Wheelchair Athletes Compete In Softball Tournament

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Robert Baker has loved the game of softball since he was young.

"I love the game. It's a lot of fun," says Baker.

But nearly 40 years ago, everything changed when he became paralyzed from the waist down and learned he must live the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

Baker rolled along with other wheelchair athletes to compete in the Kansas Accessible Sports Wheelchair Softball Tournament at Gage Park in Topeka.

Half of each team are wheelchair ball players and the other half are able bodied athletes playing in wheelchairs. So, the only differences are their skill levels.

"It's just a good time to get out and get some exercise and just have some fun with some old friends," says wheelchair athlete, Josh Bailey.

"We all have a good time and we play in tournaments. We play to win," says Baker.

Not only do they play to win, they play to raise money for K.A.S. Auction items were set up outside the softball diamond for fundraising.

Wheelchair athletes are eager to roll through the rest of softball season. Baker says he wants to remind people that life can change in an instant and it's always important to have some fun.

" Well, we are wheelchair athletes. We realize that life goes on and so we go on and so I think the message is to let people know that no matter what comes that really doesn't dictate your future, it's how you handle it with tenacity. We handle it with competition" says Baker.