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Amputee Basketball Team Stopping in Westlake Ahead of Challenge at BW

Stop is ahead of Cleveland debut challenge at Baldwin Wallace University.

AMP1, a team of stand-up (non-wheelchair) amputee basketball players, are heading to Cleveland for some inspiring hoops and will be making a stop in Westlake for a clinic April 24.

The clinic is part of an all-day affair surrounding the team’s 2013 AMP1 (www.amp1basketball.com) Basketball Challenge: “Nothin’ But Net!  Hoopin’ It Up For Disability Awareness” at Baldwin Wallace University (BW) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

There will be a whole day of activities surrounding the basketball game starting at 10 a.m. with practice at BW followed by an assembly at St. Angela’s School in Fairview Park and then a Youth Challenge at The Gathering Place – West (800 Sharon Dr.) in Westlake.

With the help of high-tech prosthetics, the AMP1 team has overcome lower limb amputations (due to traumatic accidents, birth defects and cancer) to go on and play able-bodied, non-amputee teams -- and often win.  AMP1 launched its first national tour in 2011, with stops in cities across the country, sold out games and a growing fan base. 

This visit marks the team’s first appearance in the Cleveland area, and was coordinated by Leimkuehler Inc. (www.leimkuehlerinc.com), a Cleveland-headquartered prosthetic and orthotic leader, and Youth Challenge, a sports and recreation organization designed for children with physical disabilities. 

The game will be played on April 24 in BW’s Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center. The game is free of charge, but a $5 donation is suggested at the door to benefit Youth Challenge.

The Westlake clinic is closed to the public.

The game and main event features AMP1 All-Stars versus the BW All-Stars (graduating senior men’s and women’s basketball players and student managers) in a game that is four quarters in length with each quarter lasting eight minutes. No shot clock.

Between the first and second quarters, The Achievement Center for Children’s Junior Wheelchair Cavs Basketball Team, just back from playing at the World Championships, will play BWU Greeks in a 4-minute exhibition game.

At halftime, The School of Dancing Wheels will perform and the YC kids will play their unique brand of adaptive wheelchair basketball.

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