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Basketballs stolen from Sportability wheelchair basketball team

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Someone stole basketballs from the Sportability wheelchair basketball team this month. The regulation basketballs cost more than $80 a piece and they are missing six.

The wheelchair basketball team is still training hard despite their basketball shortage. Unsure who stole six of their balls.

"No we don't know exactly who did it, we don't have proof of who did it, but it was some individual that was coming to check out the program and just decided to walk off with one of our basketballs and it ended up happening four or five times," said Jayden Barrett, President of Sportability of Iowa.

This is not the first time the team's equipment has been stolen. A few years ago their wheelchairs were taken. The team says they are just trying to play basketball and give their life purpose.

"If you've ever been through a situation where you lost the ability to walk or you were born with spinal bifida or something like that it really kind of feels like life is trying to control what you're able to do and this kind of turns the tables around and says, 'no I am gonna do what I want to do'," said Barrett.

But, the team is not just for people with disabilities. They say they invite anyone to come get in a chair and try it out.

"It's completely inclusive and that's really the beautiful thing about it. We are eliminating the silver lining that divides people with a disability from not disabilities," said Barrett.

The team created a Gofundme page to raise money to replace the stolen balls. If you would like to help you can visit https://www.gofundme.com/2fj0zfw.

For more information on Sportability of Iowa visit http://sportabilityofiowa.org/.

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