This may come across like a surprising statistic but there are almost 11 different kinds of wheelchair sports, including wheelchair football, basketball, DanceSport, power hockey, Powerchair football and wheelchair tennis. Moreover there are about fifty recognized tournaments worldwide that carry out wheelchair sports. Examples include the Annual Al Youakim Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, Mathew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, Major League Wheelchair Softball Tournament, and the D2 National Wheelchair Softball Championship.
Sports today for those with sound bodies has become such an important area that with the resources, technology and innovation we have it would have been quite inconsiderate if there were no sporting facilities for those in wheelchairs. Imagine a family with four brothers in it. Three of whom are all on college sports teams while the fourth is handicapped. That kid in particular and the millions like him worldwide in a wheelchair may be deprived of proper use of legs from God; but if the world did not know sports for the disabled like it does today, all of those millions of innocents on wheelchairs would be deprived of their self respect by the world, and unfairly so.
Wheelchair sports took official shape with the 1948 Stoke Mandeville Games for the Paralyzed. After several name changes over the years the event is now known as the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) Words Games. Furthermore there is an even bigger platform of not only wheelchair sports but for anyone with any sort of disability, the Paralympics. Without a doubt, for people in wheelchairs the biggest desire in life would be to be able to use whatever body they can and enjoy a game. They might not even care what game. For all they care, they could invent a game for their own good as long as they get to use their limbs! Either way, for people in wheelchairs, sports is the best way to give them a sense of equality with those who have perfectly fine bodies. Research shows that 89% of all people in wheelchairs aged 40 and below said if given a chance to play a sport from or without their wheelchair they would play it now.
What we don’t usually realize is that the disabled have very little to be offered out of life when it comes to sporting opportunities. What’s worse, this affects their existence more than we can imagine. Just like not being able to listen to music affects the deaf, or not being able to see light affects the blind. We take playing sports for granted without even thinking how much this little something in our lives means to millions of disabled people all over the world. In fact it would be safe to say that for most of us playing sports is something as random as, say, buying youtube likes.
For people in wheelchairs, playing sports is heaven. Today, with tournaments like Paralympics and Special Olympic Games, the world is giving this heaven to as many disabled people in wheelchairs as possible.