Miami Valley Adapted Sports News

Charity wheelchair basketball game to teach lessons

FRANKLIN — The most important lesson taught this week at Franklin High School may occur when the school is not in session.

Franklin coaches, administrators, teachers and community leaders will play in a charity wheelchair basketball game Sunday against a wheelchair team from the Miami Valley Association for Disabled Athletes.

Last week, Brian Bales, head boys basketball coach at FHS, took his team on a surprise field trip to watch the wheelchair team practice in Riverside.

Bales called the experience “humbling and an eye-opener.” He said his players were “floored” when they learned one of the wheelchair players drove 2 1/2 hours from Fort Wayne, Ind., to Dayton for practice.

“We are so fortunate,” Bales said. “We take for granted things that we shouldn’t.”

Bales said he watched the Dayton team play a game at Fairmont High School in Kettering and that created his “special interest” in the sport.

During halftime, some of the players will talk about their disabilities, Bales said.

“It’ll be an invaluable learning experience,” Bales said.

The game is sponsored by Josh Taylor, an Edward Jones adviser and FHS graduate.

By Rick McCrabb

Staff Writer

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