AUBURN – The Auburn University Office of Accessibility and the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology will co-host the first Auburn Wheelchair Basketball Invitational, Sunday, March 4, at Auburn Arena.
The tournament will feature three games: Auburn vs. Lakeshore Foundation at noon; Lakeshore Foundation vs. Shepherd Center at 2 p.m.; and Auburn vs. Shepherd Center at 4 p.m.
Admission to the tournament is free. Spectators can gain access to the arena through the building’s Scholarship entrance.
The event grew from the vision of one current and one former College of Education graduate student. Nathan Waters, who earned a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, and Jared Rehm, a doctoral candidate in exercise science, have played a pivotal role in growing Auburn University’s Adaptive Recreation and Sports Program.
Waters now works as a disability specialist in the Office of Accessibility.
Rehm earned a master’s degree in biomechanics from the Department of Kinesiology. The pair developed wheelchair sports activities through previous assistantships with the Office of Accessibility and have even invited participation from non-students.
As an undergraduate student, Rehm played for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s wheelchair basketball program. He has also competed in the National Collegiate Wheelchair Tennis Championships.
(Contributed by Troy Johnson.)