Just like many of his classmates, 7th-grader Michael Abrams spends hours on the basketball court. He goes to New York City at least once a week for practice and travels around the country regularly for basketball tournaments. Unlike his classmates, Michael plays basketball in a wheelchair.
“My favorite part of the game,” says Michael, “Is going down the court and making a basket.”
As one of the top scorers on his team, the New York Rolling Fury, Michael is a key player on both offense and defense.
“He is a competitor,” says his coach, Chris Bacon. “He is usually amped up, ready to play, and he plays with his heart on his sleeve.”
The New York Rolling Fury is in the Prep division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association and is ranked fourth in the country. Players range in age from eight to 13 and all the Fury players except for Michael come from New York City boroughs.
“I’ve seen a change in Michael in the three years he’s been playing for us,” says Bacon. “He was quiet and shy and didn't really talk. Now he has a lot of confidence and he's out of his shell.”
In March, Michael and his team will go to the national tournament in Kansas where they will compete against the 15 other top teams for the championship. For more information on the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, go to www.nwba.org or www.nyrollingfury.org.