The football season for the Charlotte 49ers has returned. It kicked off on September 3, beginning with a historical win that I got to experience thanks to iLevel® on my Stretto Power Wheelchair.
The Duke Blue Devils were the first power-five team to play the 49ers at home inside Jerry Richardson Stadium. I am a student at Charlotte, so this game was all people could talk about, leading up to kickoff time. The stadium was packed for a primetime showdown. My Stretto Power Wheelchair with iLevel allowed me to see over the large crowd, so I could watch all the action on the field uninterrupted. I went with a group of friends, and it was a blast getting to spend time with them while cheering on our team.
Entering the Football Stadium in My Wheelchair
Getting into the stadium was a breeze with my motorized wheelchair, as I was at eye level with the ticket attendant as they scanned my ticket. Before the game, I got some concessions. My Stretto helped me reach the things I wanted and it allowed me to be heard easily as I ordered my food. Sitting in the handicapped section already gives me a great view but raising my motorized wheelchair up 12 inches makes it better. The students in the levels below us stood the whole game to give the team the boost they needed against our formidable opponent.
Talking with People at iLevel
Before the game, I got to see many friends that I hadn’t talked to in close to a year due to the pandemic. Friends from high school and college alike were there, and it was fantastic to get to speak to them at iLevel, as they didn’t need to bend down to talk to me. It was fun reliving old memories with them.
Watching the Game in my Power Wheelchair
The game started, and the 49ers got an early 7-0 lead as fifth-year quarterback Chris Reynolds hit receiver Grant Dubose for the score. The crowd erupted and I had a great view of the score that required an acrobatic catch. Duke bounced back in the second quarter, putting up two touchdowns. The score going into halftime was 14-10, but the 49ers were hungry to get back on the field to reclaim the lead. The 49ers came out strong to start the third quarter with a touchdown early. Reynolds, the quarterback, took the ball himself and dove into the end zone on a one-yard run. The team looked to hang on, heading into the final quarter of play.
The Final Play of the Game
The fourth quarter was back and forth, with both teams gaining leads toward the end of the game. Duke took the lead with 1:44 left in the game, and it would take one more score to seal the game for the 49ers. In the craziest atmosphere that I had ever experienced, Charlotte fed off the crowd to score with thirty seconds remaining in the contest. Charlotte held onto to win, and I got to celebrate surrounded by all my friends. Fans stormed the field while the university shot off fireworks to cap off a history-making victory. It was a great night, made better thanks to my Stretto Power Wheelchair with iLevel.
About Bryson Foster: Bryson is a Friend of Quantum and lives in North Carolina. He advocates and raises funds for the development of treatments for muscular dystrophy. He loves sports and cheers for his favorite basketball team, the North Carolina Tar Heels.
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