Girl playing wheelchair basketballThe University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute launched its wheelchair basketball to help former and current patients transition to playing basketball in the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Division's Metro League and even National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) teams. This is a formalized wheelchair basketball program, with an annual six-week clinic kicking off each May and continuing throughout the summer months.

The wheelchair basketball program welcomes both male and female players age 15 and above. Players who own an adapted sports wheelchair can use their own, and those who do not own a chair can borrow one, on loan from the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.

There is no cost to participate and able-body family members and friends are encouraged to join and play as well. Drills, skill building exercises and scrimmages are held on the basketball courts located on the campus of the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute.

People playing wheelchair basketball"This is a great way for people to stay active and have fun," said Mike Henley, coordinator of the wheelchair basketball program. "It increases quality of life and gives the players confidence to do other things in life, like return to work or pursue other activities that they originally thought they could no longer do."

For more information, please call Mike Henley, CTRS, at 410-448-6307.