Youth

The Future of Wheelchair Basketball

Photojournalist of the Day: Saowalak N. (Thailand)

Hello! My name is Saowalak but my nickname is ‘Mook’. Today is the final day of camp and I have learned so much about wheelchair basketball here in Illinois. I learned new skills, especially in the shooting position, and the importance of teamwork.

The camp also gave me new friends from other countries! Today was a very good day playing wheelchair basketball with my teammates. I’m also glad I was able to score for our team!

I hope that in future I can help my team grow and teach the new generation of wheelchair basketball athletes in Thailand. Thank you for this opportunity!

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.

Building from the Basics

Photojournalist of the Day: Kairat T. (Kazakhstan)

Similar to the previous days, our third day at the wheelchair basketball camp brought tons of information.

We have been discussing different aspects of training during the coaches clinics. During today’s session, we examined best practices on facilitating teamwork by watching and analyzing videos of wheelchair basketball games at the Paralympics. We also gained insight on how sports wheelchairs are measured to fit each player’s specific needs.

The youth athletes (also know as ‘campers’) have been learning a bit more complex techniques which they have been building up to since the first camp session. These new techniques include screen-and-roll and triple switch, which they have been practicing during the game play as well as other basics they learned over the last few days.

The day was long but full of useful and practical information and knowledge!

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.

From the Trainers of Trainers

Photojournalist of the Day: Pittaya P. (Thailand)

Yesterday we transitioned from Chicago to the University of Illinois so today was our first full day of camp. Everything has been good so far from the accommodations to the cafeteria and the gymnasium. The training been excellent including the content and all relevant staff. The team leading the coaching clinic are the “trainers of trainers” and have been very helpful and supportive throughout the camp.

I have been quite impressed and I hope to be able to reap as much knowledge as possible to apply to the development of the sport especially through my role with the national wheelchair basketball team of Thailand.

Finally, I would like to thank all the staff and related people on this program, and hope that this beneficial experience will happen again for future Sports Visitor groups.


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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.

First Day at Camp

Photojournalist of the Day: Lestein A. (Kazakhstan)

Today we arrived at the basketball camp and began preparing to learn more about the sport. For the first time in my life I played basketball and it was a very good experience. I cannot convey my impressions with words. We met many experienced players and we worked with these people on the court. We found new friends and we exchanged experiences with each other. We learned the rules and the game itself while playing basketball. It was a special day for me.

Today was a great day, and I am sure that tomorrow we are going to have even more fun. Thanks for your attention!

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.

America's Pastime

Photojournalist of the Day: Tawatchai J. (Thailand)

Today, although there were not many activities like the previous days, I had a lot of fun. I experienced live baseball match for the first time and it was one of the best experiences of my life! I was a little sad because our home team, the Chicago White Sox, didn't win but it will still be good memory forever.

When we first arrived to the U.S. I was very excited because it was my first time in this country. I was, however, also worried about a few things, especially not being able to speak English fluently. Today pushed me to practice my English skills more and to realize that if we try to learn more, it won't as difficult or nerve-wracking.

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.

Learning the Basics

Photojournalist of the Day: Askat A. (Kazakhstan)

Today is our one week mark in Chicago and the program was different than the previous days. Our main goal today was to learn the basics of wheelchair basketball. Dan, from the Chicago Park District, has over 25 years of experience in the sport and he led our workshop. He taught us how to play basketball and the importance to play not only for yourself but also for the whole team. Wheelchair basketball is an intense sport! The session was helpful to prepare for the camp in Champaign.

After lunch we had a debrief session with the program team where we summed up our time in Chicago.

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Wheelchair Basketball, Disability Rights, and Inclusion", brings 14 participants from Kazakhstan and Thailand to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.