AUBURN – The Auburn University Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team will play the University of Alabama Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team in the first “Iron Roll,” Saturday, April 2, in the Catherine Dixon Roland Arena at Huntingdon College in Montgomery.
The game is part of the Montgomery Center for Independent Living Wheelchair Basketball event hosted by the Huntingdon College Sport Science Department, which will also feature a local celebrities game with radio, television and sports personalities from the Montgomery area including Judd Davis and Josh Johnson of WSFA; JT of Mix 103.3; Doug Amos and Josh Moon of AM 740; and Greg Rauch and Joe Davis of the Montgomery Biscuits. Huntingdon teams will play in brief exhibition games as well.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Montgomery Center for Independent Living, which offers education, skills training, peer support and advocacy to assist persons with disabilities in fully participating within their communities.
Auburn’s adaptive sports program is led by biomechanics graduate student, Jared Rehm, and Nathan Waters, a rehabilitation counseling graduate student, both in the College of Education. The pair developed wheelchair sports activities at Auburn through their assistantships with the university’s Program for Students with Disabilities.
“We are excited to be a part of such a wonderful event, and represent Auburn University in wheelchair basketball at the first Iron Roll,” Waters sad. “This is a great opportunity to promote our program. We look forward to this being an annual tradition.”
The program is part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Division 3 and includes students and non-students. Rehm and Waters are working to move the program to the intercollegiate division in the next couple of years, where they will compete among eight other universities in that division.
(Written by Carol Nelson.)