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News: Thursday, January 30th, 2020

Wheelchair Basketball

North Carolina A&T University alum, Columbus native and current Globetrotter Zeus McClurkin got the chance to experience wheelchair basketball in front of a packed Hansen gymnasium.

It was all part of a celebrity wheelchair basketball event at the school to raise awareness for the sport, the Globetrotters and accessibility issues in sports.

Maple Ridge native Matthew Norris, who represented Team B.C. at the Canada Games last year, gave a quick tutorial to fans and players participating on the rules of the game. Then, he and McClurkin were “captains” to choose their respective teams in the game.

Norris and McClurkin had a lot of talent to choose from, as players from the UFV Cascades, CBC Bearcats and TWU Spartans men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as several RHSS teachers, were among those suiting up.

UFV’s Sukhjot Bains and Amanda Thompson, TWU’s Jayden Gill and Jack Nadelhoffer, and CBC’s Michael Chifan were the college athletes making the transition to wheelchair basketball for the afternoon.

A short 10-game followed, with McClurkin’s blue team defeating the orange team captained by Norris 12-9.

Check out the full Abbotsford News story