Jr. Raptors on a roll


Wheelchair basketball exhibition game features trio of Piqua athletes

By Michael Ullery



Mike Ullery | Daily Call Joshua DePore, 4, and Sylvestor Reinke, 13, battle for a rebound against Dayton Children’s Hospital Orthopedic staff during Saturday’s 6th Annual Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition Game at St. Helen’s School in Dayton. DaPore is a student at Piqua Central Intermediate School and Reinke is a sophomore at Piqua High School. Madison Grigsy, a classmate of DaPore, also plays on the Jr. Raptors but was sitting out Saturday’s event.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua sophomore Sylvester Reinke, 13, puts up a shot during Saturday’s wheelchair basketball exhibition game at St. Helen’s School in Dayton.


DAYTON – A large crowd turned out at St. Helen’s Elementary School to watch the 6th Annual Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition Game on Saturday.

The event featured the Jr. Raptors Wheelchair team against the Dayton Children’s Hospital Orthopedic Staff.

A trio of Piqua students play for the Jr. Raptors. Madison Grigsby and Joshua DaPore are students at Piqua Central Intermediate School. Their teammate, Sylvestor Reinke is a sophomore at Piqua High School.

The Jr. Raptors wheelchair basketball team is part of the Miami Valley Adapted Sports Program, a Paralympic Sports Club.

The group works to advocate equal opportunities for disabled individuals through education, training, and networking.

They provide disabled men, women, and children with organized competition in a safe environment. Bring disabled athletes closer together through common interest in sportsmanship and competition.

The organization also acquaints players with the fundamentals of game rules, shooting, passing, and picking.

School-age players are encouraged to maintain satisfactory grades while emphasizing the importance of keeping proper relationship and balance between scholastic and athletic endeavors.

Saturday’s event also served as a fundraiser for the 501(c)3 MVAS, including raffles and t-shirts.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Joshua DePore, 4, and Sylvestor Reinke, 13, battle for a rebound against Dayton Children’s Hospital Orthopedic staff during Saturday’s 6th Annual Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition Game at St. Helen’s School in Dayton. DaPore is a student at Piqua Central Intermediate School and Reinke is a sophomore at Piqua High School. Madison Grigsy, a classmate of DaPore, also plays on the Jr. Raptors but was sitting out Saturday’s event.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/03/web1_032517mju_bb_wc12017325212558213.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Joshua DePore, 4, and Sylvestor Reinke, 13, battle for a rebound against Dayton Children’s Hospital Orthopedic staff during Saturday’s 6th Annual Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition Game at St. Helen’s School in Dayton. DaPore is a student at Piqua Central Intermediate School and Reinke is a sophomore at Piqua High School. Madison Grigsy, a classmate of DaPore, also plays on the Jr. Raptors but was sitting out Saturday’s event.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua sophomore Sylvester Reinke, 13, puts up a shot during Saturday’s wheelchair basketball exhibition game at St. Helen’s School in Dayton.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/03/web1_032517mju_bb_wc22017325212644880.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua sophomore Sylvester Reinke, 13, puts up a shot during Saturday’s wheelchair basketball exhibition game at St. Helen’s School in Dayton.

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Wheelchair basketball exhibition game features trio of Piqua athletes

By Michael Ullery