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Friday, May 12, 2017

Liberty Middle Basketball Team Gets Lesson in Playing Game From Wheelchairs

Posted by John Peck in General

Liberty Middle School held a scrimmage game between the boys basketball team and a wheelchair team.
The catch?
The regular team had to play in wheelchairs also.

The scrimmage was at the suggestion of Evan Lott, a 7th grade Liberty Middle student who plays on a youth wheelchair basketball team that made it into the national championships this year. The wheelchair team is under the direction of UAH's Ability Sports Network which is an adapted youth sports league focused on middle and high school kids with functional limitations from disabilities. Fellow Liberty classmate Darian Ross also plays on the wheelchair team.

The idea for a scrimmage surfaced when Liberty students were brainstorming ways to honor their two students on the championship wheelchair team. The scrimmage was a way for the student body to see a game, and for the regular boys basketball team to experience shooting and playing from a wheelchair.
The coach, David Kyle, brought enough wheelchairs for the non handicapped boys to play from.
WAFF48 did their morning news casts from Liberty Middle on Thursday to promote Thursday's game.
Here is a link to WHNT-19s' coverage.  http://whnt.com/2017/05/11/middle-school-athletes-learn-how-to-play-wheelchair-basketball/
WZDX Fox 54 (www.rocketcitynow.com) also covered.

coaches with wheelchair player practicing in backgrnd

48 news reporter Jake Berent, UAH Coach David Kyle, Liberty Middle Coach Mike Harper;

Liberty Middle student Evan Lott from the wheelchair team practicing in background.

 

 

 

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