Adaptive Sports

Getting Involved in Wheelchair Basketball

Girl sitting in a wheelchair holding a basketball on a basketball court

Are you interested in playing wheelchair basketball? It is fast-paced, competitive, and one of the most popular accessible sports in the United States. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) has 225 teams across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, and is the largest Disabled Sports Organization in the world. In 1949, Timothy Nugent founded …

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‘Different, But On My Terms’

Photo shows Ina adaptive skiing down a slope

Ina has faced challenges all her life, beginning with a polio diagnosis at just 18 months old. Her health issues often left her feeling marginalized, ostracized, and ignored, but her determination from an early age would set the stage for a life full of adventure! “By the time I had my first corrective surgery at …

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Dancing Wheels founder featured in new book, ‘Boss Ladies of CLE’

Mary Verdi-Fletcher in “La Vie En Rose,” choreographed by Mark Tomasic

For 40 years, Cleveland’s Mary Verdi-Fletcher has been an icon in the world of physically integrated dance as one of the first professional wheelchair dancers, and a leader in advocating for disability rights. Now, she is featured in a new book as one of the “Boss Ladies of CLE.”   The book by Maggie Sullivan tells the stories of twenty women who have …

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Dust Off Your Crown

Many non-profits across the country have gotten really creative during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is especially true of non-profits who serve those with disabilities. This August, the Ms. Wheelchair America Inc. was to hold their 49th annual Ms. Wheelchair America Competition in Little Rock, AR. With this year’s competition cancelled, the organization needed a way …

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