Fisher Rizk is a bright student in his senior year in high school who started playing wheelchair basketball less than a year ago and has been accepted to Auburn University to study engineeering and play wheelechair basketball.
Thank you Sarah for answering our questions and sharing your experience at Alabama with us during NWBT2017.
Many thanks to the Alabama Adapted Athletics Associate Director,
On the final day of the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBT) this year in Louisville, KY, a wheelchair basketball athlete from the Jr. Houston Hotwheels team pushed his chair from the other end of the Kentucky Expo Center towards court 3, where the ABC Medical team was announcing raffle winners during half time. “Rodrigo Linares is the winner of the bowling ball prize. Rodrigo, please come up here to pick up your certificate from us!” Not knowing whether a bowling ball certificate would be an appropriate prize for the young wheelchair basketball athlete in front of us, we tried to get to know Rodrigo in the next few minutes and his level of interest in bowling. “How old are you Rodrigo?” “11.” “Do you play bowling?” “Yes!” replied Rodrigo. “How often?,“ “All the time with my friends!” Relieved we had randomly selected a junior athlete, who would indeed enjoy the prize, we asked Rodrigo if he owned a bowling ball. “No, I wish!”, "Well, you will soon have your own bowling ball, which is sponsored by our friends at the American Wheelchair Basketball Association. You can take your new ball with you when you go bowling with your friends!” His eyes brightened, “Are you serious?! My own bowling ball? That’s so neat! Thank you!,” said Rodrigo.
Originally published in August 2015.
College is an important step in every student’s life. It’s a big change. A change of place; a change of faces; and a change of the routine. It is the official beginning of adulthood; the first time moving away from home and away from family and friends. It’s the first time we make decisions on our own and take responsibility for our actions.
Sophomore student-athlete Will Speed tells us why he chose Edinboro University for academics and wheelchair basketball.
Many people will tell you that their lives were changed when they discovered adaptive sports. I’m not one of those people, but that’s only because I’m very fortunate to say that I don’t ever remember life without adaptive sports. Growing up with spina bifida in Atlanta, a city that has had numerous adaptive sports opportunities for many years, in a family that values fitness, I pretty much always had adaptive sports options at my fingertips and a family who encouraged me to get involved. Atlanta is the “tennis capitol of the US,” so I learned to play from my parents even before a structured youth wheelchair tennis program started in elementary school, which I continued with through high school. My school system had an adaptive sports competition day, similar to the Paralympics, even in the 80s when I started kindergarten. I horseback rode in elementary and middle school.