Photo by Liz Kirchner
Belle Heth Elementary School teachers scrimmage with the Charlottesville Cardinals wheelchair basketball team.

From the bleachers in the Radford Rec Center, 600 elementary students were screaming “Go Bobcats!” as the Charlottesville Cardinals, the Roanoke Stars Wheelchair Basketball League and elementary school teachers in tipped-wheeled chairs designed to spin and stop on a dime zoomed up and down the court playing basketball together to demonstrate the immense capabilities of differently abled people and the power of perseverance and teamwork.

“Thirteen percent of the school population has a disability,“ said Dave Sable, executive director of student services in Radford. “This is an opportunity for increased awareness and realization that people with disabilities work hard and live full lives.”

By the end of the first quarter, fifth and sixth…

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