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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 5, 2007
Cuyamaca College marks Disability Awareness 2007
annual wheelchair basketball game
El Cajon – The wheelchair basketball game that annually pits athletes from Sharp Rehabilitation and elsewhere against Cuyamaca College athletes in a lively demonstration of the skill and agility of the visiting San Diego Xpress team almost didn’t happen this year due to the wildfires in October.
But the popularity of the event, always held in October to correspond with National Disability Awareness Month, convinced organizers to postpone the game, now set for noon-1 p.m. today at the college gym, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. The event is free and open to the public.
To mark the game’s 10th year on campus, the Cuyamaca College Disabled Students Programs and Services office is collaborating with the athletics and graphics departments, Club ABLED, the Associated Students of Cuyamaca College and the state Department of Rehabilitation to make this year’s contest a little extra special with information and display booths and drawings for an iPod Shuffle (courtesy of the Grossmont Schools Federal Credit Union) and gift certificates for Starbucks, Jamba Juice and Target (courtesy of Club ABLED , a student organization focusing on the abilities of the physically challenged). ASCC, the student government organization, will set up a snackbar.
Mary Asher-Fitzpatrick, a learning disabilities specialist in Cuyamaca College’s DSPS program, said most of the wheelchair athletes have suffered spinal cord injuries, but that hasn’t stopped them from playing competitively.
“Most of the guys from the team are from Sharp Rehab, but a lot have regular jobs – some are in the military,” she said. “These athletes play in a formal wheelchair basketball league. They have so enjoyed coming to Cuyamaca College to play our athletes because it’s a fun game for everyone and everyone benefits.”
The San Diego Xpress players are all members of the Southern California Wheelchair Basketball Conference that convenes each year for a 12-game season.
The annual five-on-five game at Cuyamaca always provides a new awareness to students and others of what the wheelchair athletes have accomplished, Asher said.
“The skill that these members of the San Diego Xpress display is truly remarkable,” she said. “They are true athletes who devote a lot of time to developing their skill on the basketball court.”
College President Geraldine M. Perri said the event is another example of Cuyamaca’s outreach efforts to encourage all students and to provide a variety of learning opportunities. For campus and driving maps, visit www.cuyamaca.edu or call 619-660-4236.
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