Washington Park Fieldhouse (5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.)
Follow the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team, in their quest for a national championship. It is a story of unwavering resolve and a testament to our innate ability to connect and work together despite challenges.
Short: 4 Quarters of Silence (17 min.) – The Texas School for the Deaf Rangers, the only high school football team serving students with hearing impairments takes on a competitive league.
Adaptive Sports Activity — 12:00pm
The Chicago Skyhawks are a Division III member team of the National Wheelchair basketball Association (NWBA), the governing body for wheelchair basketball in the U.S. The Skyhawks team was established at the start of the 2014-2015 season by the Chicago Park District and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (recently renamed Shirley Ryan Ability Lab), longtime partners in local adaptive sport development programs. Through this concerted effort to help teen youth and young adult survivors of gun violence on the South and West sides of the city have positive athletic and social outlets, the Skyhawks were born. The team also serves as the wheelchair basketball home for some of our graduating junior athletes who do not transition to the NWBA Collegiate Division after high school. Over the past three seasons, the Skyhawks roster has grown in number to 35+ athletes, 85% of which have an acquired spinal cord injury from gun violence. Under the tutelage of longtime player and veteran head coach Jorge Alfaro, himself a gunshot survivor, the Skyhawks have developed on-court skills and a positive chemistry. This season, their sights are set on qualifying for the 70th National Wheelchair Basketball Championship Tournament in Louisville, KY at the end of March.