Wheelchair Basketball a Feature of This Year's "Walk 'N Roll"

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio—On Saturday, April 1, Cedarville University will be a local site for Walk ’n Roll, a fun event which allows individuals, families, and groups to raise support for Joni and Friends, a national disability outreach organization. It will also feature a demonstration by the Moraine Minutemen wheelchair basketball team and exhibition games between the Minutemen and the Cedarville University men’s and women’s basketball squads.

Walk ’n Roll participants should come to the indoor track of Cedarville University’s Doden Field House between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to walk or roll at their own pace for their chosen distance (wheelchairs or strollers only — no pets, roller blades, roller skates, or skateboards, please). They can raise money by collecting sponsorships prior to the event. Contact Corrie Hines at 1-877-CEDARVILLE or chines@cedarville.edu to obtain sponsor sheets.

Donations are used by Joni and Friends to host summer programs across the United States for families and individuals affected by disability. The programs provide fun and fellowship in a supportive environment while offering a break from the challenges of everyday life.

Shirts and prizes will be given to Walk ’n Roll participants who bring specific dollar donations. Receipts will be sent to the donors, acknowledging their gifts.

The Moraine Minutemen demonstration begins at 9:15 a.m. in the center of the indoor track, followed by games against the CU men’s team at 10 a.m. and the CU women’s team at 10:30 a.m. The Minutemen will have an open wheelchair basketball clinic at 11 a.m., another demonstration at 11:40 a.m., and an open challenge game at 12:15 p.m.

Organizers will also be collecting used mobility equipment during the event. This includes manual wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, and parts associated with mobility equipment (no power chairs, please). All donations will be refurbished and used by Wheels for the World, another outreach of Joni and Friends. For more information about donating equipment, contact Donna at teamhughes2@juno.com.

For more information about Walk ’n Roll, visit the Joni and Friends Web site at www.joniandfriends.org or contact Debra Petermann at 614-890-0000 x3241.