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  • Dayton SophaWheelchair Basketball is first and foremost a sport. It is unique in that the piece of sporting equipment, the basketball wheelchair, allows individuals with disabilities to compete. However, this should not preclude able-bodied athletes from participating by playing in wheelchairs as well.

    Individuals who are able-bodied should be encouraged to participate at all levels where they are currently allowed. It is especially important at the early LTAD stages, and during the Active for Life stage, as there is a strong social component to engaging players in the game.

    By including able-boded athletes, a very strong social and educational benefit occurs. Individuals who are able-bodied view individuals with disabilities differently when they see them in a sport setting. They value individuals with disabilities for what they can do instead of what they cannot do because of the meritocracy of sport.

    While individuals who are able-bodied cannot currently compete in the Paralympics, they can compete as high as the national championships in Canada. Canada is a leader in this area.

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    [WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT MODEL - VOL. 1] (.pdf)