Tag: Wheelchair Basketball
Wheelchair basketball is played in accordance with NCAA rules with very few exceptions. These exceptions are:
PLAYER: An individual who, because of permanent, severe leg Disability of paralysis of the lower portion of the body, will benefit through participation in wheelchair basketball and who would be denied the opportunity to play basketball were it not for the wheelchair adaptation, is eligible.
WHEELCHAIR: The height of the seat must not exceed 21″ from rubber foam is permitted (2″ maximum thickness for Class III players and 4″ maximum thickness for all other players). A heel strap of 1’/2″ width (minimum) must be attached to the foot.
It was just as the race master yelled “go!” over the loudspeaker that a looming grey cloud opened up and dumped a torrent of fat raindrops onto people riding bikes, steering wheelchairs, running, walking and rollerblading around Griffiths Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The downpour, which quickly created puddles all over the track, didn’t stop the approximately 100 people who turned out for Saskatoon’s third annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion, an event to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries and to raise money for research and assistance for persons with disabilities.
As a Physical Therapy student in the 1970s, Thomas Holtackers learned to help individuals overcome injuries that interfered with their daily functioning.
Now a Physical Therapist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., Holtackers supplements what he learned in school with insights gained from personal experience.
In the few spare moments she’s had this summer, Jennifer Howitt has managed to check out some of ESPN’s “sports” offerings.
“A few weeks ago, it was the National Spelling Bee,” she said, “and then there was this hot-dog eating contest.”
Don’t pity the women on the USA Wheelchair Basketball team.
That’s the message from South University’s Mary Vacala, appointed to the medical staff for the Paralympic Games in Greece this September.
The Paralympic Games is a parallel competition for athletes with disabilities and takes place about two weeks after the Olympics.
MODESTO — When Paraplegic athlete Darwin Holmes touched the wall at the America’s Center pool in St. Louis, he had a feeling his time was fast.
A casual glance over his shoulder at the rest of the field told him his time was fast — probably one of the fastest-ever by a paraplegic swimmer.
Joe Thieringer, left, of Westmont receives the Daniel C. Sullivan Teambuilder Award from Dan Sullivan, right, of Pennsauken, at the recent Sullivan Wheelchair Basketball Classic tournament in Philadelphia.
The award is presented annually to someone who has been instrumental in developing competitive sports programs for athletes with disabilities.
Roll! Shoot! Score! By Jill Cueni-Cohen
Ordinary basketball takes on a whole new dimension when it’s played by teams in wheelchairs.
“Wheelchair basketball really is a game of inches,” said Diana Helt, 19, as she strapped herself into a wheelchair built specifically for playing basketball. The chair lacks handles and is able to make hairpin turns and quick stops.
NWBA MISSION STATEMENT
A Winning Strategy
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is the nation’s oldest and largest Disability sport organization. Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NWBA is a non-profit organization which serves as the national governing body for men’s, women’s and youth wheelchair basketball in the United States.