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Wheel fun:Basketball used to teach students about disabilities

Feb 5, 2011

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.

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