Wheelchair Basketball Offers New Perspective

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URBANDALE, Iowa -- Shooting hoops is hard enough. Add an extra challenge, and taking the court takes on a whole new meaning. Courage League Sports is hosting its first 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament with a twist. You must play from a wheelchair.

While shooting hoops, Courage League Sports Recreation Program Assistant Brittany Michael said, "I've only been playing for 20 minutes, and I have blisters. So you think of these kids and adults who are in wheelchairs 24/7, it gives you a real perspective on how they live life and how they enjoy recreation and stuff."

Former Fort Dodge standout and Iowa Hawkeye Basketball star Wade Lookingbill has signed on to participate, along with other past college players. Lookingbill said, "We're going to have a 3-point contest and dunk contest. We're actually going to get in the chairs and play with and against some of the athletes, so it will be a terrific day."

This is Courage League Sports' first spin and shoot tournament. The goal is to raise more than $5,000 for programming at Courage League Sports, which offers programming with adaptive equipment so kids with special needs can play a variety of recreational sports.

Founder Melissa Clarke Wharff also hopes the tournament raises awareness. "Our mission at Courage League is raising awareness for the different disabilities, different challenges our participants come here and have while playing at Courage League."

The tournament is Saturday, February 28. It starts at 8:30. The group is looking for 30 teams of three to five players. Team registration is $95. You can sign up by calling Courage League Sports at (515) 421-4021. Or, click here for the website.