Thursday, April 1, 2010

Basketball on wheels

Posted By on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Wheelin and dealin
  • Wheelin' and dealin'.
When I got this e-mail from the city I was astonished: I had no idea that the Springs had anything so cool as a wheelchair basketball team.

Ever since "Murderball," the 2005 movie on rugby-playing wheelchair-users came out, I have had a whole new view of what can be done sitting down. (By the way, if you haven't seen the film, it's highly recommended.)

Anyway, turns out the Springs has its very own wheelchair basketball team, made up of kids and adults, which will be playing a Denver team at UCCS this Saturday.

Simply put: It takes a lot of skill to play basketball, but it takes even more skill to play basketball while also piloting a wheelchair. As far as I'm concerned, this is athleticism at its best.

Here's the info.:

Wheelchair Basketball Game
Colorado Springs Rangers D-3 vs. Denver Rolling Nuggets Varsity

On Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m., the Colorado Springs Rangers D-3 will tip-off against the Denver Rolling Nuggets Varsity team at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Events Center (1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway). The event is FREE and open to the public. (Park in lots 3 & 4; head up the stairway behind the Mountain Lion statue, which is near the glass tower.)
The Colorado Springs Rangers D-3 team consists of youth and adults with various physical disabilities and is part of the City of Colorado Springs Paralympic Sport Club program.

About City of Colorado Springs Paralympic Sport Club and Therapeutic Recreation Program: The City of Colorado Springs Therapeutic Recreation Program was officially designated a Paralympic Sport Club in July 2008 by U.S. Paralympics. As a Paralympic Sport Club, the Therapeutic Recreation Program provides club sport programs, Paralympic Academies, and sport clinics. Our vision is to provide sports opportunities that will help increase independence, self-esteem, physical development, and quality of life for adults and children with physical disabilities and through participation empower them to reach their full potential. For more information, visit www.SpringsGov.com.

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