‘Wheels in Motion’ promotes inclusivity within sports

November 01, 2022

'Wheels in Motion' participants play basketball

Quinnipiac’s physical therapy department hosted its fourth annual “Wheels in Motion” 3 versus 3 wheelchair basketball tournament event.

The student-run event raised money for adaptive sports organizations in Connecticut, including Gaylord Sports Association, Connecticut Spokebenders Wheelchair Basketball Team and the Ryan Martin Foundation.

“This philosophical event raises funds for adaptive sports organizations around the state of Connecticut,” said Laura Simaitis, visiting assistant professor of physical therapy. “However, it's more than about raising funds to support these organizations. We also aim to raise awareness about wheelchair basketball and support the growth of the game.”

The idea for the event was born when the physical therapy department wanted to increase awareness for the sports and organizations that they support.

Not only did participants get the opportunity to play themselves throughout the tournament but also got to watch members of the CT Spokebenders and Ryan Martin Foundation teams play basketball as well.

“Hosting and supporting events such as Wheels in Motion, where we are actively supporting local and regional organizations, aligns beautifully with our strategic plan of creating an inclusive community here on campus,” Simaitis said.

As the event continues to be held every year, the participation and support increases, showing the impact that it has made on the local community, she said.

“This year, we had more local community members than ever before sign up to play or spectate this event,” said Simaitis. “Each year, our attendance numbers have grown, and I would love to see this event continue to grow and reach more community members, raising awareness of this sport.”

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