Adaptive sports create opportunities for physically challenged and disabled people of all ages to be able to participate in recreational and team-based activities, including wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, martial arts and more. We have witnessed first-hand how lives can be positively impacted by getting to take part in adaptive sports like this, whether after a spinal cord injury or a lifetime with a medical condition that limits mobility.
This is a huge reason why we always jump at the chance to be a part of the OU Medicine Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, which benefits a local adaptive sports organization known as Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association (OKASA). This tournament is one of our favorite events to attend and sponsor, and 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of this awesome event.
Find out more about the tournament this year as well as the importance of OKASA's role in the local community, and how you can find an adaptive sports organization near you!
OU Medicine Wheelchair Basketball TournamentEach year, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff from OU Medicine team up to take on Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association's (OKASA) wheelchair basketball team, the Wheels of Thunder (formerly known as the Blaze). These hardworking, compassionate people play an integral role in setting up and rolling this tournament forward in order to support OKASA, and we at 180 Medical are so proud and honored to be able to help sponsor this event annually too.
180 Medical employees are always excited to be able to bring their families and friends to watch the games at Oklahoma City University's (OCU) Freede Wellness Center after work. In addition to making fun signs and collecting gift cards for a donation basket for the event's silent auction, we were glad to volunteer time at the popcorn booth to help raise even more funds for OKASA and cheer all of the teams on as the Oklahoma City Thunder drummers played.
Of course, this awesome team always manages to beat our team of 180 Medical employees, along with just about everyone else that plays against them.
In fact, their team members are all so skilled that they recently competed in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association's (NWBA) national junior varsity championship. With their immense talent on the court and a passion for the sport, we suspect they'll move forward to qualify again next year as well.
All About OKASAOKASA is a fantastic organization in Oklahoma that works to support both kids and adults who live with physical disabilities such as spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, and more.
OKASA exists to promote opportunities for health and fitness for the disabled through adaptive sporting options like wheelchair basketball.
Many of their activities offered include:
- Competitive weight-lifting
- Water sports (swimming, kayaking, etc.)
- Track & Field
- and more!
For many, participation through adaptive sports is a way for people to make new lifelong friendships with others who understand their conditions on a personal level.
Because of this and more, the annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament is not only one of the funnest events of the year for 180 Medical, it's also an important cause close to our hearts.
We truly feel blessed to be able to help contribute to funding for new equipment and opportunities for OKASA and all of their athletes.
How to Find An Adaptive Sports Organization in Your AreaAre you seeking a way to get started with some adaptive sports and activities?
OKASA is a member of the following organizations, and these links may be a great place to start:
You can also go to this link to find local adaptive sports opportunities and clubs, thanks to U.S. Paralympics.
Find out more about OKASA's mission and their programs or discover ways to help out at okasa.org.
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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 9 years. Her current job title is Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.