Cville Wheelchair Basketball Team Prepares for National Tournament
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.