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Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp: ‘You feel like you belong’

When Sule Christiansen arrived for the fourth time at Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp, she once again felt welcomed. “Everyone is so nice, and it’s a lot of fun,” said Sule, 18, who traveled from Plymouth to Grand Valley State University in Allendale. “You feel like you belong, because there are so many kids just like…


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Amway River Bank Run

The Amway River Bank Run is Saturday, May 11 in downtown Grand Rapids. Mary Free Bed sponsors 25K handcycle and wheelchair racing divisions for competitive handcyclists and wheelchair athletes only. Divisions are not designed for leisure racing. Click here for race details and registration information. Contact Christy VanHavar at 616.840.8207 with questions about the event….


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Mary Free Bed handcyclist Matthew Chaffee to compete in Boston Marathon

When Matthew Chaffee was introduced to the world of adaptive sports, it changed the way he views his disability. “I learned to be more independent,” said Matthew, who was paralyzed in a 2014 motorcycle crash. “I’ve met people with all types of disabilities, and everyone has their own way of doing things. The more I…


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13th Annual Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Sled Wings Fundraiser Game

In this unique and highly-anticipated event, the Griffins will host a friendly yet competitive game of sled hockey with the Grand Rapids Sled Wings. This event benefits the Griffins Youth Foundation and the Sled Wings. Experience sled hockey for a $1 donation. Griffins players and coaches also will be on hand for autographs.


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Olive Garden Spaghetti Dinner

Support the Grand Rapids Sled Wings through this popular annual event. All ticket sales benefit the Sled Wings for seasonal expenses such as travel to tournaments, equipment needs, uniforms, ice time and hosting a home tournament. Tickets are $8. Free to children five and younger (checks payable to Mary Free Bed). Meal includes a complete Olive…


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Fifth Third River Bank Run

The 41st annual Fifth Third River Bank Run is Saturday, May 12 in downtown Grand Rapids. Mary Free Bed sponsors 25K handcycle and wheelchair racing divisions for competitive handcyclists and wheelchair athletes only. Divisions are not designed for leisure racing. Click here for race details and registration information. Contact Christy VanHavar at 616.840.8207 with questions…


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Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports motivates 10-year-old Ginessa to compete

Ginessa Aguirre is a spunky 10-year-old with a long brown ponytail who likes making slime, watching YouTube and cuddling with her cat, Smokey. She also likes cooking and baking with her mom, Nora. But what Ginessa likes most is playing basketball. “I like to steal the ball,” she said. See? Spunky. Ginessa plays for the…


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Sled Wings Benefit Dinner

Support the Grand Rapids Sled Wings through this popular annual event. All ticket sales benefit the Sled Wings for seasonal expenses such as travel to tournaments, equipment needs, uniforms, ice time and hosting a home tournament. Tickets are $10. Free to children five and younger (checks payable to Mary Free Bed). Meal includes a complete Olive…


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Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

Mary Free Bed Invitational a highly competitive National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday Mary Free Bed YMCA, 5500 Burton St. SE, a revolutionary, fully accessible facility More than 130 athletes representing 11 wheelchair basketball teams from Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. Two teams – The…


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