Dreams in Motion hosted its annual wheelchair basketball tournament for players of all abilities.
In celebration of march madness, people from across the state got a chance to take part in a competitive 4-on-4 basketball tournament.
“It’s really encouraging for a person like me to have just another sport that I am not a misfit. I am with people like me,” said Jose Matthews, a North Dakota resident.
14- years- old Jose Matthews is just one of the 90 basketball players who participated in the March Mobility Madness Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. It’s an annual fundraiser put on by Dreams in Motion.
“I have cerebral palsy and I think of my disability as a blessing and I really love wheelchair basketball,” said Matthews.
Dreams in Motion is a nonprofit that gives people with disabilities an opportunity to play adaptive sports. Even if it may seem impossible.
“Sometimes people see people playing adaptive sports and they think that it is very nice. If sports are important for our parks and rec department and for our schools to put on and put a lot of money into for people who are able-bodied. They are just as important for people with disabilities,” said Annette Kaip, Dreams in Motion founder.
The event is not limited to people with physical disabilities. It gives able-bodied people a chance to take a walk in their shoes.
“You see that they are capable of anything too. It kind of puts you on their level and on this kind of game you are both kinds of equal. Actually,y since they have more practice being in a wheelchair it’s like you are the one with the disadvantage,” said Dustin Erhardt, a North Dakota resident.
This is the third year the organization put on this fundraiser and the money raised goes towards adaptive equipment, administrative cost and more .
As for Matthews and others like him, this is just a way to show off the many skills they have.
Dreams in Motion is the only U.S.Paralympicss club in North Dakota.