My son is entering his 3rd season with the Dallas Jr Mavs. He was diagnosed at the age of 8 with Charcot- Marie -Tooth Disorder (CMT), a inhereited peripheral neuropathy. I began to see his weekening and inablity to keep up with his peers, and in his case the severity of his condition was that he started walking on the side of his left foot and it took lots of excertion on his part to walk. After surgery he now walks more comfortably, but with the constant support of braces on both legs. Being a part of the Dallas Wheelchair Mavs has allowed him to participate in a team sport along with exercising and staying active which I believe has delayed his CMT from becoming more severe. I smile when I think that these teens are the exceptions to wanting to sleep in on Saturday mornings, I know my son looks forward to getting up and practicing with his teammates. I cannot express enough how grateful our family is to all the coaches and parents who volunteer their time to keep this organization running, donating hours and hours of unpaid service. This year my son is a Senior and should be graduating in the top 10% of his class. Because this organization follows a no pass/no play policy it encouraged him to stay on top of his grades plus it's opened his eyes to the possibility of playing Wheelchair Basketball at the Collegiate Level. I believe my son has gained some lifelong friends and with the self confidence he now shows, he looks forward to continuing his education.
After my son suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 6, life as we knew it changed. We thought the days of competitive sports would be gone. But after joining the Dallas Jr. Wheelchair Mavericks at the age of 9, we soon discovered that he was still an athlete but he just had to participate in a different way. He soon changed from a shy child who didn't even think he liked basketball to a strong, athletic and confident young man who is looking forward to continuing competitive sports in college and even further in life. This organization has truly changed our lives. It is not only been absolutely my son's love in life but it's also been a tremendous support system for me as his parent. I would absolutely recommend this organization to others. It has truly been a blessing!
This organization provides critical recreation and sportive opportunities for youth with physical disabilities. These children do not have access to physical education and other youth sports as their able bodied peers do, which makes this organization so important for not only physical fitness, but also the development of social skills such as learning to work with a team, exploring leadership roles and self motivation. Wheelchair basketball has been an integral component of my son, Tyler's development. He participated for 10 years in junior wheelchair basketball, which provided him with the skill set to receive a competitive athletic scholarship, earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas Arlington. He has since earned a MS in Exercise Science and is employed in the UTA University College Advising Center, where he has recruited co-workers to join him in the employee wellness program, as he actively continues his personal pursuit for health, physical fitness and wellness. The "life lessons" he learned while playing in wheelchair basketball have enabled him to maximize his potential in many ways. He now "gives back" to the disabled community, volunteering with the UTA Movin' Mavs and serving as assistant coach for the US Army Wounded Warrior wheelchair basketball and track/field teams.
I am the varsity coach of the Dallas Jr. Mavs. The program has been a life changing experience. I was hurt at a very young age and wasn't offered many opportunities. This program offers many opportunities such as teamwork, build self-esteem, making new friends, academic opportunities, as well as the overall physical activity and well-being. Im very proud to say that Im a part of a program that offers many opportunities to the young disabled community.
My daughter is a twin with cerebral palsy and spend most of her time in a wheelchair. Her sister is an able body. She has always loved sports, but could not play until she learned about wheelchair basketball. It has been a life saver for me. I didn't know how protective I was of her until she joined the team. These past few years she has grown into her own. I've grown as a parent as well. I didn't think that I could ever let her out of my sight, now because of the DJWM's she is thinking of moving out of state for college. I appreciate all that the coach's have done for us and couldn't imagine our lives with out wheelchair basketball.
What a blessing to have this organization in my family's life! My son, Hollis, was born without legs in 1994. His very rare disability is called Proximal Focal Fomilia Deficiency (PFFD). As he grew, like all young kids, he wanted to play sports and be active and involved with other kids. We had quite a challenge finding something that he could participate in and enjoy. From the very first practice he went to as an elementary aged kid with the Dallas Jr. Wheelchair Mavericks, we were hooked! He loved the program and coaches! We have now been with them throughout many of his school years. Hollis is a senior in high school this year and is the "Big Man" on the team with a wingspan of 6'6"! As he looks toward college and what the future holds, we embrace the possibility of a full scholarship to college for him to play adult wheelchair basketball. What an amazing opportunity that would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of everyone in this organization. ALL of the coaches and board members are 100% volunteers! Every dollar given goes directly to support the kids and the goals of this wonderful nonprofit organization. My heart is full when I think of all the wonderful people that pour themselves into this group and the impact it has on every kid involved. And even though my son will graduate this coming spring, I am confident my relationship with them will continue.
My son has been a member of the Dallas Junior Wheelchair Mavericks for the past 8 years. It has been in incredibly positive experience for my son and our family. My son has always enjoyed sports but because of his disability (spina bifida), he has been limited as to what he can participate in. When he was 11, he joined the team and immediately took to the sport. He graduated from high school this year (2012) and will attend the University of Illinois in the fall to play wheelchair basketball at the collegiate level. His education will be fully funded.
The Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks Program gave him the skills and confidence to succeed on the basketball court, but more importantly, it gave him the ability to approach his life with confidence. The coaches and volunteers do an excellent job of motivating the athletes regardless of their skill level or disability. Everyone feels that they are part of the team. Everyone encourages one another. Most of the volunteers have disabilities themselves. They are great role models for the kids to see that they can succeed in life and be successful adults regardless of the challenges they face.
Teams have the opportunity to compete with other regional teams in Texas and Oklahoma. If they qualify, they also get the opportunity to go to the National Championships and compete with teams from across the nation. It is very inspiring to watch what these kids can accomplish. As with anything, there are expenses involved with playing on the team locally and also with traveling to compete with other teams. Many of the families do not have the means to support such expenses. Supporting this organization will help make it possible for more of the athletes to have the full experience of wheelchair basketball including traveling to compete with other teams. When the teams travel, it gives the athletes a chance to be noticed by college coaches and recruiters…giving them the opportunity to receive a college education while playing wheelchair basketball.
We appreciate this organization and what it stands for. It has changed my sons life.
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