March Mobility Madness Tournament Highlights Wheelchair Basketball Athletes

Bismarck - Athletes filled Mandan Middle School for the March Mobility Madness event. 

The event was held by the Dreams in Motion organization, a program that allows people with disabilities, from ages 2-25, to participate in sporting events.

"Regardless of us playing in wheelchairs or having disabilities, it's a sport," Christina Schwab, speaker and college wheelchair Basketball Coach, says.
 
The gym was buzzing with athletes and coaches ready to sink every shot.
 
One player says getting to play sports growing up was always a dream and Dreams in Motion made that a reality.
 
"Being born with cerebral palsy and growing up you don't really fit into able-bodied sports and I could never really play able-bodied sports, I couldn't keep up," Hope Magelay, Dreams in Motion board Member and participant says. 
 
But now, that's not the case. But she does say, it is harder than it looks.
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"Especially shooting, oh my goodness, like the arm strength it takes," Magelay says.
 
Magley isn't the only player in the gym who loves the competition. Hunter's Roughriders, a team in the tournament,  came to play.
 
"I didn't know what to expect they just came out threw me a chair and I had so much fun I kept coming back," Hunter Berreth, Dreams in Motion participant says.
 
He says the best part of the program is everyone gets to play. 
 
"Four of our guys have never played from wheelchairs before, they're stand-up athletes, but they've never played wheelchair before, so it's a great equalizer for us," Berreth says.
 
The team behind the wheelchair basketball tournament says they hope tournaments like these make the public aware of all they have to offer.
 
"It's very important I think for youth with disabilities to be active in anything," Schwab says.  
 
Not only does she coach for the University of Wisconsin Whitewater women's team, but she's also a five-time Paralympian.
 
"Once I got involved I learned all of those things and I set my bar high. And I think a lot of kids do that once they get involved," Schwab says. 
 
She says wheelchair basketball will become more mainstream when the focus is on building up players. 
 
"It's great to get out there and feel like you're a competitive athlete," Magelay says.
 
 

 


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