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Wheelchair basketball team seeking players in Lexington

Games begin in October

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2015) — Lexington Parks and Recreation and Aging and Disability Services and Easter Seals Cardinal Hill are seeking players 16 years of age and older to participate on the “Hill on Wheels” team. To be eligible, athletes must have an objective and measurable permanent physical impairment in their lower limbs that prevents them from running, jumping and pivoting.

ShowImage.aspxPlayers do not have to have any experience with wheelchair basketball. The focus of the program is recreational participation and being exposed to a new activity. Interested players are encouraged to come observe and participate. Coaches and players are available to answer any questions or assist with skill development and participation.

Practices take place from 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the Charles Young Center Gym, 540 East Third St. Those interested in participating or learning more about the sport should show up on a practice night. Specialized sport chairs are available.

Games are played October through April. Regular and post season tournaments are played locally, regionally and nationally.

“Wheelchair basketball gives you a chance to still be competitive,” said Mason Wilson, a member of the Hill on Wheels team. “It gives you the opportunity to interact with people who are going through some of the same issues you are dealing with.”

Founded in 2002, Hill on Wheels basketball team is a community-based team that provides an opportunity for individuals with a permanent lower extremity disability to play basketball in a recreation and/or competitive environment.

Hill on Wheels is a Division III member of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. The team has been extremely successful in its short history, capturing its first Division III National Championship Title in 2008.

For more information contact Cindy Jacobelli at [email protected] or 859-254-5701 ext. 5642.