I figured Linden didn’t have enough to do so I signed him up for basketball. Through Linden’s twin friends we found out that the Southwest YMCA here in Austin accommodates kiddos in wheelchairs on their mainstream teams. I got in touch with the director and we were well on our way with getting Linden signed up. His first game is coming up so I thought it would be great to get a practice in. Unfortunately the Southwest YMCA didn’t have any court space available last Saturday so I reserved Hays YMCA. The plan was just to have us, the twins and their parents. This was not a formal practice.
When we arrived we were greeted by a kind man, Lee, with sports wheelchairs ready for Linden. Right behind him was the coach, Mike. We were shocked! We had no idea the YMCA was able to pull some strings and get a chair ready so fast. Not only that, we didn’t know the coach was coming. When following them into the gym we were greeted by the whole team and one of the sports coordinators from the YMCA. I was almost brought to tears. Everyone came together to support our kids, our team and our movement.
The kids played well together and had a great practice. It melted my heart to have everyone come together but most importantly the kiddos and coaches were so open, kind and patient. This is truly going to be a great season. I look forward to more inclusion. Go Celtics!