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CHICAGO WHEELCHAIR BULLS HELP CELEBRATE DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK

A thrilling wheelchair basketball game on March 10 rounded out several days of activities for Disability Awareness Week at Trinity. The Chicago Wheelchair Bulls took on Trinity students and staff, teachers from Elim Christian School, and staff and clients from Bethshan Association in a game sponsored by Trinity’s student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children.

“Our theme this year was ‘People with Disabilities are People First’ and all our events centered on that theme,” said Dr. Patti Powell, associate professor of education and director of the Alexander De Jong Center for Special Education.

The Chicago Bulls are one of the few remaining NBA teams who continue to sponsor a wheelchair team. Trinity coaches Josh Lenarz ’98, Jeff Raymond, Tim Walker, and Steve DeCou directed the Trinity/Elim/Bethshan team in a game dominated by the more agile Wheelchair Bulls.

“They’ve been around for 20 years,” said Nancy Kwasteniet, director of academic support and services. “They compete nationally in a wheelchair league.”

Disability Awareness Week started on March 2 with the annual Hawaiian dance for Trinity and Elim High School students. Other activities included showing “The Ringer,” a film that highlights the Special Olympics in a humorous way. Trinity’s Sign Club also put on a performance of movie songs done in sign language.

“The primary purpose of these events was to promote awareness among our students of disability in general, how people function in terms of their disability, and how people without disabilities can relate to people with disabilities,” Powell said.


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