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North Texas Wheelchair Basketball Conference

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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

2 Anita E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is has been a wheelchair user since the age of 3. Not until the age of 7 when he joined The Dallas Jr Wheelchair Mavericks did he began to push himself in his wheelchair. First Season he started pushing himself. Second Season in practice he was able to push half court. Now into the Third Season he is able to push full court. The social interaction with other people like him has helped him tremendously. From the coaches who volunteer their time,all the parent involvement,Board of Director, and friendships with teammates all has contributed to a great organization. Thank you!

3 Dana N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the mother of a girl with Spina Bifida, as well as two other girls and two boys. Children are a great blessing and it is a splendid thing to watch them grow and learn and dream. We live in a rural community south of the Dallas area. Unfortunately, we found that there were not many opportunities for our daughter, Sarah, to play competitively with other children her age anywhere near our hometown. I did not realize at the time how important such a thing is. Sarah began to spend lot of time alone. She became very withdrawn, began to gain weight, her grades dropped, her self-esteem was not anywhere near what it was as a young child, and she was generally unhappy. This was very distressing and I began to research groups that would allow my handicapped daughter to experience the joy of competition with other children. Moreover, I wanted her to be challenged, and get her heart rate up, and push herself, and see that she was quite capable of playing like any other child; losing and winning, growing, and dreaming.
We became a part of the Dallas Jr. Wheelchair Mavs when Sarah was in 5th grade. It is one of the greatest things that we have ever been involved with. In fact, we drive nearly 2 and a half hours one-way each week to practice. Sarah wakes up at 4:30 am each Saturday so that she can go, and she is happy to do so because it is a highlight of her week. She has become a smiling, healthy child through her participation on this team of peers through challenges and encouragement and learning. She now dreams of college and has a better perspective on life in general. She is no longer this child who sits on the sidelines of life. She is a player and part of the game, and this is a wonderful blessing indeed.
This organization is run by parents just like me. We arent rich monetarily, but rich in experience and appreciation for children and every single obstacle conquered and the help we have along the way. It is not easy for us to come up with funds to pay for so much travel. Most every week, there is some child on the team who is in the hospital for surgery or illness. Though we don't often talk about it, all of us have financial struggles. A child with special needs requires many special things. So, thank you. Thank you so much for reading this review, for considering donating to a cause such as this, and for caring to learn more about such an awesome organization as the Dallas Junior Wheelchair Mavs. It has changed my daughter's life. Our whole family is very, very grateful for this team.
Sincerely, Dana Neal

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