Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 15, 2013 – One man is truly making a difference in the lives of wheelchair athletes in West Michigan and across the nation.
Lee Montgomery, head coach of the Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports basketball team, will be inducted into the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s Hall of Fame for his achievements as a player, coach, and mentor. The induction ceremony will be held at the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Tournament, April 17-21 in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been associated with the NWBA (now in its 65th year) since 1977.
Montgomery will also assist the Wounded Warriors Project at Camp Pennington in San Diego from February 25th to March 7th. He will teach Wounded Warriors to play wheelchair basketball, preparing them for the Armed Forces Wheelchair Basketball Games – a competition between the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. After these games, our servicemen and women will create wheelchair basketball leagues in their local communities based upon the foundations Lee provides at Camp Pennington.
Media crews are invited to meet with Montgomery and see his Grand Rapids Pacers team in action this coming Saturday evening, February 16th at 6:00 PM at Muskegon Catholic Center High School - 1145 W Laketon Ave. Muskegon, MI 49441. The Pacers will play the Muskegon Catholic Central boys varsity team in an exhibition game.
About Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Program
Approximately 250 athletes participate in Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Program. There are nearly a dozen competitive teams, some with national rankings. Sports include basketball, hand cycling, sled hockey, quad ruby and tennis. In addition, an annual Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp is held every summer. Clinics are also held for camping, golfing, kayaking/rowing, racing, sailing, scuba diving, snow skiing, softball, water skiing and wall climbing.
About Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited, acute care rehabilitation hospital. For more than 120 years, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has served the needs of Michigan children and adults - restoring hope and freedom through rehabilitation. The scope of rehabilitation services on the Mary Free Bed campus is not found anywhere else in Michigan: 80 acute care inpatient beds, extensive outpatient programs, as well as home and community services. The combination of comprehensive services and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enable specialty physicians and staff to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes. For additional information, visit www.maryfreebed.com or call 800.528.8989.