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"Wheel Roll Together" Waterloo students planning wheelchair basketball tournament

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Stepping into someone else's shoes. Some eastern Iowa students are focusing on inclusion and acceptance.

Students at Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Middle School are planning a wheelchair basketball tournament for next Friday, May 18th.  

The tournament will be at 6:30 p.m. It will be at the school's gym.

To prepare for the big tournament, this week students are learning how to play wheelchair basketball in gym class. 

The students told KWWL some of the lessons they are learning.

One student says, "Everyone is equal in God's eyes, and we're all the same and no one should be judged for how they look or how they act." 

Another student says, "I should be thankful for what I have because one day I could do something and I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life too."

Vincen Liddle has been teaching these middle schoolers this week. He is also the head coach for youth wheelchair basketball team " Rolling Panthers." 

Next Friday, students, staff and other people in the community will be playing against the Rolling Panthers team. 

This is event being organized by students. They say they need your help! They are looking for people in the community to come out and watch and play!

It's just $2 and up to join. You can donate as much money as you'd like. 

All the money raised from this event will go to Sportability of Iowa.

If you would like to learn more, you can call Carol Luce at 319-232-6592. You can also email her at cluce@cvcatholic.org

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