In July 2005, Bob Lujano was featured in the documentary "Murderball." This film, winner of the best documentary award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, treks the trials and tribulations of the United States quad rugby team as they prepare for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. Lujano will be speaking about the sport of wheelchair rugby, his involvement in the film "Murderball," and living life with a disability.
Bob was born in Wichita, Kansas and when he was 9 years old his legs and most of his arms were amputated after he contracted a rare, deadly form of meningitis. Doctors gave him a few hours to live, but he survived. After graduating from high school in 1988, Lujano went to the University of Texas at Arlington where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law. There he discovered something that changed his life: The school offered wheelchair basketball. Later, he went on to pursue a graduate degree in sports management at the University of Tennessee.
In his 10 years of playing quad rugby, Lujano has won five U.S. Quad Rugby National Championships with the Lakeshore Demolition of Birmingham, Ala., and three medals playing rugby for Team U.S.A.: a gold at the 1999 World Wheelchair Games, a silver at the World Championships, and a bronze at the 2004 Paralympics. For seven years he has worked at the Lakeshore Foundation, an official U.S. Paralympic Training Site, as Coordinator of Athletics.
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