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OKASA Adaptive Sports & Wheelchair Basketball

by Jessica May 4 2018 08:15
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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!


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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.

180 Medical Takes Part in the 2017 OKASA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

by Jessica May 11 2017 06:20
We recently got to participate for the 9th year in the annual OU Physicians Games Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, which is one of our favorite annual events to attend and support. The event supports the Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association (OKASA) and raises funds for disabled athletes. During this great event, teams of doctors from OU Medical Center as well as a team from 180 Medical play wheelchair basketball and take on the awesome Oklahoma Blaze. 

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During the event, there's a lot of fun to be had, even outside of the basketball games, like face painting, carnival games, popcorn and other tasty treats, and a silent auction to benefit OKASA. On top of that, the OKC Thunder Drummers came out again this year to entertain the crowd, and the children's cheerleader group, Inspiring Attitudes, performed dance routines between games, too. The annual wheelchair basketball tournament is a blast for all our employees to come watch and cheer on the Blaze and all the other great teams, including our own.

"It's so incredibly important to us to support the doctors and providers and patients that we work with, and we love the event. We're just so happy to be a part of it," says Michael Pampalone, one of 180 Medical's Urologic Territory Specialists.
 
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The Blaze is still just too good for us to beat! We didn't even score a basket this year, but our team had a great time as always, and we're honored to be able to be a part of this important and fun annual event!



About OKASA: The Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association is an organization that supports recreational and athletic activities for adults and children with disabilities. These events include such sports as wheelchair basketball, track and field, swimming, table tennis, and competitive weight-lifting. The organization promotes health and fitness and teaches lifelong skills such as team effort, good sportsmanship, setting goals, commitment, and responsibility. You can also connect with them on Facebook or Twitter


About the Author:
Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 7 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. In her free time, she loves writing, making art, and hanging with her dogs and loved ones.

180 Medical Takes Part in 8th Annual OKASA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

by Jessica April 29 2016 19:42
180 Medical recently had the privilege of sponsoring and participating in the OKASA (Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association) Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. This fun event took place at Oklahoma City University's Freede Wellness Center Thursday evening, April 28th, 2016, and it was our 6th consecutive year to have a team of our own play against the Oklahoma Blaze, along with teams of physicians from OU Medicine.

We had a record number of employees turn up to give support and cheer on all the great teams. As always, it was so great to meet each other's families and take some time to have some fun outside of the workplace all together. There were some tasty snacks, a silent auction, mascots, an amazing drum-line, and more. 

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Our team gave it their best shot and made some baskets, but we are just no match for the skilled athletes of The Blaze, who ended up winning the game! Still, we all had an absolute blast, and it was exciting to get to see everyone in action on the court. We are always honored to be a part of this fantastic event, which helps to raise funds to support disabled athletes.

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About OKASA: The Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association, formerly known as GODSA (the Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association) is an organization that supports recreational and athletic activities for adults and children with disabilities. These events include such sports as wheelchair basketball, track and field, swimming, table tennis, and competitive weight-lifting. The organization promotes health and fitness and teaches lifelong skills such as team effort, good sportsmanship, setting goals, commitment, and responsibility. Learn more at their official website or connect with their wheelchair basketball, the Oklahoma Blaze, at their Facebook page or Twitter.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 7 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! She loves writing, playing music, creating art, and spending quality time with her dogs, friends & family.
 

OKASA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

by Jessica April 15 2016 19:01
We here at 180 Medical are getting revved up and ready for one of our favorite annual events to support and attend: the OKASA (Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association, formerly known as GODSA) Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Each year, we like to get a big group together, bring along our family and friends, and attend this fun tournament, where we get to watch the Oklahoma City Blaze get into the action! 

This year's 8th annual tournament, which will be held at Oklahoma City University's Freede Wellness Center on April 28th, 2016, helps to raise funds to support disabled athletes. This makes it our sixth consecutive year to join forces with OU Physicians to support this great event, and we have even formed a team of our own -- for better, for worse!



Do you think we stand a chance to win against the fantastic players of The Blaze? Come and witness the action go down, when our game starts at 7:25 p.m. that evening. We'd love to see you there! 

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About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 7 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! She loves writing, playing music, creating art, and spending quality time with her dogs, friends & family.
 

7th Annual GODSA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

by Jessica April 15 2015 16:06
180 Medical recently had the privilege of getting to once again participate and sponsor the annual GODSA (Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association) wheelchair basketball fundraiser. This event, which was held at the Oklahoma City University's Freede Wellness Center on April 9th, 2015, helps to raise funds to support disabled athletes.
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This is the 5th consecutive year that we've joined forces with OU Physicians to support this great tournament. We had a great group of 180 Medical employees and some of their families show up to cheer the teams on. We had a team of our own at play again as well.

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Each year that we participate, we have such a fun time, and we are all honored to get the opportunity to be a part of such a worthy cause.

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. Learn more at their official website or connect with their youth wheelchair basketball team, the Oklahoma Blaze, at their Facebook page.


180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.

6th Annual GODSA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

by Jessica April 25 2014 15:00
The 6th Annual GODSA (Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association) has come and gone, and what a fun time it was for everyone who attended to help support this awesome organization! This event raises awareness and funds to support disabled athletes in purchasing specialized sports equipment and traveling for various sporting events. GODSA is an organization that offers various adaptive sports options for Oklahoma athletes, including kayaking, hockey, basketball and more!

This is the 4th consecutive year that 180 Medical has attended and supported the event, and we once again had a team of our own 180 Medical employees to play and show support for disabled athletes.


Everyone always has a blast, and this year was no different! We showed up and cheered for the teams, including GODSA's The Blaze, a team comprised of athletes in wheelchairs.



It was a great time, and we already can't wait for next year's tournament!

Learn more about GODSA at their official site: www.godsa.org.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.
 

GODSA Wheelchair Basketball Event

by kier May 20 2013 16:14

For the past three years, 180 Medical employees have gotten in wheelchairs and played basketball against a local adaptive sports group to help raise money for their team, the Blaze.

The event included games, a silent auction, and wheelchair basketball games with members of the OU Physician's staff and 180 Medical playing against the GODSA wheelchair basketball team. 

GODSA, otherwise known as the Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association, is the adaptive sports group 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.

The event included games, a silent auction, and wheelchair basketball games with members of the OU Physician's staff and 180 Medical playing against the GODSA wheelchair basketball team.

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.