PHOTO: A member of the Magee Eagles, a wheelchair rugby team, makes a play in a recent game. The Eagles will compete in Phoenix, AZ, for the national crown this weekend.
After recovering from a life-changing injury, it can be challenging for people with disabilities to define a “new normal.” At Magee, we are proud to offer community programs that make this transition easier, including our Wheelchair Sports Program!
Magee’s Wheelchair Sports Program is designed to help individuals with disabilities as they reintegrate into the community post-injury. Participants can choose from a variety of sports, including wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair racing, curling, waterskiing, and snow skiing.
The benefits of wheelchair sports programs are no secret: participants can anticipate heightened independence and improved quality-of-life as a result of joining one of these teams. Getting involved with Magee’s sports programs helps people with disabilities reach for their personal health and wellness goals while engaging with teammates in an environment that provides support and encouragement.
In addition to the personal benefits of wheelchair sports, Magee athletes are also regionally, nationally, and internationally competitive, with some athletes even qualifying for the Paralympic Games. Although some of Magee’s wheelchair sports members compete at an elite level, our program is community-based, and we welcome all individuals with disabilities who are looking for a recreational outlet.
This year, both Magee’s basketball and rugby teams qualified for national championship events in their respective sports. The basketball team traveled to Louisville, KY, where they finished 14th in the country, and the rugby team will compete in Phoenix, AZ, this weekend. Magee’s patients, staff, and community members congratulate our athletes on their fantastic seasons!