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Lincoln-Way Central Hosts Wheelchair Basketball Fundraiser
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

On Monday, April 11th, Lincoln-Way Central hosted a charity wheelchair basketball game to benefit the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association. The LWSRA Rolling Falcons took on students from Lincoln-Way Central's Human Performance class at 6:30 PM in the main gym, raising nearly $1400.

John Karales, Department Chair for Lincoln-Way Central, commented, "This is an awesome organization that the kids fully support, so it was great to see all the excitement and participation."

The LWSRA provides adaptive and special recreation services for individuals with disabilities through partnerships with various local villages. Their programs are provided for individuals from preschool through adulthood, making recreation services available to those with special needs.

Before the wheelchair basketball game, the LWSRA had taken over Central's field house for the school day, hosting a P.E. Takeover to allow the students to experience physical education through the perspective of those with special needs. Human Performance students were able to rotate between wheelchair basketball, sit-volleyball, and goalball—each activity further expanding the students' understanding of special needs recreation.

Karales explains, "The P.E. Takeover allows our students to take on sports from a different perspective. The experience makes them more passionate about raising money for the organization that can provide opportunities for those with special needs. We're incredibly proud of our students for raising money for such a great program."

Keith Wallace, Director of LWSRA, calls the program life-changing for many people. The goals of raising money, increasing community awareness, and finding athletes is aided by the donations of the community, and the enthusiasm of those like the students of Lincoln-Way Central.
To learn more about LWSRA, volunteer, or donate, visit their website at www.lwsra.org.