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As the team starts to take shape, the City University of New York Athletic Conference announced Monday that it will host a CUNY Wheelchair Basketball Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at "The Swamp" at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

As the team starts to take shape, the City University of New York Athletic Conference announced Monday that it will host a CUNY Wheelchair Basketball Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at "The Swamp" at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

In creating the first team of its kind at the conference level, CUNYAC Executive Director Zak Ivkovic noted that the clinic will be an effort to bring in current CUNY students with disabilities that have expressed interest in the CUNY wheelchair basketball program, as well as regional talent that aspires to join the team for the 2019-20 academic year.

"Over the past year, we have held multiple clinics across various CUNY campuses and have had several current students who have expressed an interest in the program," said CUNY Advisor for Inclusive Sports and Head Coach Ryan Martin. "The Northeast is a hotbed for wheelchair basketball talent from the NWBA Division I, II, III and junior levels. This is a chance to invite prospective student-athletes to campus and show them what they can be a part of."

Those who attend the clinic will participate in a combine, in which their speed, agility and ball-handling skills will be tested, before playing in a series of 5-on-5 scrimmages.

"The clinics here have been wildly successful, and we are looking forward to again showcasing this program on Aug. 24,” said Hostos Accessibility Resource Center Director Raymond Pérez. "Our data shows that individuals with disabilities historically have a higher rate of unemployment and are often less likely to attend college than their peers. By offering an inclusive environment, whether it be through adaptive athletics or other activities, we aim to change this trend. Hostos’ mission is rooted in inclusiveness, and this initiative is another great example of our commitment to our current and future students.”

This past May, the CUNY Athletic Conference announced the formation of a varsity wheelchair basketball team -- the first-ever of its kind on the Eastern seaboard. Until that point, the closest varsity collegiate program in the East had resided at Edinboro University in Western Pennsylvania. Additionally, Martin teamed up with PER4MAX and U.S. Paralympics to donate 10 high-performance wheelchairs to the cause (worth up to $50,000).

To reserve your spot in the clinic, please contact Joseph Awadjie at joseph.awadjie@cuny.edu by no later than Saturday, Aug. 17. A reservation is REQUIRED. No walk-ups will be admitted.