The message hit me during the National Anthem. Moments earlier, we "celebrity" guests had been tooling around the basketball court in wheelchairs, getting the feel for shooting the ball from a seated position and figuring out how to turn, wheel and dribble at the same time. But when we headed court side for the National Anthem, we unbuckled and stood to face the flag. The Kansas Wheelhawks players did not - because they could not. Point taken. The Kansas Wheelhawks held their first-ever celebrity wheelchair basketball challenge this week to help us all appreciate those abilities we may take for granted. It was also to celebrate making the most of the abilities we have. Let me tell you - the Wheelhawks have some skills! Drew Switzer and I were among several area people asked to take part. While our arms and shoulders ached after our ten-minute stint, the Wheelhawks were still going full tilt. They are as competitive as any ball team you'll find, and it was amazing to watch them in action - and I did a lot of watching, often left in the dust by their speed and not quite able to get position for a rebound. If you ever have a chance to catch them in action, go for it - find out when and where at www.kansasaccessiblesports.com. More than anything, you'll walk away realizing that no one is disabled - just differently abled. And that's just fine.
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