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Kids learn no matter how you get around, you can play sports

Posted at 3:09 PM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 16:15:01-04

Kids in Council Bluffs are making the most of the final days of summer break learning how they can play sports in their wheelchairs.

"Nice swing, alright"
"Choke up a little."

It's a free, week-long camp, for school-aged kids.

"It's really encouraging and motivating," Carly Sorenson, camper said.  "To know that you can do what other people can do even though you are different."

Sorensen, 16, said camp is a tradition for her; she comes back every year because it's motivating.

"They don't see you as a different person because of your disability," Sorenson said.  "They see you as part of the community."

"Around here wheelchairs are invisible," Travis Hasenkamp, a volunteer said.  "Nobody notices what you're getting around in it definitely makes the kids feel a lot more comfortable with their friends."

Volunteers thought they were coming to help teach sports, but the lessons here go beyond how to play the game.

"I struggle feeling like its hard to continue" Paige McConnell, student volunteer said.  "And after seeing they physically have something wrong and I don't it shows that I can't give up because they're doing it very well. They're making it look easy."

The greatest reward, McConnell said is watching the kids progress throughout the week.

"There's nothing really holding you back," Mia Doebelin, camper said. "Just dream big, and go for what you think is possible."

Click here for more information on how to register and volunteer at Wheelchair Sports Camp.