Men's Sitting Team to Honor Boston Victims

April 16, 2013, 6:27 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans, Manager, Communications, Phone: (719) 228-6800, E-Mail:
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 16, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team will honor those killed or injured on April 15 at the Boston Marathon when it competes this week at the Central American Games for Sitting Volleyball in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Dan Regan, left, attacks against Canada at the 2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships
Dan Regan attacks against Canada during the
2010 Sitting Volleyball World Championships.

“We were horrified to read and learn of the tragedy in Boston,” team member Charles Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss.) wrote in an e-mail from Costa Rica. “We have decided to wear black bands on our legs as a tribute to those who lost life and limbs in this attack.”

The U.S. Men’s Sitting Team is competing in an international event for the first time in over a year. It will open play at 9 p.m. CT on Tuesday (April 16) against Colombia. It will follow that with a match at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday (April 17) against Mexico.

On Thursday (April 18), it will close round-robin play at 7 p.m. CT against host Costa Rica. The semifinals will be played on Friday (April 19) and the finals on Saturday (April 20).

The last time the U.S. Men’s Sitting Team competed was at the Intercontinental Cup on March 3-10, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. The team finished eighth, failing in its final attempt to qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games.

The U.S. Sitting Volleyball Teams are based at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Central American Games for Sitting Volleyball
April 16-20 in San Jose, Costa Rica

U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team
Reggie Bacchus (Houston, Texas)
Thomas Davis (Detroit, Mich)
Eric Duda (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Edgar Laforest (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
J. Dee Marinko (Newcastle, Okla.)
Daniel Regan (St. Louis, Mo.)
Charlie Swearingen (Gulfport, Miss.)

Head Coach: Bill Hamiter (Bethany, Okla.)

Event Schedule (All times CT)
April 16
7 p.m.: Costa Rica vs. Mexico
9 p.m.: Colombia vs. USA

April 17
7 p.m.: Mexico vs. USA
9 p.m.: Costa Rica vs. Colombia

April 18
7 p.m.: Mexico vs. Colombia
9 p.m.: Costa Rica vs. USA

April 19
7 p.m.: Semifinal  1
9 p.m.: Semifinal 2

April 20
7 p.m.: Bronze Medal
9 p.m.: Gold Medal