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11/11/2011
Charlotte, NC -- Park and Recreation’s Therapeutic Recreation Division will partner with Charlotte-based BP distributor Mark Oil Company for the "Holiday Hoops for Hope" community event, which aims to spread awareness of the benefits of recreational and competitive sports for youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities. The free event is Friday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Bank of America Founders Hall.

"Holiday Hoops for Hope" will provide an opportunity for area residents to learn how children and adults with disabilities overcome physical challenges through participation in recreational and competitive sports in Therapeutic Recreation’s Paralympic Sport Metrolina program. Club members will be available to teach attendees about the unique skills it takes to perform various sports as an athlete with disabilities. Demonstrations will include wheelchair basketball, boccia, tandem cycling and hand-cycling.

Event attendees can contribute to Paralympic Sport Metrolina during the event by shooting hoops that will in turn earn the club BP gasoline to help cover travel costs. For every basket made, $1, $5 or $100 in BP gasoline (up to $1,000 worth of gas) will be donated to the Paralympic Sport Metrolina’s traveling teams. The recreational and competitive traveling teams are a valuable part of the club’s programming as it provides the opportunity for local athletes to travel for competition.

Local triathlete and 2012 Paralympic hopeful Cadie Jessup will be at the event to share her story and help Charlotte residents understand how these club members embody the “ability” in disability, and lead healthy and active lifestyles.

“We want to raise awareness of the benefits Paralympic Sport Metrolina offers adults and children with physical and visual disabilities,” said Karla Gray of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. “We are excited to give the residents of Charlotte the opportunity to try a selection of Paralympic sports themselves and begin to understand how our athletes overcome adversity every day.”