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.
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.