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Darlene Hunter on her women's wheelchair development camp and playing with the Dallas Wings

Darlene Hunter, center, with attendees from the Lady Mavs women's wheelchair development camp.
Darlene Hunter, center, with attendees from the Lady Mavs women's wheelchair development camp.
Imagine being a 12-year-old aspiring basketball player with posters of Skylar Diggins-Smith and Liz Cambage lining your bedroom walls. You dream of hitting the hardwood with your favorite pro ballers. Then it happens.

Paralympic gold medalist Darlene Hunter runs the Lady Mavericks wheelchair basketball team and hosts an annual women's wheelchair development camp out of the University of Texas-Arlington. After being named a Toyota Everyday Hero at the 2017 espnW: Women + Sports Summit, which is accompanied by a $10,000 grant, Hunter expanded the reach of the camp. Her goal was to give more adaptive women and girls, typically between the ages of 12 and 26, the opportunity to improve upon their games and learn valuable life skills, all free of charge.

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