Thursday, December 5, 2019

Tag: Wheelchair Basketball

HELPING HANDS

Published: August 16, 2005

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.

Event raises awareness about spinal cord injuries

Published: June 12, 2005

14269-5216It 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.

Work on wheels: Disproving the myths of disability

Published: April 9, 2005

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.

Orinda native starts for U.S. Paralympic team

Published: July 31, 2004

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.”

Paralympic athletes shooting for awareness

Published: July 27, 2004

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.

ATHENS, Here we come!

Published: July 16, 2004

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.

Award is presented annually to someone who has been instrumental

Published: March 17, 2004

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.

Shooting for the STARZ

Published: March 10, 2004

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.

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA)

Published: February 21, 2004

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.

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