The Rochester Rookies Athletes
The Rochester Rookies
The Rochester Rookies was founded in 1976 by Paralympic gold Medalist, Jo Ann Armstrong (1969) (1972). Head Coach is Gregg Chalmers. Assistant Coaches are Kristin Marcott and Chris Stavisky. Equipment Managers are Steve Niles and Jim Faes. Athlete trainers include college students studying Adaptive Physical Education, Physical Therapy and Medicine.
The team has an eight month training season (September - November and February - June). During the official training season, practices are held at SUNY College at Brockport, Tuttle North and Tuttle South Gymnasiums, Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Athletes are encouraged to continue self-training during the off season.
The Rochester Rookies is a junior affiliate of Wheelchair Ambulatory Sports USA (WASUSA). Athletes are encouraged to participate in sporting events sanctioned by WASUSA in order to qualify to compete in the annual National Junior Disability Championship (NJDC), International Wheelchair Ambulatory Sports (IWAS) and the Paralympic Games. Athletes are also encouraged to participate in local 5K fundraising events.
Teach athlete skills, independence and self-reliance
Build character and self-confidence
Encourage sportsmanship and teamwork
Promote communication skills and problem solving
Network families and volunteers, enhancing a support system