Madonna Magic Wheelchair Basketball Team Plays to Win


Teams came from all over the U.S. to compete against the Madonna Magic during day one of the Madonna ProActive Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.

Madonna wheelchair basketball players may have you believing in magic, but for them it's just another day on the court.

"We make miracles happen at Madonna," said Recreational Therapist, Rick Haith.

For these athletes, a wheelchair isn't getting in the way of their competitive spirit.

"We're always here to win, we're competitive," said Magic Basketball Player, Doug Bargman. "We feel like we have a really good team this year."

After a car accident left Bargman paralyzed 9 years ago he turned to wheelchair basketball to stay in shape.

"It keeps that competitive fire going," said Bargman. "It's a great way to meet other people, get to know other people with the same disabilities you have. Thats actually what helps the most."

That's why Madonna Proactive started the two-day tournament, to give basketball teams the opportunity to play the best of the best while making some friends along the way.

"Everybody that's an athlete wants to compete," said Haith. "They want to challenge themselves to the highest level they can."

Even though it's wheelchair basketball coaches say they have game plans just like any other team.

"We utilize the pick and roll scheme because obviously there's not lateral movement," said Haith. "We can't shuffle side to side, we have to use our chairs."

Whether it's win or lose, at the end of the day these players say they're in it for love of the game.


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