Grand Rapids Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Team to Compete at Ferris

Grand Rapids Pacers Basketball TeamThe nationally ranked Grand Rapids Pacers wheelchair basketball team will take on Ferris State University faculty and men’s and women’s basketball players – in wheelchairs – to promote awareness and raise money for student scholarships.

The event, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 in Wink Arena, is action-packed and family friendly, said Andresa Maciejewski, administrative assistant in the College of Education and Human Services.

“People don’t understand the talent it takes to play basketball in a wheelchair,” Maciejewski said. “People will talk about it long after the event. Once you see something like this, it is unbelievable.”

The Pacers, supported by the Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association, will provide wheelchairs to members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams and Ferris faculty for use during the competition. The event coincides with Disability Awareness Month.

“Each year, the Disability Awareness Month Committee likes to bring an event to campus to bring awareness to Disability Month,” Maciejewski said. “We want to show that just because someone may have a disability does not mean they cannot participate in sports.”

Admission is $2, free to children younger than 5. Proceeds will go to the FSU Disability Scholarship Fund administered through the university’s Disabilities Services office.

For more information on Disabilities Services, visit http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/university/disability/homepage.htm.

The Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association is a nonprofit organization designed to help children and adults with physical challenges that require a wheelchair to play competitive and recreational sports. In addition to the Pacers, the organization also supports a nationally ranked tennis team, co-sponsors the Junior Pacers youth basketball team, sponsors hand-cycling and road-racing teams, and hosts water ski clinics and sports camps. For more information, visit http://www.maryfreebed.com/sports.

Last updated: 08-12-2013