Families in and near Cabarrus, NC are in for a once-in-a-lifetime event thanks to a 9-year old girl – a special screening of wheelchair basketball documentary, The Rebound, at 3PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concorde, NC 28027. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with adaptive athletes followed by a wheelchair basketball exhibition and scrimmage at 5PM.
The family event was made possible by Rollin’ Hornets player and Cabarrus, NC resident Sophia Brunk, who won an Impact Grant from ABC Medical at last year’s National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
Joining Convaid | R82 in support of the event are West Cabarrus YMCA, where young Sophia is a member, Abilities Unlimited of the Carolinas, Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets, McGill Baptist Church, ABC Medical and Strive Multisport.
The Rebound follows the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels, a wheelchair basketball team, in its quest for a national title. Despite the team’s dwindling resources, three adaptive athletes rally their team toward the title while striving to reach their dreams on and off the court.
In support of developing adaptive athletic programs at West Cabarrus YMCA and to support the Rollin’ Hornets, Convaid | R82 has instituted a loaner program of R82 walkers or standers/gait trainers and other medical equipment for use by their athletes.
Organizer and adaptive wheelchair basketball mom, DeAnna Patterson said, “As the parent of three precious children who are always the different ones – the ones who stand out – the ones who can’t participate in so much of life the way everyone around them does, what this community offers is a sense of belonging for my children. When they roll onto the court, their differences melt away. It is the only place I see true freedom in their eyes.”
Ms. Patterson stressed the importance of showing the community-at-large that many of the stereotypes of children living with special needs are grounded in ignorance. She said that events such as this one are an opportunity to help people within the typical population gain a fresh perspective on people living in wheelchairs and how they wish to be treated.
She said, “It is our hope that as we spread awareness and assist in building a community of acceptance for our athletes to grow in. Should any person’s life circumstances change drastically, we want members of our community to know that can always turn to for support.”
“A big part of the Convaid | R82 community ethic is a strong commitment to support the special needs community to the extent of our capacity. Sometimes this means volunteering, providing educational outreach, donating equipment or helping spread awareness. It is important for us to help build awareness that adaptive athletes may have been born with congenital syndromes that affect the way their bodies move or may have suffered trauma leading to limited mobility and all desire to live as health and active of a lifestyle as they can. Our donation of equipment will help them balance and ambulate and enjoy playing basketball,” said Kasper Lisby, North Carolina-based Etac NA Business Controller, who originated the donation.
For more than 40 years, Etac has developed products and services that create possibilities for users and caregivers. Our products are aimed for people with physical disabilities and their caretakers. We provide a well-designed product range for short and long term care whether in the home, hospital or other healthcare setting. Etac’s track record in functional, innovative and comfortable products includes a number of international design awards that have repeatedly set new standards in the market. The Etac Group has six product brands; Etac, Immedia, Molift, Star, Convaid and R82.
Headquartered in Stockholm, the Etac Group has sales companies in Australia, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States with supply units in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the United States.
Convaid | R82
Convaid | R82 enriches the lives of special needs families by developing and manufacturing best-in-class, easy-to-use, convenient and attractive seating, standing, walking/gait, transportation and hygiene products for all stages of a young person’s life – from childhood through young adult. We develop products tailored to individual needs. Through comprehensive development, Convaid | R82 is constantly moving forward — without compromising quality of service and closeness to the customer.
The objective of each and every Convaid | R82 employee is: adjustment to individual needs to provide the child the greatest possible freedom – in a world of movement. As part of Etac, the company believes that everyone should be able to live a free and independent life and pursue their dreams regardless of any physical circumstances.
Convaid | R82 offers seating, standing, walking, transportation and hygiene solutions for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Spinal Bifida, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Mitochondrial Disease, Metabolic Diseases, and Sensory Processing Disorders, among others.
About Adaptive Athletics at the West Cabarrus YMCA
In the spirit of developing adaptive athletes in our community, the West Cabarrus YMCA is proud to offer swim lessons for participants of all levels and including those with varying physical and intellectual differences under the guidance of Aquatics Director Alicia Martin.