MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will host a showing of the film Murderball, which depicts the sport of quadriplegic rugby, followed by a question-and-answer session with one of the athletes featured in the film – Mark Zupan. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Jamrich 102.
Murderball was the winner of the 2005 Sundance Festival’s documentary audience award. The R-rated film not only focuses on the sport itself, but the challenges those with disabilities face both on and off the court. It also chronicles the journey of Zupan and the U.S. quad rugby team to the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece.
Quadriplegic rugby, also known as murderball, combines the finesse of soccer with the collisions of a demolition derby. Players use custom wheelchairs to careen around the court, smashing into members of the opposite team and debunking stereotypes about the physically handicapped in the process.
Zupan was first introduced to the sport in the early ‘90s when he attended Georgia Tech, and has since received four most valuable player awards for the sport. He was also named Quad Rugby Player of the Year in 2002 and recently named Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Quad Rugby Association. Zupan led his team to a bronze medal in the 2004 Paralympics and is currently training for the 2008 summer Olympic games in Beijing.
Tickets for this event are free to NMU students with an ID and $2 for the general public. This event is sponsored by Platform Personalities and the student activity fee. For more information, contact 227-2447.