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Wheelchair basketball coach & player earns spot in national hall of fame

Coach Lee 2Lee Montgomery — a wheelchair basketball player and coach of Mary Free Bed’s Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports’ basketball teams, the Junior Pacers and the Adult Pacers — recently was inducted into the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Hall of Fame.

2015 NWBA Hall of Fame - Coach LeeThe coach’s relationship with Mary Free Bed spans more than 5 decades. Coach Lee, 57, was born with limb differences and received his first prosthetics from the hospital when he was 5 years old. He discovered wheelchair basketball when he was 14 and has played or coached ever since.

“I’m just giving back to our kids,” Montgomery said. “I’m not the type of person to just sit around.”

Coach Lee won a gold medal for wheelchair basketball in the 1990 Pan American Games and played sitting volleyball in four Paralympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996). In 1993, he ranked 10th in the U.S. among wheelchair tennis players. He was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and continues to be the only wheelchair athlete among those honored.

Mary Free Bed is fortunate to have volunteers, like Coach Lee, who donate their time, talents and passion to programs that enrich the lives of our patients and community. Congratulations, Coach Lee, and thank you for all that you do!

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5 Comments

Jan Parmenter

We are so privileged to have Coach Lee working with our children. He truly cares about them on and off the court. Congratulations Coach, this is an honor you have truly earned from your years of service to the community.

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Nancy Willmore

It has Been a great honor having my son Anthony to be part of the team coached by Coach Lee. He has been a mentor, a father, a friend to my son, besides being his coach. Coach Lee has been also a great part of our athletic program from the Dominican Republic. I thank God for having coach Lee in our lives. Thank you coach Lee for all your support, and for always being there for our family. God bless you greatly. Congratulations!

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Michael Den Braber

Coach Lee!

You are an amazing Servant in your Role. The Den Braber’s have been so richly blessed with meeting you on the journey of Life! Thank YOU for your commitment to our kids, it doesn’t go unnoticed!

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