I always leap with joy on my wheelchair while cheering my team to victory. I have been in love with adaptive basketball for over a decade.
When I was 7 years old, I would follow my dad to watch basketball games. I watched players on wheelchairs bouncing the ball with various skills and I decided to become part of the game—not as a player, but as a cheerleader.
I learned how to play basketball on my wheelchair, but I enjoy watching the game as I cheer the team I support into victory more.
Cheerleading is an activity in which the participants (called "cheerleaders") cheer for their team as a form of encouragement. It could include intense physical activity. It is performed to motivate sports teams, to entertain the audience, or for competition. Competitive routines typically range anywhere from one to three minutes and contain components of tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting, and this is where adaptation comes in for cheerleaders who use a wheelchair.
To become a great cheerleader on a wheelchair, I decided to adapt my wheelchair for dynamic cheerleading stunts by making sure the front castors are pulled forward, the wheels have a slight camber, and a spacer widening them from the sides of the chair. I have a solid and reliable set of brakes, something to strap me in with, a reinforced frame, a two-point anti-tip with wheels that reach the floor, and padding on every bit of it.
Cheerleading stunts start with rolling of one's wheelchair without limits in mood for celebration.
If anyone else is interested in cheering from a wheelchair, I hope this post helps!
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