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Happily Ever After

Jul 18, 2018 11:19:08 AM / by Dave Kiley posted in adaptive sports, graduation, spina bifida, accident

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A family holiday trip to Alabama for Santiago (Santi) Rueda over Memorial Day weekend, simple and sweet. You drive for hours and you visualize along the way the fun you are about to have once you arrive! The vision does not include any negative thoughts, just anticipation of all the activity and food one can have on such a trip....which Santi’s family has done countless times before.


The weekend had begun and Santi and his Mom, Serena, mount an ATV to punch their fun meter together. Something about ATV’s, Jet Ski’s or even sit down mowers that we take for granted. Operation of an ATV seems to be an easy do, as we are unsuspecting participants that unintentionally underestimate the danger that lurks behind the above mentioned equipment.

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Soul of the Game: Dave Kiley presents 'DK3' 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball

May 31, 2018 10:25:01 AM / by Dave Kiley posted in adaptive sports, wheelchair basketball, 3on3, dave kiley

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The 15th Annual Dallas DK 3-on-3 is right around the corner. On June 2-3rd, 2018 over 50 athletes are traveling to Dallas, Texas for 2 days of high-level basketball. I thought it might be time to explain the event and how it came to be as DK 3-on-3 and the brand 'DK3.'

15 years ago, my great friend Michael 'Shorty' Powers and his organization Turning Point, asked me to run a basketball event "to be held within the structure of their flagship event, Turning Points, Texas ‘Extravaganza’ (a multi-activity sport participation event)." Some big names we know today were part of the first event: Paul Schulte, Pat Anderson, and Willie Hernandez to name a few. This was the birth place of this annual 3-on-3 event. Thanks Shorty for your vision!

"Shorty" Michael Lewis Powers passed away on June 19th, 2016.  You can read Dave Kiley's tribute to "Shorty" here.

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A SoCal Sojourn

Aug 14, 2017 3:15:24 PM / by Dave Kiley posted in adaptive surfing, adaptive resources, adaptive sports

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It's zero dark thirtyMy wife and I are awake, getting ready for a 6 AM flight into Orange County, CA. It hurts at first, but we know a vacation to my roots, where I grew up and where we both lived for many years was going to be worth it. Our plane leaves in the dark and then we see an unbelievable sunrise
from our seats which sets the tone for what was to come.

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History in the Making: A Gold Medal and an ESPY Award for Wheelchair Basketball

Jul 30, 2017 12:24:35 PM / by Dave Kiley posted in adaptive sports, wheelchair basketball, team usa, us paralympic team, paralympics

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There are a few benchmarks that occur in our lives that are significant or monumental. They can sometimes break our hearts or bring us to our knees. There are always those times though that one will remember for a lifetime for the good it has done, not just for the individual, but more importantly for the masses it effects. In this blog, I will attempt to capture such an occurrence.

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Your March Madness is Here!

Mar 24, 2017 4:56:28 PM / by Dave Kiley posted in march madness, basketball, sports

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Well I have never had a bracket so blown up as this year. Absolutely my worst attempt at picking winners in my history !!

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The Circle of Life: A Story about Unconditional Love

Feb 15, 2017 1:15:16 PM / by Dave Kiley posted in parenting, wheelchair basketball, paralympics, us paralympic team, having children, grandchildren, love

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 After my spinal cord injury in 1973 my biggest fear and concern was not getting my legs back.  Sounds weird? I was told early on by a hospital acute care aid that I probably would neither be able to have kids nor walk again. He spoke out of turn and my father later had that guy pinned up against the wall for telling me that. Well, I was certainly crushed by the news, like my spinal cord. My foxhole prayer to my God was that if he was going to take my legs, please ‘Lord let me have children!" I prayed this over and over as I laid in my hospital bed at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Southern California. Why I felt that way back then, I’m still not sure. I had a constant vision of being a father, having a beautiful wife and become a parent and yes, even a grandparent at the age of 19. So, after my 4 month stay in prison, aka rehab lol I was turned loose on the world with a new life in front of me. A life I was petrified and uncertain about. In the prison rehab, I was safe and protected. I didn’t want to leave as I had no confidence at all and especially with girls or women.

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The Gift of Our Senses: You Understand the Value When It's Gone

Jan 6, 2017 4:51:32 PM / by Dave Kiley posted in accessibility, disability, wheelchair life, vision, eye sight, inspiration, motivation

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When I think of all the gifts I take for granted I guess the list is fairly extensive. I’m sure I am not alone in this regard as the things we would hold so dearly are often over looked in our day to day lives. As I write this blog I am reminded of how important my senses are.

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Fathers, Sons, and Baseball

Nov 4, 2016 5:14:00 PM / by Dave Kiley posted in accessibility, mobility, world series, adaptive sports, wheelchair basketball

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There are Those who Want it to Happen and Then There are Those who Make it Happen- A Tribute to a Friend, Michael 'Shorty' Powers

Oct 11, 2016 5:31:46 PM / by Dave Kiley posted in adaptive sports, wheelchair basketball

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It’s taken me since July to be able to do this. This blog will be my very best attempt to capture the life and impact of one of my best friends who left a wake of influence that only Michael ‘Shorty’ Powers could achieve.

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When The Fat Lady Sings and You Know You Had Your Last Dance

Sep 2, 2016 7:09:14 PM / by Dave Kiley posted in adaptive sports, wheelchair basketball

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Yo Readers ! It’s been awhile. I had been really consumed with the end of my basketball season, end of my basketball life and the pursuit of a national championship.

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