Being my first time ever watching wheelchair basketball I was amazed to say the least. I could not believe how skilled these players were. It was a much rougher game than regular basketball.
Imagine how it looks when an NBA player hits the ground and times that by 10. They were slamming into each other so hard it hurt me just to watch! I was shocked at the amount of upper body strength these individuals had to be able to push themselves so quickly down the court and push themselves back up when they fell down. By the way, the falls looked so painful! They were literally trampled by a wheel chair and would just roll over and get back up no problem. It also stood out to me how easily they could throw shots up and make them while someone was slamming into them with a wheelchair and someone else was throwing their hands into their face causing their wheelchair to tilt. I don't think I could ever have that much athletic ability.
I was surprised at how fast-paced the game was. The players just kept going full speed and only stopped for one or two timeouts a half. They must have been so tired. One of the players talked about how his hands and arms always get burned from stopping the wheel. When he showed us his arm, I was shocked that the players didn't wear any sort of sleeves or gloves. I know how it feels to get a burn when I fall on the ground and their entire arms were covered in burns and cuts.
It was so interesting to see how tough these guys are. I feel like a lot of athletes complain about the littlest things and it's so admirable that the Tiger Wheelchair Basketball team had nothing negative to say and were all smiles even after a loss. They all truly love the sport they play and I loved watching it. The games seemed like they went by so fast because they were so entertaining. I definitely want to go back to see more games and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys watching sports!Heather Frayn is a student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism