We had an amazing time at Hoops Day on October 27th.
The weather outside was beautiful and the mood inside the Greenberg Pavilion was energized where more than 150 able-bodied and disabled youth and adults assembled for fun day of wheelchair basketball.
Everyone, from the novice to the experienced, was able to play a little basketball in a wheelchair. Whether it was participating in a basketball clinic or partaking in a game there were groups and nets for all sizes and abilities.
|Some of the participants were students from the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, NY; others were local high school students. There were representatives from the Wheelchair Sports Federation and the Basketball Results Academy as well.We also got to hear from Asael Shabo, an alum and coach at the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled, and a member of the Israeli Wheelchair Basketball National Team who shared his inspirational story.
The highlight of the day was watching the Rollin’ Knicks and Rollin’ Nets in an exhibition game. It was amazing to watch the fast paced action of professionals as they dribbled, passed, blocked and scored.
Everyone walked away a winner!
all photos by Gene Lesserson
Thank you to the John Hamre of the Wheelchair Sports Federation for providing wheelchairs and adapted nets and emceeing the games and clinics, to the Rollin’ Knicks and Rollin’ Nets for coming for the whole day and participating throughout and to Joe Slanika from the Viscardi Center for refereeing the games.
Thank you to our partners American Friends of Israel Center for the Disabled and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island.
Thank you to our sponsors
|Reuben Askowitz, Morgan Stanley
Atlantic Wells, Inc.
Lutz Family Foundation
|Three Guys Maintenance, Inc.
Island Home Builders
Maurice Kassimir & Associates P.C.
Mark Sobel, South Shore Outdoor