By Ryan Kaczmarski
On April 24, Baldwin Wallace University played host to the 2013 AMP1 Basketball Challenge: “Nothin’ but Net! Hoopin’ It Up for Disability Awareness.”
AMP1 is the only team of amputees playing stand up (instead of wheelchair) basketball in the country. The event supported Youth Challenge Sports, located in Westlake, which provides sports and recreation for children with physical disabilities.
The game and main event featured the AMP1 All-Stars versus the BW All-Stars (graduated senior men’s and women’s basketball players and student managers) in a game that is four quarters in length with each quarter lasting eight minutes. No shot clock. Between the first and second quarters, The Achievement Centers for Children’s Junior Wheelchair CAVS Basketball Team, just back from playing at the World Championships, played the Youth Challenge staff in a four-minute exhibition game. At halftime, The School of Dancing Wheels performed and the Youth Challenge kids played their unique brand of wheelchair basketball. Between the third and fourth quarters, the CAVS Jr. Wheelchair team played an exhibition game.
The day began with a practice at the Lou Higgins Center at Baldwin Wallace 10:00 a.m., then a school assembly at St. Angela’s School in Fairview Park at 1:00 p.m., a Clinic at Youth Challenge Sports at 4:00 p.m. and finally the game at Baldwin Wallace.