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Alabama Adapted Booster Club raising money to produce documentary about student wheelchair basketball players

Two wheelchair basketball teams on the court posing The 2014/2015 Alabama Adapted Wheelchair Basketball Teams. Image credit: Alabama Adapted Booster Club
Wheelchairs under the bus prior to departure.  Image credit: Alabama Adapted Athletics

Wheelchairs under the bus prior to departure. Image credit: Alabama Adapted Athletics

Alabama Adapted Booster Club is US$3,262 into their goal of raising US$10,000 on Kickstarter  to produce a series of documentary videos following a season in the lives of 19 students athletes at the University of Alabama as they come together to become a team.  The Boosters are hoping to find people to donate to raise the remaining funds during the next week.

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According to their Kickstarter page, their goal “Our in producing this documentary is to bring attention to the sport of wheelchair basketball as well as show the viewer what it means to be an athlete in a competitive disability sport. Many people are unaware of just how hard these individuals work in order to be the best at their sport or that sports for people with disabilities can be just as competitive as able bodied sports. We want to change that mindset.”

 

As of this weekend, Alabama’s women have won 11 of their 13 games, only losing to the Lakeshore Foundation team on October 18 by a score of 52 – 54, and a loss to Quebec on December 8 by a score of 56 – 60.  Their next scheduled games are January 16 and 17 in Witchita, Kansas where they will play the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Texas Arlington and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.

 

The men’s  team came into the season with a new head coach, Ford Burttram and few returning veterans. The men’s team has played fifteen games so this season, dropping six of them. Their most recent loss was to Quebec on December 8, where they lost 55 – 59. Their next competition is also in Witchita, Kansas where they will play University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Southwest Minnesota State University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, University of Missouri, University of Texas Arlington and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.

 

The women’s roster includes Savannah Gardner, Mackenzie Soldan, Cobi Crispin, Maude Jacques, Karolina Lingyte, Caitlin McDermott, Brittany Gustafson, Elissa Robinson, Laurie Williams, and Cindy Ouellett. The team is stacked with talent. Crispin is a member of the Australia women’s national team, while Ouellett is a member of the Canadian women’s team.

 

The men’s roster is also stacked with talent, including Dequel Robinson, Jannik Blair, Chris Bacon, Jordan Bartley, Justin Obermyer, Ryan Morich, Sean Burns, Shaun Castle, and James Cook. Blair is a member of the Australian men’s national team.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

1 Comment on Alabama Adapted Booster Club raising money to produce documentary about student wheelchair basketball players

  1. Tina Castle // January 1, 2015 at 3:45 am // Reply

    My son Shaun castle was taught to be the best of your ability no matter what you are doing. His love of sports brought him to this avenue of being able to play !!!!!!!!!

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