Meet the Henry County Hot Shots at First Merchants Bank

February 13, 2013

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Ind. – The coach and players of the Henry County Hot Shots, a wheelchair soccer team based in New Castle, will host a community meet and greet Friday, February 22 from 3-5 p.m., at First Merchants Bank, 105 East Main Street in Sulphur Springs.

The team, part of the United States Power Soccer Association (USPSA), is currently raising money to support a trip to the national tournament in Arizona this summer. First Merchants Bank is assisting with the team’s fundraising efforts and has established a donation account to support the team’s goal. Individuals wishing to make a contribution may do so at any First Merchants banking center (mention the Henry County Hot Shots donation account).

Banking center employees are donating to the cause during designated ’Denim Days’ throughout February. First Merchants is also selling paper soccer balls at their Middletown and Sulphur Springs locations in exchange for any donation.

Denny Crum coaches the Hot Shots team, whose roster includes Zachary Arland, Dalton Duffy, Ranzel Howard, Devon Lyons, Erin McAloon, Jaylan Smith, and Drew Wilson.

The Hot Shots will also be participating in a tournament at Shenandoah Elementary School in Middletown on March 30.

The USPSA was established in 2006 and is headquartered in Carmel. According to the organization’s website, “Power Soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. These participants include persons with quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury and other disabilities.

“Power Soccer combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself. ... The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four power wheelchair users attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in an attempt to score goals.”

First Merchants Bank is part of Central Indiana’s largest community banking company and remains committed to the communities they serve.