Maddy’s Story

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Maddy’s story begins as the 13-year-old bristled when her mother suggested she play wheelchair basketball.

“I wanted to play real basketball,” said Maddy, who lost both her legs below the knee due to meningitis as a child.

However, she soon forgot about her initial skepticism.

Maddy participates in wheelchair basketball at the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, a United Way agency.

Although she is as mobile with prostheses as her peers are with “real” legs, playing basketball in a chair helps her focus on the ball and the game and reduces impact on her knees.

“It’s been a great experience,” says Maddy, who is a top performer at school and quite ambitious. “I look forward to practice every week.”

Maddy’s story continues as she plans to attend college and become either a chef or a physician.


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