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Rolling Rams team up with NC athletes

North County athletes will team up with DASA’s (Disabled Athletic Sports Association) Jr. Rolling Rams’ for the fifth annual wheelchair basketball fundraiser.

North County Student Brett Forbes was born with Spina Bifida and he is part of the St. Louis Rolling Rams. Each year his mother Beth Forbes helps to organize the local event they hold to help kids like Brett be able to participate in the Rolling Rams sports program.

Beth explained the team brings extra wheelchairs and with the extra wheelchairs they put the able-bodied kids in them.

“They realize how difficult it is to play wheelchair basketball and shooting from a sitting position is tough, it’s not what they are used to,” said Beth. “They realize these kids are very athletic in their own right.”

Beth said the reason they do these fundraisers is because the kids have to travel to be able to do sports like this. They travel the Midwest and have even competed in Nationals. In the past, fundraisers have helped the parents with equipment for the team, hotels and travel. She stressed without it, travel wouldn’t be possible for some families and this is the only way these kids get to play.

“It’s not just about my son Brett, it’s about our community and them making all this possible,” said Beth. “I appreciate our community and how they help make it possible for Brett and others to play ball.”

This year’s annual event will take place on Tuesday at North County High School and the doors will open at 6 p.m. with games beginning at 6:30 p.m. It’s an exhibition game and they will play wheelchair basketball.

“It’s $3 for adults and $1 for students,” Beth said. “The prices aren’t too high because I don’t want to eliminate kids. I want them to be able to come. It’s more than just raising money, it’s raising awareness. There are other kids out there and we would love to have them on the team if they can do it.”

There will be a silent auction and a concession stand that evening. Beth said she is still working on silent auction items for the event. She hasn’t visited all the businesses that normally donate yet, but does plan to talk with them.

“I don’t expect them to do it every year, but I always ask,” said Beth. “We have had a lot of local businesses help and we couldn’t do this without them. They make the fundraisers possible and I think it is very important to recognize our community for supporting these kids and giving them this opportunity.”

Senior Ciera Halton said she has known about this event since it first started and she enjoys watching everyone’s faces light up. She said she can really tell how hard it is when the students who aren’t used to wheelchairs get on the court.

“I love watching the game, it’s an awesome experience,” said Halton. “I feel all schools should have an event like this. It’s a truly eye-opening experience for the community. It shows that even if you are facing physical challenges, you can still do the things you love.”

Senior Emily Rud said she really enjoys seeing all of the smiles in the crowd and on the players’ faces. She feels it is a great way for the community to come together to watch basketball and support the players.

“I think it is great way for the community to come together and for the kids to get a chance to do what they love, even though they may not get to participate how other students would,” said Rud. “It makes them feel like everyone else.”

Junior and student athlete Kolten Poorman said this event shows people how amazing these athletes really are and how they do so much and work so hard at the sport. He said it really shows and they are amazing.

“These athletes are among the best,” said Poorman. “They play the game of basketball with passion and fire. They are so amazing with what they do and how they do it. I encourage everyone to come out and see this amazing group of athletes compete.”

Anyone who is interested in making a donation for the annual event can contact Beth Forbes by email at bether72@yahoo.com or by phone at 573-631-8014 and leave a message.

The Jr. Rolling Rams annual fundraiser will be held Tuesday at North County High School.

The Jr. Rolling Rams annual fundraiser will be held Tuesday at North County High School.

Each years North County athletes play wheelchair basketball with the Jr. Rolling Rams as a fundraiser.

Each years North County athletes play wheelchair basketball with the Jr. Rolling Rams as a fundraiser.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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