Every year, the Department of Physical Therapy at MUSC supports a local organization to promote disability awareness. The Class of 2013 has chosen to support Achieving Wheelchair Equality (AWE) and created an event called Shots With A Spin. The event will be held June 16 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at McAlister Field House at The Citadel.
The day’s festivities include a bracket-styled tournament between able-bodied players in wheelchairs. Businesses and other organizations are encouraged to participate and create teams for the basketball contest. During the tournament, the North Charleston Hurricanes will play an exhibition game agaist the Columbia Rolling Thunder, both nationally-ranked wheelchair basketball teams.
In addition to basketball, an information fair will feature modified vehicles for people in wheelchairs. Other resources and programs will be available to help people with disabilities live more fulfilling lives. A kids carnival will provide entertainment throughout the day.
Bethany Clark, a second year physical therapy student, has been working with a few of her classmates to organize the event. She has enjoyed the opportunity to see how people live their lives beyond their disability. Bethany hopes that Shots With A Spin will educate the community and bring more awareness to disability-related issues.
If you are interested in supporting Shots With A Spin, visit their pages on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve been asked to be the emcee for the games and other activities. I’m looking forward to the event and hope to see you there!
Here is a video about AWE.