Win 4 Kids Finalist- Easter Seals Newfoundland & Labrador
Children with disabilities ages 8-14 are given the opportunity to be physically active in the Wheelchair Basketball program. The program runs once a week throughout the school year, September – June.
Some children with disabilities live a sedentary lifestyle due to limited access to inclusive programs and activities. This puts them at a higher risk for secondary health concerns such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc. This program not only helps prevent these life threatening illnesses but provides an inclusive environment where the children can play together.
“Easter Seals is an amazing organization that gives kids with disabilities a chance to be physically active. The Wheelchair Basketball program needs more wheelchairs to fit the needs of their growing registration, which is a great indicator of the program’s success,” said Kaitlyn Kean, a GoodLife Fitness Associate who nominated the program for Win 4 Kids. She continues, “This program is appealing to youth who could greatly benefit from the physical activity and an overall better quality of life.”
The current inventory of sports chairs available is restricting full participation. Children using ill-fitting chairs cannot develop their basketball skills properly; it’s like wearing a size eight shoe when your foot is a size five. Funds from Win 4 Kids would be used to purchase new wheelchair basketball chairs.
There are currently 28 athletes registered and a supply of 16 wheelchairs. Funds will ensure everyone can participate, have fun and be physically active.
My name is Megan Glover and I am a wheelchair basketball athlete. As an infant, I suffered a stroke that resulted in Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. I don’t let these conditions hold me back but the truth is, it’s often difficult for me to play in stand-up leagues. I’ve always loved basketball and there was no way that I was not going to play it. Thanks to Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador – I can!
Being a wheelchair basketball athlete has taught me how to be a team player, good sportsmanship skills, and the many benefits of exercise. It’s given me the confidence to pursue my goals and to always believe in myself.
As we say at Easter Seals, there is no inability in disability— just ability!”
- Meghan, wheelchair athlete
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