ARLINGTON - About 30 U.S.
Army soldiers injured in military combat will sharpen their wheelchair
basketball skills Friday and Saturday,
Dec. 10-11, at the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) workshop and tournament
at The University of Texas at Arlington. The event is hosted by the Movin’
Mavs, UT Arlington’s elite wheelchair basketball team.
tournament, soldiers from as far away as Hawaii and Great Britain will compete
for a place on the Army's national wheelchair basketball team for the WTU Games
next summer in Colorado. While the competition revolves around basketball,
Mavs’ Coach Doug Garner said the clinic and tournament are about much more.
using sports as a way of helping people with disabilities to get back into
other activities in life,” he said.
In 2007, the Army created 35 warrior transition units at Army
installations to provide critical support to wounded soldiers who are expected
to require six months or more of rehabilitative care and their families. Garner
said through programs like the Movin’ Mavs, soldiers in transition are also
encouraged to continue their college educations.
You can see the soldiers in action between 1-10 p.m. Friday and noon-6
p.m. Saturday. The All-Star game is at 6 p.m., with the WTU All-Stars playing
the Movin' Mavs at 8 p.m. All games are in the indoor soccer gymnasium at the
Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive. Visit this link for directions.
The Movin' Mavs play in their own tournament Saturday. They will face
the Dallas Mavericks and Houston wheelchair teams at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3
p.m. in the gym of the Physical Education Building, 801 Greek Row Drive. Visit this link for directions. Admission is free to all games.
For more information about the Movin’ Mavs, visit www.utamovinmavs.com.
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of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
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