Quantcast

Cville Wheelchair Basketball Team Prepares for National Tourname - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Cville Wheelchair Basketball Team Prepares for National Tournament

Posted: Updated:
Charlottesville Cardinals Charlottesville Cardinals
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

One Charlottesville basketball team is defying the odds.

Despite struggles on and off the court, this wheelchair basketball team is nationally-ranked and on its way to compete in a national tournament in April.

This team perseveres despite some challenges most other top teams don’t face.

Brandon Rush joined the Charlottesville Cardinals more than ten years ago.

“I first discovered the team back in 1997. I had a bicycle accident when I was fourteen,” he said. “Days when I am frustrated, you know, I can come out here and push hard and get some of the stress off your back.”

Right now, the Cardinals are ranked 14th in the country and are looking to break into the top ten.

“We are here to showcase what people with disabilities can do and to let people know we are an outlet for people to be recreational and to have a chance to be competitive too,” Rush said.

James Cook is the team's newest player. He travels two and a half hours every weekend from Virginia Tech to practice with the Cardinals in Charlottesville.

“It is really cool,” Cook said. “It is an experience where you get to be with people who have shared similar experiences and can learn from them, especially some of the guys who have been playing for a while and in chairs for a while.”

The players have varying levels of disability and also different levels of basketball experience.

The team is always looking for new members as well as the fan support.

If you are interested, click here.

  • Sign Up for Email Alerts

    Sign up to receive NBC29 news and weather updates in your inbox daily.

    * denotes required fields



    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  1. A former University of Virginia associate dean who is facing federal child porn charges is expected to plead guilty on Monday.
Full Story
  • Memorial Services Scheduled for Gus Deeds

    Memorial Services Scheduled for Gus Deeds

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:14:50 GMT
    Memorial services for Gus Deeds, son of state Senator Creigh Deeds, are planned for the beginning of May.Full Story
    Memorial services for Gus Deeds, son of state Senator Creigh Deeds, are planned for the beginning of May.Full Story
  • Sexual Violence Survivors Make Glass Art at Take Back the Night Event

    Sexual Violence Survivors Make Glass Art at Take Back the Night Event

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:41:56 GMT
    Friday, some survivors of sexual violence got together to break a little glass, make art, and heal at the same time in Charlottesville.Full Story
    Friday, some survivors of sexual violence got together to break a little glass, make art, and heal at the same time in Charlottesville.Full Story
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVIR. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.