Below are pictures from the Red Dawgs halftime demonstration at the Creighton Lady Jays vs. Illinois State basketball game held at the Civic Auditorium on Saturday, March 3, 2007.
The Nebraska Red Dawgs Jr. Wheelchair Basketball Team consists of 23 physically-disabled children ages 7-17 from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota who, because of birth defects, serious injuries and diseases, use wheelchairs to compete. The team practices in Omaha every Saturday from September through March. The players come from up to three hours away to form a team in Omaha and, therefore, must travel to find teams to compete against.
The Junior-Varsity/Varsity team consists of 11 players who are between the ages of 13 and 18. These players are the more advanced players due to their skill or age level. The Prep team consists of 12 players who are between the ages of 8 and 15 who are either new to the game or still mastering the fundamentals of the sport. The Prep team plays on an 8½-foot hoop. The Red Dawgs Prep squad just returned from the national tournament in Seattle where they placed third!
Wheelchair basketball is an intense, competitive game following many of the same rules as able-bodied basketball with a few changes. For example, a player must dribble the ball once for every two pushes of their chair. The offensive player has only four seconds in the offensive lane, but if the ball hits the rim, the count starts over. Wheelchair basketball is played at several colleges and universities as well as in competitive leagues in many cities across the country and around the world.
Anyone, ages 7 through grade 12, can compete as a Red Dawg. The only requirement to play
wheelchair basketball is that you are unable to compete/participate in traditional athletics because of a disability. Our players use wheelchairs, but some don't require them for day-to-day use. We usually can provide wheelchairs for those who don't have one of their own to use. If you, or someone you know, is interested in being a Red Dawg, talk to any of the Red Dawg parents or coaches this evening, or contact Team Representative Julie Clopper-Smith (402-483-1770) or Coach Mike Kult (402-554-3232).