This past Saturday, the Medical University of South Carolina physical therapy students organized the first annual Shots With A Spin wheelchair basketball tournament. This tournament was unlike a regular wheelchair basketball tourney in that the participants were able-bodied and had the chance to see what it is like to play from a wheelchair.
The Charleston Battery, Charleston’s soccer team, the Navy, MUSC 2nd year physical therapy students
City of Charleston Fire Department and MUSC College of Health Professions research faculty were among the organizations that had teams in the event.
The North Charleston Hurricanes and the Columbia Rolling Thunder, two nationally-ranked wheelchair basketball teams played an exhibition game to show the competitive nature of wheelchair basketball.
In addition to basketball, there was an information fair and kids’ carnival. The South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association, disAbility Resource Center and Palmetto Animal Assistance Life Services were among the organizations that provided material about their services at the information fair.
There was a moment of silence to remember Marine 2nd Lt. Almar LaRon Fitzgerald, who died in the war in Iraq. The Charleston Nine, firefighters who died while fighting a fire June 18, 2007, were remembered along with the North Charleston Hurricanes coach, John Friend, who passed away earlier this year.
Several adapted vehicles were on display, including my van. The newly-designed MV-1 was also on site. The MV-1 is the only vehicle that comes completely wheelchair accessible from the factory.
I had the honor of being the MC and working with Steven Sloan, who provided the music. It was great to see such a huge turnout by the community!
Achieving Wheelchair Equality (AWE), a local nonprofit, promotes equal access to recreation for people with disabilities. Some of the sporting activities that AWE offers include water skiing, tennis and basketball.