr. Sorrells will be serving in his fifth Paralympic Games and is currently an official with the Niger, Africa delegation. They should enter the Olympic Stadium around 3:30 pm CST.
Live coverage of the Paralympic sports competitions can be viewed live until September 9 on this website: www.paralympic.org
Quintin Stephens Wins Bronze in Indianapolis - June 30, 2012
Quintin Stephens had a very strong performance in his 100 meter wheelchair race on Saturday, June 30, at the USA Paralympics Track and Field Meet in Indianapolis. Quintin was awarded a bronze medal.
His time met the qualifying standard set by the International Paralympic Committee, but unfortunately did not meet the USA Paralympic Committee qualifying time for the USA London 2012 Paralympic team.
So while he will not be part of the USA London 2012 Paralympic team, Quintin has already set his sights on the World Paralympic Track and Field Championships in Lyons, France next year. He has a very good chance of making the USA squad.At age 54 Quintin was easily the oldest track athlete at the Indianapolis meet. His quadriplegic performance inspired many. Quintin broke his neck in an accident in 1981 and has been wheelchair racing since 1983 to maintain his health and independence.
Dr. Fred Sorrells, who has been his coach and caregiver since 2009, said, "What a blessing to serve this choice man of God and great patriotic American."
Please watch the attached video to hear Quintin share from the track where he competed.
Quintin Stephens Wins 5 Gold Medals at 2011 National Veterans Wheelchair Games - August 1-6, 2011
During the first week of August, 2011, IIOS Track & Field Consultant Quintin Stephens competed in the 2011 National Veterans Wheelchair Games and finished first in 5 events (100 meters, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m) winning a record five gold medals.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world. The event offers 17 different sports to veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations and neurological diseases.
Although he is a quadriplegic with no control Quintin Stephensis an outstanding athlete. His primary event is wheelchair racing, and he is one of the best in the world for his disability class.
The photo at right is of Quintin Stephens at the finish line.
Dr. Fred Sorrells served as Quintin's caregiver and coach, as he did for Quintin at the last three National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Dr. Sorrells said that he has never seen someone who consistently overcomes physical and emotional challenges like Quintin. Through weekly training, Quintin lost a significant amount of weight and gained a tremendous strength in his upper body. Many quadriplegics Quintin's age use a power chair, but Quintin uses the manual wheelchair exclusively, even pushing it several miles from his home to the local Walmart.
All the hard work paid off when Quintin was crowned with five gold medals. He made his Lone Star Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans proud.
However, Quintin is not satisfied with this achievement. His real goal us to gain a spot on the USA Paralympic Team and to compete in the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Bestowing this achievement at Quinten's medal ceremony, pictured at right, included Retired Bgd. General Gauld, former Pittsburgh Steeler greats Robin Cole and Rocky Blyer, and Ron Drach, president of the Wounded Warriors.