Wheelchair Basketball Game

Wheelchair Basketball Game

Many athletes hit the court using wheels to will their team to a win, and bring awareness to a local charity.
It was hard to find an open seat in the Bushland High School Gym this afternoon, as the stands were filled with screaming fans.

But it wasn't like any other game.

Vice President of One Step at a Time Jodie Coker says, "we're just looking to spread awareness of the sports that are availalbe for people in wheelchairs and disabled individuals, and help to raise money so that our kids can get their own chairs and be able to compete in events around the world."

Coker tells us their goal is to raise enough money so they can start to buy sport wheelchairs for kids 13-20.

Coker says besides trying to raise money and bring awareness, events like this help to remind kids with disabilities that they aren't alone.

She says, "it helps with your self esteem and your ability to just see yourself as more than a person in a wheelchair."

Some familiar faces took to the court.

Our very own Andy Justus and Jackie Kingston came to have fun, and win.

We talked to one player and she tells us what palying in the game means to her.

Emily Hilbish says, "sometimes you just feel like you're left out.  But with this program and being in sports you're with friends and you feel equal to all of your peers."

Hilbish says the community support didn't go unnoticed and she's not the only one.

We talked with another athlete who tells us the about the impact the cheering fans can have on these kids.

Joe Chris Rodriguez says, "when somebody believes in you it makes you want to work that much harder.  We're just trying to show these kids through hard work, good things happen."

Many people in the community helped out to make the event happen, including Pampa mayor Brad Pingel and the Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association brought in basketball chairs.

To find more information on One Chair at a Time, head over to www.onechairatatime.org
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