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Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration to take Place during U Penn/ La Salle Basketball Game

On Tuesday, January 15, at 7:00 pm, the La Salle Explorers will take on the University of Pennsylvania Quakers in the storied confines of the Palestra. But fans might find the most fascinating aspect of the night taking place while the two teams are in their locker rooms.

At halftime, members of the Magee Sixers - a wheelchair basketball team sponsored by Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Philadelphia 76ers - will demonstrate their sport.

Wheelchair Basketball is played using most of the same, familiar rules as regular basketball, with a few exceptions which have been modified with consideration for the wheelchair. For example, "traveling" in wheelchair basketball occurs when the athlete touches his wheels more than twice after receiving or dribbling the ball. The individual must pass, bounce or shoot the ball before he or she can touch their wheels again.

Although Wheelchair basketball is not a new sport - the sport has been around for decades, and the Dan Sullivan Wheelchair Basketball Tournament here in the Philadelphia area has been in existence for over 6 years - a lot of people are unaware that it, and other sports for people with disabilities, exist.

"We would like two things to come out of Tuesday's demonstration," said Anna Martin, a Certified Therapuetic Recreation Specialist at Magee who oversees the Wheelchair Sports programs. "We want the public at large to see that people with disabilities lead normal lives and opportunities like competitive sports are available to them. And, we want the public to help us spread the word. Perhaps they know someone with a disability who would enjoy participating, and can recommend wheelchair sports to them."


Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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