The head coach of a kids’ wheelchair basketball program says they will likely see a delay to the start of their season if a stolen trailer with their 34 wheelchairs isn’t returned.
The sport-specific wheelchairs and the equipment for the NRG Mini Wheelchair Basketball Program in Saskatoon were in a trailer stolen over the weekend. Each wheelchair is estimated to cost 4-thousand dollars and were custom-made for each child.
Head coach Joelle Buckle says the wheelchairs mean everything to the 5 to 16 year old kids who play in the program, especially those who have a physical disability.
“Everybody is equal in the chairs,” Buckle said. “Everybody is at the same level and it means a lot to them to be part of the team. Especially to be part of a team with a disability – not to be excluded, like they sometimes are in Phys. Ed. classes.””
Buckle says they are in talks with an insurance company, but each chair is custom made in the U-S and she doesn’t think the season will start on time if they are not returned.
The silver 2006 Royal Trailer that was stolen has a Saskatchewan license plate of 859 HDN.