Students at UT Arlington help injured veterans play basketball


In an effort to help wounded veterans who are in wheelchairs, students from the University of Texas at Arlington's Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team host workshops and tournaments. The Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) camp is designed to prepare soldiers for the Army's national wheelchair basketball team and the annual WTU Games each summer.

"We are using sports as a way of helping people with disabilities to get back into other activities in life," said Doug Garner, coach for the Mavs.

Garner added that programs such as the Movin' Mavs workshops can help soldiers transition to civilian life after service, and encourage them to continue their education. Military members from across the world attend the event.

According to the school, the Army created 35 WTUs in 2007 in an attempt to provide support to wounded soldiers who need more than six months of rehabilitation, as well as their families.

UTA has offered wheelchair basketball since 1976. More than a decade later, the recreational team became a recognized intercollegiate program. Participating students are eligible for full-tuition scholarships.

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