The Southwest Minnesota State University wheelchair basketball team will be arriving in the community of Sleepy Eye on April 13 in order to play a wheelchair basketball game featuring local high school teams, alumni, and members of the community.
The event will be held at the Sleepy Eye Public High School gymnasium at 7 p.m. on April 13. The dinner will be served at 5 p.m. in the Sleepy Eye Public High School cafeteria with the wheelchair basketball game to follow.
The Sleepy Eye Lions Club will be sponsoring the local event. Proceeds raised will benefit the SMSU basketball team, St. Mary's School and Sleepy Eye Public Schools.
The purpose of the event is to promote awareness and create youth and community involvement within the Sleepy Eye area.
Tickets are available at Sleepy Eye Public School, St. Mary’s School, Americana Community Bank, First Security Bank, and the Sleepy Eye Southpoint Federal Credit Union, as well as from Lion’s Club members.
The Mustangs finished the season with a record of 13-13 and have even won three National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament championships in 1981, 1983 and 1986.
Wheelchair basketball was created for disabled veterans during World War II. In 1948, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association was started and oversees today’s program. The NWBA has over 200 teams within seven divisions.