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 in some school communities in BC for use in daily physical education classes, after school programs, or special events. In addition a coach or athlete may be available to 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
Greater Vancouver Region
BCWBS has adapted our School & Community Program for the Greater Vancouver area for the 2022-23 season. We are excited for new partnership with the Richmond Olympic Oval which now offers Wheelchair Basketball program for schools and community groups.
Richmond Olympic Experience Education Program Information
Richmond Olympic Experience Education Program Pricing Information
Please contact the Richmond Oval Directly to book.
Northern British Columbia
Students at school in Northern BC can learn about and try wheelchair basketball with a certified instructor. Please contact Rob to discuss your request.
Please note the Victoria Wheelchair Sports School Booking program is currently on hiatus and hopes to be back for the 2023/24 school year.
Additionally, BCWBS is hoping to support students who have been identified for our Let’s Play Program or are potential candidates for Let’s Play, as well as our junior members, in their school environment.
If your school/group has a student with a physical disability who is a Let’s Play member or a candidate for Let’s Play or a BCWBS Junior Member in your school, please send our Program Coordinator, Jacob an email.
*Note: Due to staff shortages, BCWBS is not currently accepting any requests until further notice.