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BORP launched its wheelchair basketball program thirty years ago with the clear understanding that kids with physical disabilities need access to competitive sports just as much, if not more, than able-bodied kids. BORP’s wheelchair basketball program has continued to grow throughout the years and is now home to three levels of participation including competitive teams at the Prep (12 years old and under) and Varsity (13 years old through high school graduation) levels.
For more information please contact Youth Sports Coordinator Trooper Johnson:
(510) 407-0014 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teams practice on Saturdays at Longfellow Middle School: 1500 Derby St, Berkeley, CA (click here for a map — Gym is located on the south side of the campus, off Ward St.)
Prep Team: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Varsity Team: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Through the continued support of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, BORP has assembled a small fleet of custom sports wheelchairs for kids to use. A basketball wheelchair is not the same you see everyday. They are the equivalent to a racing bike, or another specialized piece of sports equipment and allow unparalleled mobility on the court. The wheelchairs used for wheelchair basketball are custom sport-specific chairs that are designed to turn faster, have more stability, and are lighter than most chairs.
The players are also strapped into the chairs to allow the players the ability to tilt the chairs for rebounds and make the chairs more responsive to body movements. For BORP participants that do not have their own sports chairs, we have them to loan. This ensures that the only thing they need to do to participate is to simply show up.
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