Bennett has a great history in wheelchair basketball. That was emphasized in 2016 when we held a 25th consecutive tournament in the Greenspring Avenue gym. It was wonderful to see so many program alumni back for the festivities, many with their spouses and own children with them. There has been a big influx of young, new players and there’s lots of energy in the gym these days. If you’re interested in adaptive sports remember that wheelchair basketball isn’t just for wheelchair users. Many of the athletes are ambulatory and use the wheelchair just for playing basketball. Our kids can attest to the fact that it is a fast paced, challenging and fun game enjoyed by all. Our parents can attest to the fact that their children get stronger and more independent thanks to the effort and focus they put into the sport.
Fall 2016 Update: The Bennett Blazers Wheelchair Basketball teams are in the gym gearing up for a great season. Our team goal is the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament held March 29th -April 2nd, 2017 in Lexington, KY.
Our athletes were particularly inspired by the Paralympic gold medal performances of both the women’s and men’s national teams. Six Blazers have been attending summer basketball camp at the University of Illinois where they have benefited from the great coaching of Team USA women’s head coach Stephanie Wheeler. Blazer Nation was thrilled to see two Blazer alums, Gail Gaeng and Jenn Poist, on the Team USA team that took home the gold.