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Senior wheelchair basketball Player aims to make impact on and off the court

By Thomas Polcyn

October 14, 2015

Senior wheelchair basketball player Christina Young came to the University of Illinois for work and or play.Young majors in kinesiology and pre-occupational therapy, and minors in Speech and Hearing Science. She hopes those degrees will propel her into a career as a occupational therapist.A...

Wheelchair basketball’s Shelby Gruss and her love for the game

By Thomas Polcyn

September 24, 2015

When Shelby Gruss first sat in a wheelchair after a major snowboarding accident at age 18, she thought her career with the game she loved had ended. But four years later, she has redirected her passion for basketball into a position as the captain of the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball ...

Men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams open with preseason tourney

Illinois’ Nik Goncin shoots the ball during the game against Milwaukee at the Activities and Recreation Center on Saturday.

By Eli Schwadron and Drake Pena

November 10, 2014

Hard hitting, intense, violent. These might be words you use to describe a sport like football or rugby, but there is another sport being played in Champaign-Urbana that is the epitome of these descriptions: wheelchair basketball.  Everything you expect to see when watching basketball can be found in wheelchair play. ...