SHERMAN, TEXAS —Austin College students will step up to their wheelchairs this week for a wheelchair basketball competition to raise money for charity. The wheelchair basketball tournament will culminate in a 10-minute face-off with a faculty team during halftime at the men’s basketball game at 8 p.m. Friday, February 17.
The Austin College Rotaract is organizing the weeklong events, in which five teams are competing. The single-elimination student tournament begins at 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, in Sid Richardson Center of Mason Athletic Complex on the Austin College campus. Other events include a raffle and bake sale on campus.
Off-campus, Rotaract will hold a fundraising event at Buffalo Wild Wings from 5 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, February 19. Diners may tell their servers they are participating in the fundraiser, and 10 percent of all pre-tax food sales will go to Rotaract. (Alcoholic beverages are not included in the calculation.)
Rotaract is a community service organization, affiliated with the local Rotary Club. All funds raised will be donated to the Wheelchair Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs to every person worldwide who needs mobility assistance but doesn’t have the means to afford a wheelchair. This is the fifth year of the wheelchair basketball tournament; in years past, students also have been able to rent a wheelchair for a day to experience limited mobility.
The student organization also organizes St. Baldrick’s, which funds children’s cancer research with the assistance of volunteers who shave their heads to raise money and increase awareness. Rotaract also donates to the Grayson County Women’s Crisis Center, Children's Advocacy Center, Hannah's Horseshoes of Hope, and other local causes.