MARCY, NY – Local athletes from the Whitesboro Central School District took on members of the Sitrin Stars in the J-Rob Foundation Wheelchair Basketball Game Tuesday.
The game took place in the Whitesboro High School gymnasium.
Proceeds from the game were donated to the J-Rob Foundation.
The Whitesboro Wheelin’ Warriors team was made up of students and faculty members from throughout the school district.
The Wheelin’ Warriors were joined by Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin.
During the days leading up to the game, students had the chance to meet the founder of the J-Rob Foundation, Jason Robinson.
Robinson, a student at Westmoreland High School, is also a local para-athlete.
Abbie Sutliff, co-director of the wheelchair basketball game and an elementary school teacher, said the students had the opportunity to spend time in wheelchairs to prepare themselves for the game.
“It really gave them a different perspective of what everyday life is like. They were able to stand up and get out of their wheelchair, unlike the Sitrin Stars. Many of them have competed at a high level and they’re all amazing. They definitely found some new heroes through this program.”
There were no losers on the court, following a 70-70 tie.
The real winners though were the J-Rob Foundation and all the young people the organization helps out.