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
I work in rehab and wheechair basketball is a GREAT activity for strenthening and endurance to assist with daily activities. It is also a good activity for socialization and support with other children in wheelchairs.
I am a pediatric occupational therapist and wheelchair basketball is a great way to facilitate the development of eye hand coordination, ocular tracking, upper extremity strenth, social interaction and the child's self-esteem.
I love this team!! My son is part of the prep team, and he enjoys all the activities associated with the team; from practice to tournaments. We are very blessed to have so much support from all the team members, and coaches. I can definitely say that for some of the kiddos it has become more than just a basketball team; it is a place where they have created long lasting friendships, and unforgettable memories. They learn patience, understanding, and acceptance. They are free from any bias, and are encouraged to reach their maximum potential. I have been a witness to all this, and I hope that i continue to be a part of a program that enhances the lives of all team members.