Of the ten men on the court to play wheelchair basketball, none is older than 26, each has lost at least one limb in recent combat. And no activity has provided better physical or emotional therapy than their time on the hardwood every Thursday.
“Playing this, you forget about your injuries. You really do.”
On this particular week, members of the Edinboro (Pa.) University wheelchair basketball team came to Walter Reed hospital to put on a clinic for the ex-soldiers, sharing strategy and skills.
Jim Glatch, who will coach Team USA in the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Junior World Championships, brought along two of his standout players: Tommie, who lost both limbs because of spinal meningitis when he was 4; and Trevon Jenifer, a 2006 graduate of Huntingtown High School, who was born without legs.
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