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Team Raises Money For Wheelchairs

MARION, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--In December we told about the Iowa Chariots, a wheelchair basketball team whose wheel chairs were stolen from a YMCA parking lot.

Since then, they've held numerous fundraisers to help replace those chairs.
   
Fire fighters, police officers, and other members of the community came to the Linn Mar High School gym to play wheelchair basketball with the Iowa Chariots.
 
For the team though, the game is not just a fundraiser, it's a statement.

Their motto says it all adapt and overcome.

Ever since Sportablity of Iowas Iowa Chariots had their wheelchairs stolen, theyve been doing just that.

"We still meet up on Sundays for basketball practice...we still play, said Jordan Houdeshell, whos part of the Sportabilitys board of directors.

"Just because we can't use our legs or if we can use our legs very little doesn't mean that we can't do the same thing as everybody else in this world, said Tasha Degroote, whos also part of Sportabilty.

The team is made up of athletes with lower-limb disabilities

Athletes like Jordan Houdeshell, a former Linn Mar student who was the first person to run wheel chair cross country at the state level, and now he's ready for more action.

"It's a chance to play basketball for one. The other thing is it's a chance to raise money to get our chairs back that were stolen, he said.

Several athletes from other wheelchair basketball teams, police officers and fire fighters came out to play.

Some are leaving with a better understanding of the team's resilience.

"They turn on the dime and how they can get the speed to go down the court. It makes you realize that wow they make the most of the situation, I'm going to make the most of this brief time I'm in the chair, said Tom Daubs of the Marion Police Department.

Inspiring others and keeping their motto alive.

"We've had a lot of help from a lot of people, Houdeshell said.

The players raised five-hundred dollars today, but altogether they are almost halfway to reaching their 40,000 dollar goal.
 
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