The Other Basketball Madness [04-02-10]

Filed under: Around Marden — Editor @ 2:10 pm

Who is your pick in the Final Four for this year’s NCAA Championship –  WVU, Butler, Michigan St. or Duke?  Nothing like March Madness for a basketball fan.  Now who is your pick in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament? It begins on April 7th in Denver.

Check it out here.

A Message from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation –

One of the many ways that your support helps people living with spinal cord injury is by providing Reeve Foundation grants for wheelchair basketball and other sports and recreation programs across the country.

It amazes me how much faster physical and emotional rehab happens when a man or woman becomes a part of a sports program.  While it challenges a player’s body and mind at a whole new level, the goal is to play and win, not just to complete today’s rehab session.

The sports and recreation programs we support build confidence, provides an opportunity to make new friends who understand how spinal cord injury has changed your life, and most of all  —  they’re really fun.

As the Richmond Rimriders basketball star Mathew Deans explains, “I love the team aspect of the sport, learning to work together given each person’s limitations and strengths and coming together as a team to grow and have fun.”

The late Dana Reeve understood that helping people with spinal cord injury recover emotionally and rebuild their lives was not just about undertaking cutting edge science in the lab, but also developing and supporting programs that improve the quality of life right now for each person living with paralysis.  As she so eloquently stated, “The Reeve Foundation Quality of Life program is about freedom.”

That’s what wheelchair basketball, other sports, arts, and social programs supported by the Reeve Foundation through our Quality of Life Grants do so well.  These programs help free the minds, bodies and souls of people living with SCI.  And the absolute truth is that we could not support these programs without the generous support of people like you.

So, this weekend as you settle in with your pizza and favorite beverage to watch the NCAA Finals, I hope you’ll remember that not all great athletes rely on their legs to win.  The National Wheelchair Basketball Finals prove it.

Thank you again for enabling us to continue to support life-changing programs for people living with paralysis.


Rob Gerth
Director, Online Communications
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Marden supports the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

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