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6th Annual Southern Slam Quad Rugby Tournament

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The Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program hosted the 6th Annual Southern Slam Quad Rugby Tournament January 4-6 in Jacksonville, Florida. The three day tournament was the biggest one yet in the 6 year Slam history, hosting 12 teams from as far as Texas and Milwaukee. Tournament play kicked off Friday morning at 9:00 and wrapped up about 5:30 followed by all players and support staff heading over to the traditional Slam BBQ at the host hotel, thanks to Brooks equipment manager Dan Caldwell there was plenty of hot food coming off the grill. Saturday brought on another full day of rugby action, while Airgas provided their annual sponsorship of free welding to chairs throughout the day. Also happening Saturday was the Donate Blood, Play Quad Rugby blood drive with the Blood Alliance. Saturday night teams and staff enjoyed another BBQ at the hotel with Dan Caldwell on the grill again, Thanks Dan! Sunday we saw great rugby competition with the Brooks Bandits Blue team taking 4th place, Carolina Crash 3rd place, and Tampa vs. Shepherd for the championship game where Tampa was able to take 1st place with an impressive win. Congratulations Tampa on being the 2013 Southern Slam Champs!
The All-Tournament Team consisted of Tampa’s .5 Steve Servis, Brooks’ 1 Levoy Bennett, Brooks’ 1.5 Don Bergman, Houston’s 2.0 Mike Peacock, Brooks’ 2.5 Cody Kingsland, Tampa’s 3 Leevi Yloni, Carolina’s 3.5 Ron Frederick, Shepherd’s MVP Rob Dellar, and Houstan’s Ryan Gilmer for the Sportsmanship Award. “Sticky Picker” Scott Stokes (Shepherd), “Speed Demon” Leevi Yloni (Tampa), “Wrecking Ball” James Lewis (Grand Rapids).
First time sponsor Delta Settlements provided each team with custom Nike Dri-Fit shirts that included names and team logos along with stainless steel water bottles for each player and support staff member. Raffle items included a gift certificate to Capital Grille among other things. Delta Settlements also provided a player drawing to win an iPad and provided professional team photos. A Vesco Metalcraft rugby chair along with 3 pair of Spinergy wheels were donated by  Xcalibur, Eagle Sportchairs, and Fusion Medical  for the annual auction. Thank you to all players, support staff, volunteers, sponsors, and Brooks Rehabilitation for making The 6th Annual Southern Slam Quad Rugby Tournament a success! See you next year!
January 14, 2013 — 7:28am