At 19, Ryan was a passenger in an automobile accident the left him a T6 paraplegic. The accident occurred while Baker and his family were moving to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 1991. Growing up in San Diego, Ryan's only exposure to lacrosse came early in the form of stories, told by his late grandfather, who spoke to him about the sport being played by Native Americans that were gifted with the Creator's Game, now known as lacrosse. In Steamboat Baker skied, hit the golf ball, competed in tennis, and participated in many different wheelchair races. It wasn't until a friend was able to give him a more formal introduction to the game of lacrosse that Ryan became fascinated and impressed by the sport. He thought about the possibility and how adaptable it could be while holding to the traditions and legacy of the game.
Bill was injured at T7 in 2002 after getting hit by a car while on a motorcycle ride with a friend. Lundstrom, also a San Diego native, was not introduced to Ryan until 2008. After some time together the duo learned that they had similar interests. Both also had a desire to play a team sport, but were not interested in any of the available offerings. Baker proposed the idea of lacrosse to Lundstrom on a ski trip to Steamboat in 2009. Within days of their return they got some used sticks, balls and gloves and went out to have a catch. They soon had several players out throwing the ball around. Wheelchair Lacrosse USA was born and later in 2010, Ryan and Bill did their first WLUSA Camp. The pair live in San Diego where Ryan works for Spinergy Wheelchair Wheels and Bill is owner at Lundstrom Engineering and Surveying.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board members include people from all over the country invested in helping WLUSA responsibly and respectfully reach its goals and objectives. The members of the board drive fiscal acumen and direct the grow path of WLUSA into the United States and internationally.
Ryan Baker / Founder & President: Ryan started WLUSA in 2009 with Co-Founder Bill Lundstrom. Not playing lacrosse growing up, Ryan is now committed to growing the sport sharing what he has found in this great game and its community.
Bill Lundstrom / Founder & Treasurer: Bill was injured as the result of a motorcycle accident that left him a T7 paraplegic in 2002. Bill is a proud father and owner of Lundstrom Engineering & Surveying.
Norm Page / Co-Vice President: Norm is the team manager for the Rolling Bandits wheelchair lacrosse team.
Ken Lee / Co-Vice President: Ken has been instrumental in the formation of the Milwaukee Eagles wheelchair lacrosse team.
Barry Weintraub / Secretary: Barry is the team manager for the Minneapolis wheelchair lacrosse team.
Nicole Herbert / Member at Large: Nicole is the team manager for the Sportables wheelchair lacrosse team.
Brian Galloway / Member at Large: Brian is the founding member of the Indy RIP wheelchair lacrosse team.
Daniel Hersh / Member at Large: Daniel is the founding member of the Rolling Mammoth wheelchair lacrosse team.
Mike Looney / Member at Large: Mike is the founding member of the Kennedy Kreiger wheelchair lacrosse team.
Eric Rudolph / Member at Large: Eric has been instrumental in assisting WLUSA develop the domestic rule book for Wheelchair Lacrosse USA and has helped prepare a Wheelchair Lacrosse Rule Book for the Federation of International Lacrosse. He is a collegiate officials assigner in the South Eastern part of the United States. He has served on the US Lacrosse Men's Rules Subcommittee and is on the FIL Rules Committee.
Lorne Silverstein / Member at Large: Lorne played lacrosse at Syracuse and has been involved in the lacrosse community for over 30 years. His passion and knowledge will help direct WLUSA in the right direction.