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Shots with a Spin

When: Sat., June 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 2012

The first-ever Shots with a Spin tournament hopes to raise awareness for the almost 400,000 people in South Carolina living with some kind of mobility impairment. The able-bodied wheelchair basketball event is hosted by the MUSC Doctorate of Physical Therapy class of 2013 and Achieving Wheelchair Equality, a local nonprofit organization that helps wheelchair users overcome obstacles related to employment, family, and recreation. Teams from all over the Lowcountry, including ones from the Navy, the Charleston Battery, and MUSC Rehab, will participate. “It’s a cool way to get the community involved, to get them in wheelchairs even though they can walk and play regular basketball, to see what it’s like for people in wheelchairs to play basketball,” says MUSC student Jess House. “When people first have an injury, they’re super depressed. It helps to reintegrate people into society … There’s social support to lean on.” The tournament hopes to raise money for AWE so that the organization can continue to help disabled individuals throughout the Charleston area. In addition to the wheelchair basketball tournament, there will be a kids’ carnival and Krispy Kreme doughnut dunking station, an informational fair, and a silent auction.

Deanna Kerley

Price: $3/adults, Free/kids

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