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Patrick Anderson launches UGDSB wheelchair basketball program at J.D. Hogarth PS

October 22, 2019

FERGUS, Ontario – Students at J.D. Hogarth Public School were visited by Patrick Anderson on October 22 to officially launch the Upper Grand District School Board’s Patrick Anderson Wheelchair Basketball program.

Anderson is a four-time Paralympic Champion and is considered to be the best wheelchair basketball player in the world, he is also an Upper Grand DSB graduate.

With the help of long-time friend and UGDSB teacher Andy Speers, Anderson and the Upper Grand District School Board came together to create this unique program for students to immerse themselves in wheelchair basketball.

By learning the fundamentals of the sport, students learn to work as a team, have fun and continue to learn about inclusion and accessibility.

During the assembly to officially launch the program, Anderson spoke to students about the tragic accident that lead to the loss of both his legs and explained to students how he was introduced to wheelchair basketball.

This amazing program would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors like Heritage River Retirement Residence, RGK and Sunrise Medical. Along with members of Anderson’s family, program sponsors were in attendance to see the impact of their donations on students.

At the end of the assembly, Anderson stayed at the school to further show students the fundamentals of the game through a series of workshops.

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