180 Medical Takes Part in 11th Annual OKASA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

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180 Medical recently co-sponsored the 11th Annual OKASA (Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association) Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Oklahoma City. This is one of our company’s favorite events of the year, and 2019 was our 9th year to participate and play.

Local doctors, pediatric surgeons, and nurses also had competing teams against OKASA’s wheelchair basketball team, the Wheels of Thunder.

OKASA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

180 medical popcorn boothEveryone gave it their best shot as they rolled around the court and tried to make baskets. However, when it comes to matching the skills of the Wheels of Thunder players, it’s almost impossible! The Wheels of Thunder is comprised of a talented and awesome group of physically challenged kids and adolescents who really know their game.

This fun event took place at Oklahoma City University‘s Freede Wellness Center on Thursday evening, April 25th, 2019. As always, it was a blast for everyone there.

180 Medical employees were excited to participate in gathering gift cards for a special gift card basket as a donation to the silent auction. Some of us volunteered to handle the popcorn booth, while others made posters to cheer from the stands.

180 medical at 11th annual wheelchair basketball tournament

We love OKASA for all they do. That’s why we’re happy to take part in an event that funds opportunities for disabled athletes of all ages to participate in adaptive sports.

All proceeds from the tournament, including sponsorships, silent auction, and snack sales, benefited OKASA. Whether someone has a spinal cord injury or another physically limiting condition like spina bifida, OKASA is committed to helping them find joy in a new range of skills in recreational hobbies and sporting activities. Many people involved with OKASA also find lifelong friends and discover new favorite hobbies.

Adaptive Cheer and Dance Teams

In between each game, cheerleaders and dancers from Aspiring Attitudes performed organized routines to upbeat music.

Some of them have cerebral palsy or another physical condition that requires them to use wheelchairs or crutches for mobility. Others are more able-bodied but live with conditions such as Down syndrome. The one thing that they all have in common is a passion for what they do.

It’s a truly special experience to see these kids and young adults participate in an inclusive activity that they obviously love. They always bring a smile to everyone’s face in the crowd.

Overall, the OKASA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament was a ton of fun and a great success. We’re already eager for next year!

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Jessica is a Marketing Specialist at 180 Medical, and she's been a part of the 180 family for 10 years. Her favorite part of working here is the positive impact we make on lives.

She loves cooking plant-based meals, meditating, drinking tea, listening to new indie music and podcasts, and taking walks with her dogs.