In a friendly round of basketball at Wright State University, William Howard rolled under the hoop and took a shot. The sophomore from Dayton does not require a wheelchair, but every week he joins other students, both able-bodied and those who are disabled, for adapted intramurals.
Those games of basketball, football and capture the flag will soon be open to more students thanks to a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The organization donated $13,000 for Wright State to purchase newer, safer wheelchairs. Christopher Reeve, best known for his role as Superman, was paralyzed from the neck down after being thrown from a horse in 1995 and passed away in 2004.
Wright State expects the Quality of Life Grant to fund the purchase of 10 new wheelchairs, which will be used for sports and educational purposes.
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