Joe Jackson, 30, of Maricopa, who is paralyzed from the chest down, works out by himself on the wheelchair rugby court at Ability360 on September 22, 2020. David Wallace/The Republic
An article from Phoenix Mag
Ernie Chun (left) and Joe Jackson at Ability360 in Phoenix; Photo by Michael Woodall
Alongside his wheelchair rugby career, Joe Jackson strives to share adaptive sport with others.
Joe Jackson has been playing wheelchair rugby for 11 years, and has made the USA Wheelchair Rugby training squad over the past three years.
The Joe Jackson Foundation held it’s 5th golf tournament September 28th, 2018 at Ocotillo Golf Resort and raised over $6,000. 40 golfers came out for a fun day of play for a good cause supporting individuals with spinal cord injuries continuing to be active. JJF was able to provide Jake Zunich, 26 and an upcoming wheelchair player who plays locally for the Ability360 Phoenix Heat, a check for a new rugby wheelchair. He was very grateful and appreciative for the chance to further his skills with the opportunity of getting a new chair. Thank you to all our sponsors and golfers!
The Ability360 Heat have built a dynasty in the desert.
The wheelchair rugby team has placed in the top five in the nation in 19 of the team’s 20 seasons. They have also won three of the last four national titles.
With multiple past and current Paralympians, and a star of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Murderball”, on the roster and a state of the art facility to train in at the Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center, the Heat are looking to take home another national title starting on April 19th in Phoenix.
This weeks Valle Luna “Making a Difference” is Joe Jackson
Article by Michelle Guerrero of Chandler Lifestyle. Joe Jackson was a 16-year-old Hamilton football player when his life was forever changed. During a November game in 2005, Jackson was playing defense and ran to the other side of the field to make a tackle. The next thing he knew, he was on the ground. He tried to get up, but he couldn’t. His coaches told him it would be alright.
Wheelchair Rugby National Championship returns to Phoenix; local team defends title
A story about Joe Jackson and Ernie Chun, two players on the Ability360 Heat Wheelchair Rugby team. Both are aiming for a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games, a challenge neither originally planned on. You can watch Joe and Ernie, and the 360Heat, April 19-21 as they compete in the USQRA Nationals at the Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center.