My View Through the Lens

I had the opportunity to capture photos of two amazing events this past weekend. First, Rev. Clamenta Pinckney’s funeral at the TD Arena was very powerful. Second, I snapped pictures at Shots with a Spin with physical therapy students from MUSC.

Rev. Pinckney’s Funeral

The choir at Rev. Pinckney's funeral.

The choir at Rev. Pinckney’s funeral.

It was inspirational to be among the thousands of people who attended Rev. Clamenta Pinckney’s funeral. The love and support shown by people from around the country was amazing. The TD Arena was filled to capacity with individuals of different backgrounds and religious beliefs to exemplify the unity within our communities.

President Obama delivering the eulogy.

President Obama delivering the eulogy.

President Barack Obama spoke about that unity and said we will overcome this tragedy through grace. From the choirs singing gospel hymns to President Obama leading ‘Amazing Grace,’ there was definitely an uplifting spirit while we celebrated the life of Rev. Pinckney.

Shots with a Spin 2015

Gilbert Smith coaching a team on wheelchair basketball.

Gilbert Smith coaching a team on wheelchair basketball.

The 4th annual Shots with a Spin wheelchair basketball tournament took place this past Saturday. The MUSC Department of Physical Therapy students organize this event to support Achieving Wheelchair Equality athletic events.

The bracket-style competition features able-bodied players using sports wheelchairs to play basketball. The winning teams advance until there is a champion! In addition to the novice wheelchair athletes, two official wheelchair basketball teams compete against each other in an exhibition game. The North Charleston Hurricanes played against the Port City Spokesmen from Wilmington, N.C.

Tip-off of the championship game.

Tip-off of the championship game.

This event is always a lot of fun and showcases the talents of many wheelchair athletes.

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About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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