From Foster’s Daily Democrat, Published February 5, 2011
DOVER — Seventh-grader Abby Etter wheeled around the basketball court, took aim, shot and sunk the winning basket, all while sitting in a wheelchair.
“It’s fun, but difficult,” Etter said of wheelchair basketball. “You can make shots farther when you’re on your feet than you can in a wheelchair.”
The 13-year-old was one of many Saint Mary Academy students who got the chance to learn what it’s like to rely on a wheelchair, even if it was only for a few minutes.
Students rolled around the room, bouncing basketballs as part of a program with Northeast Passage to learn about diversity. Northeast Passage, founded in 1990 and based at the University of New Hampshire, provides disability-related education and adapted sports programs.