Record Maker

5 Students Who are Record Makers

5 Students Who
John Christopher Russo

John Christopher "J.C." Russo

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Name: John Christopher “J.C.” Russo
Major: Computer Graphics Technology
Year: Junior
Hometown: Carmel, Indiana

A wheelchair has not stopped student and power soccer player J.C. Russo from breaking world records. Russo has been a two-time member of Team U.S.A. for the United States Power Soccer Association. As starting goalie, Russo helped Team U.S.A. win the Powerwheelchair Football World Cup — twice.

Spreading the word

“Power soccer has been around for about 30 years. There are easily 100 teams in the country playing competitively and recreationally with Indiana leading the pack with 11 teams in our state. We are dedicated to sharing the sport of power soccer with all persons who can benefit. “

World champion

“The first ever World Cup was held in Japan in 2007 and France just hosted the second World Cup in November 2011. The United States won both. In fact, we hold the U.S. record for the only national team to ever win back-to-back World Cups in any sport.”

Beating the odds

“We were the underdogs at the first World Cup. The international organization was just born and new “Laws of the Game” were created. These laws were very similar to the game that France played, so they were the favorite to win. We were ranked sixth but came out on top after beating France in a triple-overtime shootout. Winning that game was unbelievable — it was definitely an awesome moment for me as I was the goalie who had to block all the penalty kicks!”

Treasured memory

“Winning the first World Cup was something I can never forget. It was a surreal experience — hard to put into words. It was the most joyous moment of my life.”

Support team

“My dad was the assistant coach for the first Team U.S.A., and he has been my coach almost the entire time I have been playing. My sister is also in a wheelchair and was on the 2007 Team U.S.A. My family and friends have been a great source of support and continue to encourage me.”

By Kelly Rogers and Kinnari Sejpal
Photos by Andrew Hancock
Published June 2012