Chief Moses Middle School in Moses Lake, WA is the first school to be highlighted by ParaSport Spokane.
Spencer Kimbro, a ParaSport Spokane two-sport athlete, makes a 100+mile drive once a week from
Moses Lake to Spokane for wheelchair basketball or track practice. He and his family value the opportunity afforded to them by the ParaSport Spokane program and see sport as a means for personal growth. Spencer, an 8th grader at Chief Moses Middle School approached his school track team in 2012 about joining the program to don the red & white’s of his school as well as suppliment his training with ParaSport Spokane. There has never been an athlete compete in a wheelchair for Chief Moses. Met with open arms, and minds, Spencer raced at the same meets as his fellow Chief Moses teammates in his racing wheelchair. Within his district, there are no other athletes competing in wheelchairs and the staff at Chief Moses helped make modifications to race courses and training for Spencer. At the high school level, Washington State is one of 17 states offering integrated track & field and cross country opportunities up to the state level.
Spencer also plays wheelchair basketball with ParaSport Spokane, the same level of integration cannot occur in basketball. Nor are there a large number of wheelchair basketball players in the Moses Lake area, thus the 100+mile drive to Spokane. With the team travelling to Seattle in early December, an idea was hatched to do a demonstration at Spencer’s school. Connection between ParaSport Spokane Executive Director Teresa Skinner and counselor Chris Mason was made and a day long demo within the PE classes was planned. Nearly all of the students at Chief Moses were exposed to the Paralympic movement and had a chance to get onto the court in a wheelchair basketball chair, even a few teachers had a go! A pizza lunch was provided for the team by the School and the day was a huge success.
As the saying on the gym wall at Chief Moses claims, “Sportsmanship is for a Lifetime!” This day at Chief Moses not only served to educate the school about the sport of wheelchair basketball, but also exposed the students to the Paralympic Movement and the amazing athletes at ParaSport Spokane. At the end of the day, full respect was earned for the athleticism needed to play wheelchair basketball and an understanding of the legitimacy behind Spencer’s sporting quest was developed.
Thank you Chief Moses, your students and Staff for being such great hosts and your continual support of Spencer.