I recently met a group of inspirational kids who use wheelchairs for transportation. These people allowed a single sport to change their lives: wheelchair basketball. They call themselves the NY Rolling Fury. This basketball league is very similar to regular basketball. Teams are extremely competitive. Chris Bacon, the coach of the NY Rolling Fury, said, "You can smell the rubber from the tires burning against the floor." The team travels long distances to play against other teams.
The kids on the team range in age from 6 to 18 years old and have a variety of disabilities, including being amputees or having cerebral palsy or other genetic disorders. Being a part of a team like this has many benefits for these kids. It gets them in better shape physically, helps the younger kids meet other kids in similar situations and enhances their mood.
However, playing on the team does not come without a cost. The kids endure difficult travel, and the sport requires a special wheelchair that costs about $2,000. Many of the players use borrowed wheelchairs.
This team is made up of kids who don't let anything get in the way of having fun and doing what they love. Watching them play was a pleasure. When a ball went in the basket, they all cheered enthusiastically.