Athletes in wheelchairs can play America’s greatest pastime. Instead of playing on a grassy infield, the game is played on a hard surface, such as a parking lot. Wheelchair players also use a 16-inch softball, which allows them to keep one hand on the wheelchair while catching the softball without a glove.
The growing popularity of wheelchair softball has motivated Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital's Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports department to start a team. Softball players love the sound and feel of the crack of a bat against a ball. Players with upper-body mobilty and in manual wheelchairs play the game on a hard surface. Flying around bases on wheels and crossing into home plate feels like freedom.
May 2013 - August 2013
16 and up
Fifth Third Ballpark parking lot
4500 West River Drive NE
Comstock Park, MI 49321
$40 registration fee due at first practice
Sports wheelchair (if needed), bats, balls, and gear provided.
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Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Program
235 Wealthy SE
Grand Rapids, MI