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Review for North Texas Wheelchair Basketball Conference, Dallas , TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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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