The New Lenox Fire Protection District is in for quite a challenge April 25 when they take on the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association Rolling Falcons in a charity basketball game at Lincoln-Way Central High School. The Rolling Falcons are coming off two impressive finishes at the National Wheelchair Basketball Association National Tournament and will have players from both teams in uniform to play against the firefighters.
The charity event, which is open to the public, tips off at 7 p.m. It will be the last in a series of fund-raising games that helps finance LWSRA’s trip to the Louisville, KY national tournament.
At the April NWBA tournament, the Rolling Falcons’ Junior Division-NIT team (ages 13 through high school), was seeded seventh out of 16 teams, ended up finishing fourth following a 2-2 showing. Thomas Duffy led LWSRA, averaging 25 points over the four games. The rest of team also had a solid showing throughout the weekend.
LWSRA’s other team competed in the Junior Division-Prep tourney and placed 6th out of 13 qualifiers after a 3-2 finish. Zach Gorecki led the way. It marked the third time in five years the Rolling Falcons advanced a prep squad to nationals
The 2013 season was the fifth year that LWSRA has been involved with wheelchair basketball. Its teams are coached and coordinated by Peter J Manglesdorf (NIT) and first year coach Mark Ballard (Prep).
“This was the best experience of my life,” said NIT team member Justin Hilman of New Lenox. “The Rolling Falcons have become my family away from home. I can’t wait for next season to begin and I’m hoping we’ll be able to build off of this year’s showing.”
About Lincolnway Special Recreation Association
Since 1976, the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association (LWSRA) has provided adaptive and special recreation services for individuals with disabilities through a cooperative agreement with the Frankfort, Manhattan, Mokena, New Lenox, Peotone and Wilmington Island park districts. LWSRA programs are designed for individuals, preschool through adult, who have recreation needs that are not met by regular park district programs.