As the weather gets colder outside, more people are turning to indoor activities for exercise and recreation. That’s not limited to just able-bodied athletes, though. Move Along is hosting wheelchair basketball clinics throughout the fall in Syracuse’s McChesney Park, and the clinics are welcome to athletes of all ages and abilities.
The group, which is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA, one of the nation’s largest disabled athletics groups, currently offers five handicapped-accessible sports, including water sports and basketball, with plans to add more as resources become available.
Jeff Wright has been involved with Move Along since 2010 and now serves as the organization’s executive director. After he was sidelined by a bad fall in 2010, he had an itch to get back into playing sports despite his injury. While his physical woes may have healed, the able-bodied Wright has dedicated nearly the last decade to helping those with different abilities thrive on the court.
Move Along’s Wheelchair Basketball program runs on Tuesday nights at McChesney Park’s Magnarelli Community Center. The full session runs from 6:30-8:00 PM, with the first half hour dedicated to children and the last hour for adults.