Students Learn Powerful Lessons During Wheelchair Basketball Games at Cherokee Elementary 

Students Learn Powerful Lessons During Wheelchair Basketball Games at Cherokee Elementary 
Posted on 09/13/2017
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Wheelchair baseball assembly at CherokeeStudents took away some powerful life lessons during a recent wheelchair basketball assembly at Cherokee Elementary.

They learned that:

  • People have more similarities than differences.
  • Tough times may happen but you can persevere despite your circumstance.
  • Being a good friend or family member is really important.

And the students had a lot of fun doing it.

Students and staff had the opportunity to participate in wheelchair basketball games and cheer on classmates, all part of Skoolaid’s Disability Awareness Program. The school became aware of the organization because fifth-grader Landyn Bomar plays on a wheelchair basketball team.

Before the games began, Skoolaid’s Jacob Counts shared his story about how a poor choice led to an accident that left him an amputee. He then talked about how he persevered and went on to play wheelchair basketball in college and in the Olympics.  “Normally, when you meet someone different, you might be a little apprehensive,” said Counts. “But when you bring in that element of sport, it helps people become more comfortable. That’s the powerful thing about our presentation. We can talk about our differences surrounded by something we all love, sports.”

“Staff and students have told me again and again that the assembly was so positive, and so inspiring,” said Cherokee counselor Audrey Young. “We hope to have Skoolaid back to partner with our gym teacher on another opportunity later this school year.”

Click here for more information on Skoolaid and to view a video about its Disability Awareness Program.