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3rd Annual Detroit Invitational Classic - Wheelchair Tournament

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In April of 2012 the “A Wider World” crew traveled to Southfield, MI to bring you the third annual Detroit Invitational Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, sponsored by the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Athletes Unlimited. Myreo Dixon / Adapted Sports Coordinator for the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan spoke with us. 

   Mario:   “We're out here at Beachwood Rec Center in Southfield, MI. Actually this year is our biggest tournament and we have seventeen teams here from all over the US. We're competing and having a good time, so it's a great day, a great weekend. Teams came from Nashville, TN., Indiana, Chicago, Bay City, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. The team I’m on is the Detroit Diehards. We travel across the country and compete in places like Kentucky and Chicago. And we usually just stay in the Midwest until we go to the nationals in April then all the teams go to Colorado. I do want to thank all the people who bought sponsorship ads to helps us raise funds to offset the costs that we had. We had a lot of people who bought ads. Ike, which is a group athletic program that's just coming out. And the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, that's my employer, a great place. I'm a former patient of RIM. I learned a lot. I was there in 1988. Went through my Rehab and I was kind of in a low self esteem mode and when I get out of there I was like I didn't want to play basketball from a wheelchair. That's what you get from a lot of people when they first get injured. Some people don't want to hear about sports or anything. They just want to know how they're going to be able to take care of their family, provide and be a better person. And I let them know that sports is actually a gateway to being a better person, feeling better about yourself. Your confidence shoots through the roof. You feel like you can do anything and that's what basketball provides. So with me working at RIM. It's an honor and it just helps people to adjust and know that they can live.