Wheelin’ the Chairs to the Hoops

Members of the 'Hawks,' a wheelchair basketball team visited Lincoln Elementary School to play a few games against students and teachers.  
Lincoln Elementary School basketball players take on the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association Hawks during a fascinating and fast game that proved athletes come in many shapes and sizes.  
Members of the Lincoln Elementary Girl's Basketball team get ready to take their turn against the Hawks. 
It's time for the teachers and Principal Walley to take their best shot at the Hawks! 

Ashleigh Simon, a Special Education teacher for Lincoln Elementary School had the opportunity to see the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association (LWSRA) basketball team play as a student teacher, and she knew she had to bring them to Lincoln this year.  “I think this is great for the students.  They can see that it doesn’t matter if they have a disability, they can do anything they put their minds to,” she said. 

A ‘hat and stuffed animal day’ at Lincoln earlier this month helped fund the very special event.  The entire school attended the assembly and got to watch classmates, who are members of the 5th grade CYO team, and their teachers play against the LWSRA Hawks.  

Keith Wallace, Executive Director of LWSRA, and coach of the Hawks was pleased to team members to the school.  “It brings awareness to kids who might not know that disabled students can, and do play sports,” he said.  “It opens their hearts and minds to something different.”

Mr. Wallace was joined by three players; Jackie, Jodi and Carly and Recreation Specialist in Adapted Sports for LWSRA, Katie Mager.  As the students filed into the gym they couldn’t help but be awed by the line of sport wheelchairs backed up to the stage.  As their classmates challenged the very fast and talented Hawks, the cheers were loud and frequent.  When the teachers took their turn in the wheelchairs the cheering was even louder and the applause deafening as Mrs. Boer made the first basket for the teachers. 

 In between the rousing competitions, Mr. Wallace answered questions from the students.  Students wanted to know why the wheels on the chairs were slanted.  He explained that slanting the wheels is called ‘camber’ and helps players turn and gives them stability and mobility.  Another student wanted to know why the seats on the wheelchairs were so low.  The seats are all 21” high, but some are slanted to allow for an individual fit that meets the physical needs of each player.  The customized chairs can cost between $3000 and $5000 a piece.  Many students wanted to know if it was hard or easy to play basketball in a wheelchair.  “It’s like any other sport,” said Mr. Wallace.  “It takes practice, practice, practice to get better.”

Following the games against students and teachers Mr. Wallace took a little more time to answer a few more questions and talk about the importance of LWSRA.  “We play all over Illinois and Indiana and we don’t just play basketball.  We have softball, skiing, swimming, track and field and more.  We are always looking for more kids who want to play, so if you know someone in a wheelchair who might like to play, you should be the one to start the conversation.  Tell them what you saw here today and if they’re interested have your teacher get in touch with me.” 

Mr. Wallace introduced one of his players, Carly who answered the question, “Why did you want to play?”  It was a good question and Carly was the perfect person to answer.  “I saw the game and saw that it was super fast and I thought to myself, I want to do that,” she said.  Carly, originally from Michigan, played wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois and will be leaving soon to attend graduate school in Boston where she will continue to play wheelchair basketball.

Keith Wallace has his own reasons for being involved.  His grandmother was a diabetic and lost a limb to the disease.  “I know she’s watching me,” he said.  “Therapeutic recreation is not just my passion, it’s my career.  I actually get paid to do this.  Not bad, huh.” he said with a laugh.

Not bad at all Mr. Wallace!  Thank you for sharing your positive message with the students of Lincoln.

Mission Statement:
 At Hanover Community School Corporation, we are:  Making a difference…realizing potential.


Vision Statement:


The Hanover Community School Corporation realizes the individuality of each student and is committed to providing a safe and positive atmosphere for learning. The collaboration of dedicated staff and the community allows Hanover Community School Corporation to create a literacy-rich environment and facilitate high quality instruction for all students. A challenging curriculum, well-equipped facilities and relevant technology optimize achievement, empowering all students to realize their potential for success in a global society.

Board approved April 17, 2012



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