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Wheelchair basketball for a good cause

September 7, 2012

Smith Debnam participated in its first wheelchair basketball tournament at the PNC Arena benefitting Bridge II Sports.  Bridge II Sports is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for children and adults, who are physically challenged, to play team and individual sports. Seventeen teams were made up of 4 players each from the sponsoring company and one professional or college basketball star.  Each team was assigned a coach who has experience playing wheelchair basketball.

Alicia Whitlock organized the Smith Debnam team, which included Tom Gray, John Sperati, Christina McAlpin Taylor, and Sam Fleder.  Our attorneys looked pretty impressive for their first attempt at wheelchair basketball, but they did have a little help from some basketball stars, including former Duke player Andre Dawkins and Josh Powell who played for NC State and the NBA.  Coached by Nolan Turner, a 12-year-old Cary boy with spina bifida, Smith Debnam won their first game, but they were defeated in a tough second game.


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