Meet Our Team
Keith is the senior member of our team. He has been playing power soccer for 15 years, since he was 11 years old. He is a student at DeAnza College. “Power soccer gives me the opportunity to have fun with my peers,” he says. “We all have different disabilities and power soccer gives us the outlet to show that these disabilities become less of an issue. The desire to play and have fun overtakes them.”
Tommy is a local college student who started playing power soccer seven years ago.Tommy knew about the sport through his oldest brother, who played for the San Jose Steamrollers. “I am playing power soccer for myself, but also in honor of my brother,” Tommy says. “What power soccer means to me is that no matter what disability you have, you can play a sport that helps you cope with your disability and how to engage with others. It helps you build communication skills, leadership skills, teamwork and friendship with your coach and fellow teammates. Power soccer has allowed me to be content with life and taught me that I can accomplish anything I set my goals for.”
Lola is a high school junior and has been playing soccer for six years. Lola started playing soccer because she wanted to be a part of a team while also participating in a competitive activity. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the movies and cooking. Catch Lola on the court as she continues to play hard and have fun!
Max Z. #5
Max is in ninth grade and has been playing power soccer since 2015. A fan of all things athletic, Max can be found cheering on the Golden State Warriors when he’s not on a power soccer court. He says power soccer has given him the opportunity to feel like part of a team for the first time in his life. “I like playing a sport that I can really play and not sit on the sidelines.”
Max b. #23
Max is a user experience designer and a relatively recent addition to the Bay Area and the San Jose Rockets. He has been participating in wheelchair sports since the age of 5 in his home state of New Jersey and is excited to be a part of such an amazing team here. Off the court, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and is always exploring the Bay Area looking for delicious food and beautiful viewpoints. Power soccer allows Max to feel like a part of the team and let out his competitive streak in a fun, friendly environment.
Currently on loan to the SoCal Vaqueros.
Bart was first introduced to power soccer in 2007 and started playing consistently in 2016 after moving to the Bay Area for work. He is a technology manager at YouTube. Bart is a giant fan of soccer not only on the hardwood but also on the pitch; he wears the number 7 in honor of Manchester United greats like Ronaldo, Beckham and Best. Power soccer is the sport Bart is most passionate about; he says it allows him to “play and strategize for a sport with a real tactical element, express my competitiveness and develop team bonds and understanding” in ways sports like track and field or swimming could not.
Jack is in fourth grade and is the newest member of the Rockets. He started playing soccer in April 2017. He also plays baseball and likes listening to radio stations. “Power soccer means to me making friends and just being able to play a sport that needs my power chair,” he says. “I think this will help me get better at using my power chair.”