Wheelchair Basketball Team Faces Unexpected Challenge - FOX 35 News Orlando

Wheelchair Basketball Team Faces Unexpected Challenge

Posted: Updated:

A team of disabled basketball players are back on the court after facing an unexpected challenge.

FOX's Lauren Blanchard has the story.

Wheelchair Basketball is one of the most popular sports for athletes with disabilities, but for the Iowa Chairiots, the game came to a halt this past December.

Thirteen of their special sport wheelchairs were stolen and now they are trying to replace them.

"Sometimes people don't think we can do the same things as other people, ya know, until they actually come out and watch us," said Tasha Degrotte.

"It stopped us temporarily but we'll be back on the court in no time," said Jayden Barrett, Director of Sport Ability said.

The chairs are worth almost $50,000 and no one has been arrested for the theft.

The team now has to travel hours to play at other facilities and borrow equipment from other groups.

It's important to have the right equipment when you play. These chairs are special for a few different reasons. First the wheels are angled much wider than a normal chair. There's a wheel in the back to prevent tipping and there's a strap here to keep the players in.

"If I'm gonna go run a marathon, do I want to run a marathon in running shoes or do I want to run a marathon in hiking boots? It's the same concept. These people do not want to play wheelchair basketball in their everyday wheelchairs," said Mike Boone, Director of Adaptive Sports.

In just a few months, they have raised $30,000 thousand dollars and a California based group donated four brand new chairs. It's almost enough to replace everything.

"When this first happened we had a meeting and we were like this is going to take years to get this money back but we're gonna do it, and somehow by the grace of god years turned into months and we don't know how it happened but we just can't say thank you enough," Barrett said.

The sport wheelchairs are being ordered now and soon the team will be back on their home court.

Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices