Mission: Our mission is to offer a competitive and recreational atmosphere in which children with disabilities can have a happier and healthier lifestyle.
The Dallas Junior Wheelchair Mavericks use basketball to develop sportsmanship, social competence, and the self-confidence necessary for children and teens with physical challenges to be dynamic members of their community.
Results: The Dallas Junior Wheelchair Mavericks is one of the largest wheelchair basketball programs in the Nation and is run by an all volunteer staff.
The teams have received the following
The Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award - 2012 Coach JT
Dr. Robert Szyman Leadership Award - 2012 Coach Michelle
National Wheelchair Basketball Championship Tournament - JNIT Division 2011 Champions
National Wheelchair Basketball Championship Tournament - Prep Division 2011 - Champions
The Courage Center Award of Merit for Outstanding Leadership - 2011 Coach Michelle Coach
The Courage Center Award of Merit for Outstanding Leadership - 2011 Coach JT
National Wheelchair Basketball Championship Tournament - JNIT Division 2010 Champions
Target demographics: The disabled youth population of North Texas will be positively impacted by this program. The organizational focal point is Kids; Kids - who have and are overcoming life challenges. Kids - who just need a support group to encourage, assist and problem-solve with them the unique challenges of growing up with a disability. Kids - who by the nature of their disability and cognitive strengths are unique and live somewhat isolated until a child with similar challenges is identified. Kids - who due to their disability and economic situation need opportunities to rise above their circumstances.
Geographic areas served: North Texas, Dallas, Forth Worth, Texas
Programs: The Dallas Junior Wheelchair Mavericks offers 4 teams; with both recreational and competitive levels of play. To be eligible for play for the Dallas Jr Wheelchair Mavs, a player must have an irreversible lower extremity disability, such as paralysis, amputation, limb shortening, partial to full joint alkalosis or joint replacement, which consistently interferes with functional mobility
Randy Smith, Sales Manager for Lift-Aids, Inc. - Our company has sponsored the Jr. Mavs for the past 2 years and have found the organization extemely dedicated to the kids and families. I have personally worked with all members, have participated in the tournaments and can't say enough of each of their individual efforts in making the Jr. Mavs a first class organizations for kids. They invite all who can participate, they make sure all kids are active and having fun. I am proud to be a part of the Jr. Mavs.
I am a pediatric therapist and just want to take a moment and let you guys know how much these kids benefit from wheelchair basketball. These kids are developing so much more than basketball skills. They are developing coordination, strength, problem solving and learning teamwork. These kids have gone thru so much yet they have so much to give back to. I love this team and the spirit of the kids who play this sport.