Wheelchair Athletes Roll Big Time

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I spent my Saturday helping organize and run my first Wheelchair basketball tournament supporting a local non-profit. The tournament involved two high school teams (12 teams total) playing for the first time with several of their players having physical disabilities.  By the end of the day I left with a new respect and level of amazement for the incredible athleticism displayed by these young kids. They had total control over their chairs, as if they were an extension of their bodies as they shot and rebounded at high speeds across the gym floor. They were pulling off Pete Marovich behind the back passes and first rate blocks and steals that would have impressed Michael Jordan. This kind of event always reminds me to be careful about judging people different from ourselves and the level of ability they possess in overcoming adversity. There are whole worlds of experience out there most of us rarely see.

 

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