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Minnesota quad rugby team No. 1 in the country

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (KMSP) -
Quad rugby is a mixed team sport for both males and females and it combines the elements of rugby, basketball and handball, and of course, a little bit of trash talk.

While the spectator's mind is racing to keep up in this Steelheads chess game, it's a physical game, too. Contact between wheelchairs is, as they say, "encouraged,” and they encouraged Fox 9's Dawn Mitchell to give it a try.

Chuck Aoki is the superstar. He was a member of the 2012 Paralympic team and a bronze medalist in wheelchair rugby. He has the will of a champion and knows this sport is not for the faint of heart, even if he had to convince his mother.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is their home with open doors and healthy competition. These athletes are No. 1 in the country for a reason, and they have fun doing it.

The Steelheads are one of 6 teams taking part in the upcoming Heartland Sectional in S. Paul on March 6 through 8 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

Link to video: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/28088423/minn-wheelchair-rugby-team...

February 12, 2015 — 7:20pm