Oh my word, I have just had the best time! My 11 year old daughter, Lauren, just started practicing with a local wheelchair team about a month ago. Today was her first tournament. She had 3 games back to back (boy is she gonna sleep tonight!). It was such an amazing experience, sitting in an auditorium full of parents like me who have kids like Lauren. They understand the medical bills and the struggles and life. Everyone cheered for everyone, no matter what team they were one. The kids were really kind and sweet to one another, while really playing the game- some players get quite aggressive and crazy on the court! If you have not been to a wheelchair game for kids, find one and go support that team! Lauren is hooked! She can’t wait for the next practice!
For those of you who like financial details- wheelchair basketball isn’t cheap. Our team wants to cover all expenses, since all the families have such medical bills, etc. We survive on donations. Athletic wheelchairs run about $2000. The team needs 3 more chairs in order for every player to have their own chair. The team owns the chairs (unless individuals own their own) and will keep them if a player leaves the team. We also are in need of a trailer to haul the team chairs back and forth to practice and games. Right now, our manager keeps them in his neighbor’s garage. He doesn’t complain, but a trailer would be so nice! If you are interested in donating to our team, you can do so here: Wheelchair Basketball Team – even $5 helps! We would love to get to the place where all new families can just jump in and not even have to pay for jerseys or hotels for away games.