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CSL, Sportable Roll to Success in 1st Time SEED Event

by Andy Lohman

“We’re going to be back next year!” the head of the Sheltering Arms Rehab/VCU Health combined team proclaimed as she walked off the Stuart C. Siegel Center floor, the Third Place Team trophy under her arm.

 After weeks of hard work, this scene was a sign that the inaugural 3v3 Wheelchair Madness was a success.

For the previous five years, Sportable and VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership partnered to put on a Paralympic Experience day. It served as a way to showcase the many amazing ways in which Sportable’s adapted sports athletes compete, and an opportunity for CSL students to learn through their Sport and Entertainment Event Development (SEED) class. This year, that partnership evolved into its next stage.

The main goal of 3v3 Wheelchair Madness was to raise money for Sportable’s mission of creating opportunities and transforming lives. Although the final financial numbers have not come in yet, this goal was definitely reached. At the same time, the event’s original of showcasing the athleticism of Sportable’s athletes, was certainly still reached as well.

 Wheelchair basketball is difficult, and Friday’s participants found this out quickly; pretty much everybody’s first three shots were airballs. But as each team became more comfortable in their chairs, the level of play quickly escalated and games got competitive and fun.

 “Thank you to all the teams that came out and competed today,” Sportable Executive Director Hunter Leemon said during his closing remarks. “We’re glad everybody had a great time and we can’t wait to see you all next year!”

 “The first-ever 3v3 Wheelchair Madness was a success!” tournament director Gillian Abshire said. “The participants had a ton of fun in a competitive environment, the relationship between Sportable and its corporate partners was strengthened, and everything ran smoothly logistically. As a team we attained all of our goals for putting on this event; I’m really proud of everyone for their hard work.”

The event lived up to its name when the Richmond Flying Squirrels team nailed a three point, buzzer beater to win a preliminary game, bringing some real “madness” the the event.

Patient First walked away with the First Place Trophy after defeating Dominion Energy with a shooting display. The Flying Squirrels hit a buzzer-beater three-pointer to win their first game of the day. Dominion Energy had an entire cheering section, complete with signs and hard hats. Most importantly, the Siegel Center was filled with smiles the whole day. 




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