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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Basketball, Children & Youth, Health, Health Care, Sports, Youth Development Programs

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 honors/achievements 2012 The Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award - 2012 Coach JT Dr. Robert Szyman Leadership Award - 2012 Coach Michelle 2011 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 2010 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

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Steve50

Board Member

Rating: 5

When your child is confined to a wheelchair, nothing brings more joy than to see them active and fully engaged in something they love and look forward to doing. Since joining the program over 9 years ago, the Jr Mavs have been the center of our daughter's universe. She has made friends with kids facing similar life challenges. She has benefited from the friendship and leadership of volunteer coaches who are dedicated to helping kids experience all that wheelchair basketball has to offer. These are adults who can share how they overcame difficulties of life in a wheelchair, some of whom are world class athletes, representing the USA in the Paralympics. It has kept our daughter physically active and challenged. She has traveled across the country and made friends with kids from Seattle to Denver to Chicago. The Dallas Jr Wheelchair Mavs have helped our daughter in ways that far exceeded our expectations. Also, there is a place in the program for children with greatly differing disabilities, from barely able to push a wheelchair to highly competitive kids with strong upper bodies. They all help and support each other. This is a truly great nonprofit!!

Shannon27

Board Member

Rating: 5

My daugher is 16 years old and has Spina Bifida. She has always been a very active child and loves social play. As she moved into 3rd and 4th grade, her social world started to become smaller and smaller. Yes, she had friends at school; however the conversations were different than when she was with other kids with similiar differences. Her peers with disabiliites knew and understood a life her typical developing peers would never understand. She did not fit in the world of those with cognative impairments and was struggling to find full participation in those without walking differences. The Dallas Jr Mavericks was our answers. She plays for the fun of being with and talking to a group of kids just like her. They are stiving to just be kids and the team is a place in which is can be 100% open with others just like her. She has meet and is texting freinds with kids all over the USA. She is not going to play in college, she does not play every game, she plays to be a part of a group. As a parnet I love the education emphasis. Her personal team goal this year is to make the AB honor roll. Her skill goal, to be able to make a free throw. This organization has helped her be a happier person who strives to achieve goals. I am a board member so this great organization will be here for others for years to come.