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WHEELCHAIR RUGBY: Jonathan Sigworth 10 introduced wheelchair rugby to patients at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre in India during his winter break. Sigworth, a level C-5/C-6 quadriplegic, and an accompanying team, transported 10 specialized wheelchair frames and 16 wheels to Delhi, India for the cause. Many expenses were covered by a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and contributions from many friends, while donated wheelchairs came from several Quad Rugby teams as well as from Gaylord Hospital in Connecticut.

Sigworth inspired the Spinal Injuries Centre patients to participate in India's first-ever quad rugby scrimmage held Jan. 8. Paraplegics, wheelchair-bound people with normal arm and hand function, can play wheelchair basketball and tennis, but quadriplegics, who have limitations in the use of all four limbs, play Quad Rugby. The sport accommodates players with differing levels of muscle function. Sigworth calls his efforts the Quad Rugby Implementation Project.
Sigworth inspired the Spinal Injuries Centre patients to create their own team, the Delhi Bullz Eyez. Pictured above are the supporters, staff and two teams after an exhibition game on Jan. 15, which was covered by local media. The teams are the "Americans" in red shirts and the victorious "Indians" in green.
In the U.S., Sigworth, pictured in rear, in green, plays for the Connecticut wheelchair rugby team, The Jammers. Since September 2007, the Jammers have been practicing in the Freeman Athletic Center. Sigworth's level of muscle function only allows him to play defense, but in India, he was the expert, teaching future coaches, referees and players.
The Sigworth family resides in Hamden, Conn. where Jon occasionally rides around the neighborhood on his hand-cycle, while his brother, David, jogs. When Jon Sigworth is off the rugby floor or away from his studies, he may ride his hand-cycle around the Wesleyan campus. Sigworth is currently working on an independent-study project at Wesleyan, making a documentary of his efforts in India, as well as the larger issues surrounding rehabilitation for India's disabled. (Photos contributed by Fred Sigworth P'10)

Jon Sigworth was featured in The Times of India in an article reprinted in SVAYAM here.