School closes DDO street for wheelchair basketball

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WATCH: The Hebrew Foundation School in Dollard-des-Ormeaux held a wheelchair basketball game to teach its students about differences. Global’s Billy Shields reports – Jun 19, 2017

The Hebrew Foundation School held a wheelchair basketball game just outside its doors — blocking off a block of Hope Street to car traffic in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, as kids wheeled around in search of an elusive hoop.

“For them it’s important to see that just because someone might have a physical limitation they can still follow their dreams and follow an activity they enjoy,” Meaghan Wexelman, a teacher at the school, said.

Representatives from CIVA, a group dedicated to sports for disabled youth, gave the children a few pointers to master the basics.

According to one CIVA representative, dribbling from a wheelchair is one of the trickiest parts of the game.

The children taking part, took notice of the skill level involved in playing wheelchair basketball.

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“How crazy it is he can do that in a wheelchair and some people can’t do that without one,” said Evan Edelsgein, a Grade 6 student.

The game was part of a charity program by the school that has already raised more than $16,000 for various local organizations this year.

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