Thanks to a Walmart Giving grant of $750, CHD’s All In: Barrier-Free Recreation program will be able to purchase a sports wheelchair for its newly restarted wheelchair basketball program.
A sports wheelchair differs from a regular wheelchair in that its wheels are angled outward to make it easier to turn, and it doesn’t have brakes.
“These chairs are just used for sports—mainly on the court,” said Jessica Levine, program director for All In, which provides recreational activities for adults and children with disabilities.
Until its recent rebound, All In’s wheelchair basketball program had been on pause for a few years. It had been popular in the past, so Levine made it her mission to get the sport going again. “At the end of last year, we were able to secure a gym at Smith College, and we wound up with a wonderful coach to lead the practices,” she said.
At present, they are holding practices for people aged six and older at Smith College on Sunday mornings.
“I am beyond excited to start this program back up again,” said Levine. “We’ve been getting many requests for wheelchair basketball, and we are finally able to make it happen.”