Some SportAbility wheelchairs found but it's not good news
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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -
It's been months since the Iowa Chariots have been able to play basketball.
"Lots of memories, that's for sure," said Jayden Barrett, SportAbility of Iowa Director.
In December, someone stole 13 specially-adapted wheelchairs, from the Stoney Point YMCA parking lot. Those wheelchairs belong to SportAbility of Iowa, which has been hoping for justice.
"It's more than just a wheelchair, you know, for a person that's in a wheelchair it becomes a part of their body," said Barrett. "It's taking more than just a piece of equipment."
The group was excited to learn about half the chairs were found a few weeks ago, but, someone cut the chairs into pieces. Just one was in good shape. No arrests have been made, but Cedar Rapids police tell KWWL this is still an ongoing investigation.
"It really kind of makes us feel cheated, I guess," said Barrett. "We've done so much work to try to find the chairs and everything and we just think he should be held responsible for what he did."
Meanwhile, SportAbility has been holding fundraisers to replace the chairs. The organization is placing an order soon and hopes to be back on the court in a month.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:41:17 GMT
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