Non-Profit Helps Athletes One Chair at a Time

Published 09/18 2013 07:52AM

Updated 09/23 2013 09:45AM

One chair and a chance.

"We want to just give them a chance to compete instead of just sitting on the sideline or in the bleachers watching their fellow classmates compete," Joe Chris Rodriguez said of this new non-profit.  

One Chair at a Time aims to give sportchairs to atheltes in the Panhandle.

According to Rodriguez, it's a cost not covered by insurance and the chairs run between 2,000 and 6,000 dollars. 

The group is just getting started, but they're eager to provide opportunities for these kids in the Panhandle.

"I think it would be cool to have a bunch of kids, you know here in the Panhandle playing sports,  playing basketball, playing tennis, you know doing tri-athalons, racing wheelchairs. I think it would be cool because there's just nothing like that here," Chance Field, a board member said. 

These guys don't just want to provide chairs. They plan to mentor kids as well, with the hopes that wheelchair sports can grow here on the High Plains.

"As you're competing, as people know that play sports, it gives you, makes you feel good about yourself, gives you that opportunity to be a part of a team ...and gives them, you know a goal in life, and when you have goals in life, and you set them, it makes everything easier," Rodriguez said.

Making a little easier for these athletes to participate, one chair at a time. To learn more about the organization and you can help, visit the website, or check them out on Facebook.

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