Junior Wheelchair Basketball
RIC together with the Chicago Park District (CPD) offers 8.5' and 10’ junior basketball teams!
The Chicago Skyhawks Junior wheelchair basketball teams are a developmental basketball program for youth with physical disabilities. Each child will participate in a designed sports wheelchair to equalize the playing field for each athlete that participates. Kids participate in one of two teams based on their age and ability level.
The program is registered with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA.org). The NWBA is composed of over 200 basketball teams across twenty-two conferences and seven divisions. The NWBA was founded in 1948, and today consists of men's, women's, intercollegiate, and youth teams throughout the United States of America and Canada. Our young, developing kids will play in the prep division on an 8½-foot basket in a smaller, more concentrated game. As the kids develop, they will then graduate to the 10-foot basketball league. Each division will be recreational and competitive.
The junior basketball program will promote growth in fundamental skills of basketball while teaching each athlete the life skills of sportsmanship, hard work, dedication, friendships, and acceptance to their abilities. Open to youth ages five years of age through high-school seniors. The Chicago Skyhawks teams will participate in local area tournaments with the goal of reaching the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
If you are interested in joining the Chicago Skyhawks Junior Basketball program or would like more information, call Trent Thenhaus at 312-238-5011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All participants must be registered with RIC and the Chicago Park District to play.