If you have a student with a physical disability in your school or community program you can provide that individual as well as their peers with a valuable education and awareness experience at the same time teaching them empathy. Wheelchair Basketball can be a catalyst for change in your school or community and it is a fun and memorable experience that everyone can enjoy. Our school and community programs are supported by the Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund Grants Program.
Sport wheelchairs used for wheelchair basketball are available for rental to your school or community program for use in daily physical education classes, after school programs, or special events in the Greater Vancouver area. In addition a BCWBS coach or athlete can come to your program to introduce the sport, games, and activity ideas to your group.
Teachers or Program Leaders may find this is a great way to offer inclusive programming for students with physical disabilities in your program. This physical activity opportunity is best suited for individuals with good upper body mobility (to allow for catching and passing) and use of a manual chair to ensure a positive sport experience.
“Students seemed to really embrace the opportunity to try the wheelchairs and participate in a variety of games/activities while in them. Some teachers had valuable conversations with their students prior to trying the wheelchairs/wheelchair basketball and were able to cover important topics such as personal growth, physical ability, and empathy.”
Jules Quesnel Elementary School
“The highlight for many students and teachers was trying out the wheelchairs and having the perspective of someone who lives with a physical disability, for a short while. As the coordinator, I thought having Tanner come to the school was so inspiring. To hear his story and his accomplishments first hand was worth all the planning and work leading up to the event.”
Upper Lynn Elementary School
“Loved the program – used chairs in all classes throughout the week. Learned some easy games to play in class with students. Highlight was meeting Tanner and seeing his skills at wheelchair basketball.”
Immaculate Conception School – Delta
If you are interested in having wheelchair basketball at your school or community program, please contact BC Wheelchair Basketball Society to learn more about the program, rental fees, and to book a day and time at 604-333-3530 or email email@example.com.
Please Note: This program is currently only offered in Greater Vancouver, Northern BC- Prince George, and Victoria. If your program includes individuals with physical disabilities outside of these areas, please contact BCWBS to discuss possible options.