BEN "DA HAMMER" CARPENTER (CAPTAIN)
Ben has been with the Tampa Thunder since it began in 2004. At the time he was the youngest player in the league. #12 is currently the captain of the Thunder, and plays center for the team. Ben began playing power wheelchair soccer because he wanted to experience a truly competitive sport that required the skill of the player, not the person controlling or pushing their wheelchair. "I wanted to feel the independence of being in control of my own speed and movements on the court".
DANNY "STORMIN' " GORMAN
#99, "Stormin' Danny Gorman" was one of the founding members of the Tampa Thunder. Having been on the team since 2004, Danny, now 19, joined the team simply to have fun. Over the years, his dedication and skill have resulted in much more than fun. In 2009 Danny was one of the members of the United States Power Soccer Team, competing in (and winning) the World Cup in Tokyo, Japan. His game winning goal brought home the gold in 2009, and Danny will be once again representing the U.S. in 2011.
RYAN "BAD TO THE BONE" COTON
Ryan was one of 5 players that began the Tampa Thunder in 2004. #14 has played every position on the Thunder, from goalie to forward. This 22 year old athlete states that power soccer isn't just played on the field, but off as well. "Bad to the Bone" Coton is credited as the team's "historian", religiously reviewing game tape and developing strategies to help the Thunder build on their strengths and capitalize on the opportunities presented by the competition. Ryan said that he joined the Tampa Thunder to play the very first sport ever in his life.
YASH "POINT O" RANGOLE
Yash Rangole is the newest addition to the Tampa Thunder team, having transferred in January 2013 when he moved to Tampa from Jacksonville where he had already made quite a name for himself with a team from that area. Yash is a student at the University of South Florida, and he's ready, willing and more-than-able to lend his talents to the Thunder. Why "point 0"? Because that's how long it took for him to show that he's up to the challenge and ready to help the Thunder be the best!
TYLER "GIZMO" HERNANDEZ
What can one say about #7, Tyler Hernandez? Ty rejoined the team in 2014 after playing for the Tampa Crossfire for several years. Tyler's unique ability to "get into the heads" of the opposing team (and sometimes the coaches, referees, fans, etc.) makes him a formidable opponent to be dealt with. And don't let that sweet innocent smile fool you...he's a predator on the field, looking for every chance to capitalize on scoring opportunities.