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OKASA Adaptive Sports & Wheelchair Basketball

by Jessica May 4 2018 08:15
okasa adaptive sports wheelchair basketball

Adaptive sports create opportunities for physically challenged and disabled people of all ages to be able to participate in recreational and team-based activities, including wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, martial arts and more. We have witnessed first-hand how lives can be positively impacted by getting to take part in adaptive sports like this, whether after a spinal cord injury or a lifetime with a medical condition that limits mobility. 

This is a huge reason why we always jump at the chance to be a part of the OU Medicine Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, which benefits a local adaptive sports organization known as Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association (OKASA). This tournament is one of our favorite events to attend and sponsor, and 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of this awesome event.

Find out more about the tournament this year as well as the importance of OKASA's role in the local community, and how you can find an adaptive sports organization near you!


okc wheels of thunder and 180 medical team


OU Medicine Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

Each year, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff from OU Medicine team up to take on Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association's (OKASA) wheelchair basketball team, the Wheels of Thunder (formerly known as the Blaze). These hardworking, compassionate people play an integral role in setting up and rolling this tournament forward in order to support OKASA, and we at 180 Medical are so proud and honored to be able to help sponsor this event annually too.

180 medical cheering wheels of thunder180 Medical employees are always excited to be able to bring their families and friends to watch the games at Oklahoma City University's (OCU) Freede Wellness Center after work. In addition to making fun signs and collecting gift cards for a donation basket for the event's silent auction, we were glad to volunteer time at the popcorn booth to help raise even more funds for OKASA and cheer all of the teams on as the Oklahoma City Thunder drummers played.

Of course, this awesome team always manages to beat our team of 180 Medical employees, along with just about everyone else that plays against them.

In fact, their team members are all so skilled that they recently competed in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association's (NWBA) national junior varsity championship. With their immense talent on the court and a passion for the sport, we suspect they'll move forward to qualify again next year as well. 


okasa wheels of thunder wheelchair basketball teamOklahoma City Thunder Drummers with the team (Wheels of Thunder)



All About OKASA

playing adaptive wheelchair basketballOKASA is a fantastic organization in Oklahoma that works to support both kids and adults who live with physical disabilities such as spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, and more.

OKASA exists to promote opportunities for health and fitness for the disabled through adaptive sporting options like wheelchair basketball. 

Many of their activities offered include:

  • Racing
  • Competitive weight-lifting
  • Water sports (swimming, kayaking, etc.)
  • Track & Field
  • and more!
Physical activity through organizations like OKASA promotes better health, confidence, and improved overall well-being of the disabled or physically challenged. Adaptive sports participation can also help the physically disabled or spinal cord injured people enjoy many of the activities they loved before their injuries or have always wanted to try. 

For many, participation through adaptive sports is a way for people to make new lifelong friendships with others who understand their conditions on a personal level. 


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Because of this and more, the annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament is not only one of the funnest events of the year for 180 Medical, it's also an important cause close to our hearts.

We truly feel blessed to be able to help contribute to funding for new equipment and opportunities for OKASA and all of their athletes.



How to Find An Adaptive Sports Organization in Your Area

Are you seeking a way to get started with some adaptive sports and activities?

OKASA is a member of the following organizations, and these links may be a great place to start:


You can also go to this link to find local adaptive sports opportunities and clubs, thanks to U.S. Paralympics.

Find out more about OKASA's mission and their programs or discover ways to help out at okasa.org.




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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 9 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

Chicago Premiere of THE MOVEMENT benefits Adaptive Adventures

by kier April 20 2012 12:39

Adaptive Adventures is a non-profit organization that creates life-changing opportunities for people with physical disabilities. Through programs like kayaking, wake boarding, skiing, and cycling Adaptive Adventures opens doors for people to get out experience sports despite their disabilities. 

In conjunction with Make a Hero production, Adaptive Adventures has a short film documentary called The Movement that they are inspiring the country with. This film tells the story of five people who faced incredible obstacles, found the inspiration to overcome them and became real everyday heroes. Through skiing, each has ultimately discovered or rediscovered the freedom of movement. The goal of the short film is to increase awareness, participation, and opportunity in adaptive sports across the country. 

The film is narrated by Robert Redford and Warren Miller and features adaptive sport athletes like Matt Feeney and Chris Waddell. View the trailer below.





180 Medical was proud to help sponsor this premiere to support Adaptive Adventures and all of the opportunities they are making available for those with physical disabilities. The premiere was Thursday, April 19 in Skokie, IL at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. The night started with an All Abilities Sports Expo which encouraged people of all abilities to learn more about skiing, kayaking, cycling, and waterskiing from an "adaptive" perspective. The screening of The Movement followed by a Q&A session with Kurt Miller and film participant Matt Feeney.

Right: Matt Feeney is shown with Gretchen from 180 Medical at the event.







RISE Adventures

by admin September 27 2011 18:36
I had a blast in Grapevine, TX, this past weekend participating in RISE Adventure's End of Summer bash. It is so great to have such wonderful organizations to help give people an opportunity to try adaptive sports. 

This event had a wide variety of activites going on like camping, fishing, golf, hand cycling, air rifles, archery, jet skiing, kayaking, boating, photography, rugby, sailing, tubing, scuba, swimming, water skiing, basketball, sled hockey, fencing, track & field, pony rides, and much more. 

I got the opportunity to waterski and tube. It was a great time and I got to meet a lot of new and old friends. 

Rise Adventures Event 2011

 If you're in the North Texas area, make sure to check out RISE Adventures. They are a great group of people providing a lot of opportunities for those with disabilities to get active and stay active.
       

SET SAIL, Presented by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

by kier September 27 2011 17:08
180 Medical and its partner company, South Shore Medical Supply, were happy to support Spaulding Rehabilitation in its fun-filled SET SAIL event on September 25, 2011 in Boston, MA. The event benefited Weingarten Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program at Spaulding Rehab. 

The Weingarten Adaptive Sports Program provides hundreds of people around the Boston area with adaptive opportunities such as  adaptive windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, cycling and wall climbing. The program helps individuals gain muscle strength, coordination, self-esteem, endurance, independence, and allows socialization.

For more information about Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers in the Boston area view the 2011 Program here.
       

Muffy Davis, An Inspiration

by admin July 19 2011 09:50
I am sure we all look up to someone at one time in our life who Muffy Davis monoskiingexcels in a particular area we are interested in. In sports, especially, we are always looking at the pros. Well, when I was in rehab after being injured, I honestly felt pretty down like many others do.

I remember looking in Sports-N-Spokes magazine and seeing Muffy Davis. There was a picture of her cutting an edge and throwing powder on a mono ski, and it really inspired me to get after it.

Because of this, I knew that there would still be plenty of opportunities for me to stay active, even after my spinal cord injury.

On a recent trip to Salt Lake City, I was fortunate enough to meet Muffy and her husband. Both are class acts and a lot of fun. It was an honor to meet such an amazing athlete and person.

Read more about Muffy Davis and monoskiing here.

-Rob

Wheelchair Basketball Game

by kier June 21 2011 08:39
180 Medical had the privilege of participating in and sponsoring the GODSA (Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association) wheelchair basketball fundraiser where players from The Blaze, GODSA's wheelchair basketball team, played other teams consisting of doctors and medical professionals who also played in wheelchairs. 

This year 180 Medical joined the fun with a team of our own to show support for the adaptive sport organization. Over a hundred 180 Medical spectators came to cheer on the teams. We had a great time and can't wait until next year! 




About GODSA: The Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association is an organization that supports recreational and athletic activities for adults and children with disabilities. Recreational and competitive events include basketball, track and field, swimming, road racing, table tennis, weight-lifting, and water sports. It promotes health and fitness and teaches life-long skills such as team effort, sportsmanship, setting goals, commitment and responsibility.

Ohio Wheelchair Games

by kier June 7 2011 16:29
The Ohio Wheelchair Sports Association hosted the 41st annual Ohio Wheelchair Games May 12th - 14th in Columbus, Ohio.  Events included swimming, table tennis, bowling, weightlifting, boccia, air guns, track & field, archery, and billiards. 

180 Medical was very excited about the opportunity to help sponsor such an awesome event! 

Learn more and connect with the Ohio Wheelchair Sports association at their Facebook page.


Ohio Wheelchair Games