Fourth Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Takes Place at RSF

Photo: Two wheelchair basketball players compete during the Roll N' Shoot event at the RSF on Saturday.
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Two wheelchair basketball players compete during the Roll N' Shoot event at the RSF on Saturday.

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Roll 'n Shoot: Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

UC Berkeley students and members of BORP, the Bay Area Outreach Recreational Program, came together on Saturday, March 12th for the Roll 'n Shoot Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. The Roll 'n Shoot tournament allowed students to enjoy physical activity while raising funds for a good cause.



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Basketballs bounced across the courts as players raced after them with their hands furiously spinning the wheels of wheelchairs during the fourth annual Roll 'n Shoot wheelchair basketball tournament Saturday.

Roll 'n Shoot is a three-on-three wheelchair basketball tournament at the Recreational Sports Facility, which pits able-bodied teams against each other as well as against the program's teams of disabled youth. The event aims to raise awareness about those with disabilities. It also hoepd to raise funds so that the competitive wheelchair basketball teams of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program can travel to competitions, which are held as far away as Denver or Seattle.

This year, Roll n' Shoot exceeded its goal of raising $6,000 by making $6,124, with at least 100 participants playing in the games, according to Berton Mahardja, organizer for the event and lead facilitator for this semester's wheelchair basketball DeCal.

Trooper Johnson, BORP's children and youth sports coordinator, said the event gives able-bodied athletes the opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and be in the chair of kids with disabilities.

"We've got teams who are jumping in chairs for the first time," Johnson said. "It's a blast. They're really trying something new and it gives them an idea for the first time."

Each of the 12 able-bodied teams played four 22-minute games against each other, with the two best teams facing off in the championships. After the first two games, each team played a non-competitive game against the program youths.

Roll 'n Shoot was sponsored by the ASUC, which allocated $1,500 for the event. Other sponsors included the Residence Hall Assembly, the Cal football team and Naked Juice.

Along with an initial minimum entry fee of $250, the 12 registered teams are encouraged to continue raising money for the cause. One team - team Stat Attack - managed to raise $1,920 by themselves.

UC Berkeley freshman Zane Rankin played for the Born Free team and said this event showed those who play regular basketball how much skill is involved with wheelchair basketball.

"We were lucky to score anything ... They outmaneuvered us in every way," Rankin said.

BORP basketball team member Zach Penick, 16, said he initially did not want to play wheelchair basketball but fell in love with it halfway through his first practice.

"(Wheelchair basketball) has made me a lot more social," he said. "To be honest, if I didn't figure it out, I don't know where I'd be right now."

Michael Diana, the parent of program team member Daniel, 11, said playing wheelchair basketball has been great exercise for his son. There is not much difference between basketball and wheelchair basketball, Diana said.

"They play just as hard," Diana said. "They're all athletes."

Tags: CAL FOOTBALL TEAM, RECREATIONAL SPORTS FACILITY, ROLL N' SHOOT, NAKED JUICE, ASUC


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