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Local Screening, Discussion to Explore the World of Quad Rugby Athletes

For Immediate Release
Monday, October 25, 2010
(original press release sent: 10/21/10)

Contact: Vickie Devenport, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-6148,

Carbondale, Ill. -- Murderball. The name alone sounds menacing. But the story behind the full-contact sport of wheelchair rugby is more fascinating than frightening - and two SIUC students who are quadriplegic will share their personal experiences of playing the game at an upcoming film screening and discussion of the 2005 independent film, Murderball. The free event will be held on Thursday, October 28 at 7pm in the Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) Recreation Center Alumni Lounge, located at 300 East Grand Avenue in Carbondale.

The screening will feature video excerpts from Murderball, which captures two years in the lives of athletes with quadriplegia as they play rugby and compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. SIUC students Chuck Melton and Mike Hasler, who are both players for the St. Louis Rams Quad Rugby Team and the U.S. Quad Rugby Association, will introduce the film. Chuck and Mike will participate in a “Q & A” session and discussion after the film. Refreshments will be served.

The screening and discussion are presented by the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service, a public service of WSIU Radio and SIUC, as well as the SIUC Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Program and the Illinois Bureau of Blind Services in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month and White Cane Safety Day.

For more information, contact Vickie Devenport at WSIU, (618) 453-6148,

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Credit: Chris Lee, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Credit: Anita Krell

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