Wheelchair Basketball at PCA

By: Webmaster|Date: Oct 14, 2014|Tags: School News

Join us this Saturday, October 18, for a very unique event taking place at PCA! From 11am until 2pm, you will have the opportunity to cheer for a youth wheelchair basketball double-header featuring the Michigan Rollin Pistons vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. PCA’s own Alcides Postma, an 8th grader, is playing his 5th season for the Michigan Rollin’ Pistons. The PCA girls volleyball team and other students will be volunteering so that this game can take place. The Rollin’ Pistons want you to experience adaptive sports and support their team.

The Michigan Rollin’ Pistons is a competitive wheelchair basketball team comprised of players from 7 through 18 years of age playing in two age divisions: Varsity (age 13 and over) and Prep (under 13). Because of the limited number of athletes with disabilities locally, the team travels within the Midwest United States to compete at tournaments. The team is part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA), which hosts a national tournament in April every year in a different city. Their most recent tournament took place in Louisville, KY where some 50+ youth and adult teams from all over the USA competed for national honors. The Michigan Rollin’ Pistons varsity team finished 4th and 13th in the nation in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons respectively. In 2013-2014, their Prep team finished 6th in the U.S. Learn more about the NWBA by visiting their website.

The benefits of youth sports are well known. Through athletics, youth gain increased self-confidence and self-esteem, increase physical fitness and overall wellness, learn responsibility, and develop better communication, and interpersonal relationships. Athletes who play for the Michigan Rollin’ Pistons are unable to participate in most local programs or any of their school sports teams. Adaptive sports programs allow these athletes to experience the same benefits as their able-bodied peers and get to meet and learn from others with the same abilities.

Wheelchair basketball players have the opportunity to play beyond high school as there are nine colleges in the United States that have wheelchair basketball teams and several offer athletic scholarships. In fact, a former Michigan Rollin’ Piston and Canton native, Correy Rossi, went on scholarship to the University of Illinois and is currently on the Pre-Olympic, U.S. National Under-23 team. One of their coaches, Tom Colwell, was an assistant coach for the 2012 US Men’s Paralympics Team that won a bronze medal participating in London, England.

You can learn more about the Michigan Rollin’ Pistons by liking them on Facebook or checking out their website. We hope to see you on Saturday cheering at their game!

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