This is the fourth year in a row that the Salt River Majestics chair volleyball team placed in a tournament. On September 10, the Majestics took the championship of the tournament held in District 7 of Laveen during the 146th Mustering In Days Celebration.
The team played against teams from Gila River and Salt River, winning both their games and making it to the championship round.
“It was a fast tournament,” said Ethleen Ray, team captain and chairperson. “We have been winning lately and received another trophy.”
And to make the games a bit more challenging, they were held outside, where the wind was a factor. The team said they had to use their best judgment on hitting the ball hard or soft. “But the wind was in our favor a lot of the times,” said team member Chrysten Owens.
“We are trying to stress to other communities about having the adaptive leisure games for many of us seniors who cannot do much,” said Ray. “We have a player on the team that is blind in one eye and others who cannot really move that quickly. Hopefully we will get the word out to a lot of them.”
The team did take a time-out during the summer because youth activities were taking place at the Pi-Copa Gym, where the Majestics regularly practice, and also the gym was getting the basketball court refinished. “So we were rested and [are] now ready to start the game again,” said Owens, smiling.
Salt River Majestics Chair Volleyball Team
Josie Duarte Chrysten Owens
Elmer Ray Ethleen Ray
Ruben Washington Wanda White-Eyes