Wheelchair Basketball Clinic kicks off 8-week program

With the aim of spreading the skills that define wheelchair basketball athlete and coach Paul Weiland’s time on the basketball court, the Center for Human Development is kicking off a wheelchair basketball clinic in West Springfield.

The clinic is led by Weiland, a certified health and physical education teacher who and has an adaptive physical education certification. He works as adapted sports program coordinator for Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, has coached wheelchair basketball at the high school and college levels, and was part of the U.S. Paralympics wheelchair basketball selection committee in 2008.

“We’re thrilled to have Paul Weiland running our wheelchair basketball clinic,” said Jessica Levine, program manager for CHD Disability Resources. “He is passionate about helping individuals of all abilities realize their full potential on the field of play and in life. Like every Disability Resources program, this wheelchair basketball clinic enables people to focus on what they can do, as individuals and as teammates.”

Weiland will be supported by volunteer staff including therapeutic recreation students from Springfield College and varsity basketball players from Springfield College and American International College.

While the program welcomed the community to it’s first clinic on Feb. 20, the 8-week clinic starts on Friday. Those interested in getting more involved with wheelchair basketball can sign up for the program offered through West Springfield Disability Resources.

The program is offered Fridays from March 3 to May 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the PACE Gym, 69 Capital Dr., West Springfield. The cost is $12 for members and $35 for non-members.

People seeking more information about wheelchair basketball in West Springfield or interested in signing up for programs may contact Levine at 413-788-9695.

Article and video originally appeared on MassLive on March 02, 2017. By Republican Photo Desk. For more photos, please go to http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/03/wheelchair_basketball_clinic_i.html#incart_river_home

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