Tag: Wheelchair Basketball
Sports-loving teens show how it’s done
CORONADO — Two Coronado teenagers who have forms of cerebral palsy used their skills at wheelchair basketball in a recent three-on-three tournament that also involved able-bodied athletes in an effort to raise awareness of disabilities.
KATHMANDU, July 31: Nepal Army personnel Santa Kumar Shrestha had sustained spinal cord injury nine years ago during a shootout with Maoists insurgents at Phuntebang, Rolpa.
Similarly, Himal Aryal was caught in an ambush set up by Maoists in Bhimphedi, Makuwanpur eight years ago while Tilak Pokharel met a similar accident in Salyan during the insurgency. Aryal and Pokharel also sustained spinal cord injuries.
All army men, who were so full of life, were condemned to wheelchairs for life after the accidents.
They weren’t bungee jumping or having a “hey, watch this” moment, weren’t misbehaving or daring fate.
They were simply living life.
Robert Estes, 36, of Canton was riding with his brother to get breakfast. Antonio Wright, 36, of Byram was returning from visiting friends in Memphis. Robert Donerson, 32, of Vaughan was driving home from work. Robbie Sullivan, 36, of Wesson was deer hunting from a tree stand.
In a split second, their ability to walk disappeared, probably for the rest of their lives.
Murderball, anyone? It sounds like blood sport, but it is a team sport for athletes with disabilities.
Murderball is the politically incorrect name that participating athletes have given wheelchair rugby. It’s rough and tumble—literally.
Wheelchair rugby teaches life’s lessons to those who have suffered the hardest of knockdowns.
Kevin Kramer, 26, of Elkhorn started playing murderball eight months after he suffered a paralyzing spinal injury playing flag football at an indoor soccer field.
For Sherrod Nelson, the opportunity to play basketball again in a group setting with others has been rewarding. Nelson is one of the members of the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group who has endured a life-changing experience.
“This is a way of getting out of the house,” said Nelson, who participates on a wheelchair basketball team twice a week at the Village Multipurpose Center in Sunrise. “Most of us were very competitive when we were able-bodied, so this can fulfill some of our dreams again.”
To Nelson, something is always better than nothing.
Saturday’s event is a warm-up for the conference championship later this month in OKC.
Logan Shaw played competitive soccer until three years ago, when he and a friend were hit by a car while riding a go-cart.
He suffered a spinal cord injury that requires him to use a wheelchair. After the accident, Shaw was depressed and didn’t like to do much.
Then he started playing competitive wheelchair basketball with the Tulsa Jammers.
Some Go for the Gold; Others Just Want to ‘Feel Normal Again’
CHICAGO — When Maryland native Keith Buckman regained consciousness in a Bethesda hospital last July, he knew he would never again play football, basketball or soccer, the sports he had loved growing up in Forestville. He barely survived a 2008 suicide bombing in Iraq’s Anbar province that killed 25 people, including three fellow Marines. His legs and one arm were shattered.
He never dreamed that a year later he would be training for the Paralympic Games, hoping for a berth in “mono-skiing” at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver or in wheelchair basketball at the 2012 Summer Games in London.
WASHINGTON, DC – More than 600 veterans with disabilities have signed up to compete in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games taking place July 13-18, 2009, in Spokane, WA. Now in its 29th year, the event has grown to become the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world. This year’s competitors come from 42 states, Puerto Rico and Great Britain.
“The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are sports and rehabilitation at their best for our brave heroes,” said Randy L. Pleva, Sr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “From quad rugby to handcycling, power soccer to wheelchair slalom, the Games are an exciting combination of competition, camaraderie and courage.”
Basketballs bounced, wheels turned and the whistle was blown for yesterday’s official kickoff of Barrie’s seventh annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion event.
The annual event, presented by Scotiabank, brings Canadians together to raise money and awareness to improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries.
“The goal is to bring awareness to wheels in motion and to people with disabilities,” Drew Rigden, athlete ambassador for Parasport Ontario, said yesterday in Barrie.
As head of the University of Pittsburgh’s Human Engineering Research Laboratory, Rory Cooper is helping to guide emerging technologies and treatments to improve mobility for people with physical disabilities.
But for Cooper, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 1980 while serving in the Army in Germany, inspiring others to see past their disabilities can be as rewarding as the latest medical advancement.