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Wheelchair Soccer Season Kicks Off

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The game starts just the same as any other soccer match, but theses athletes aren't using their feet.

"When you have a disability for so many different reasons sports gets put on the back burner, oh I have to do physical therapy so that I can be proficient and independent in everyday life, and you know I have to do these things just to get through my day and then I don't have time or I'm too tired or I don't have the opportunity to play sports for whatever reason, that's why this is so great because you know we give people the opportunity," says athlete, Michael Kaip. 

Dreams in Motion held its second soccer game of the season Saturday at Centennial Elementary School. The non-profit organization was founded in 2011 to provide those with mobility challenges or visual impairment the chance to play sports. Volunteers lend a helping hand to the athletes and say the experience keeps them coming back 

"It's so rewarding seeing everyone's smiles and everyone's enjoyment, you can tell no ones out there being like I don't want to be here," says volunteer, Taryn Neameyar. "Everyone wants to be there and all the volunteers are having fun it's just a great atmosphere."

And for Kaip, participating in these soccer games led to a lot more. 

"I was at one of these soccer games and a member came up to me and told me about White Water college's wheelchair basketball team and told me his son plays for them and I should check it out, so he came over and talked to me," says Kaip. 

Kaip joined  the University of Wisconsin White Waters basketball team and after finishing his first season is a national champ. He says Dreams in motion made that possible for him and is hoping to create the same opportunities for others.

"I know it's intimidating, even for my mother growing up it was oh you can't do that you're going to fail so lets no try but honestly just come check it out the biggest struggle we have is getting people in the door, but once we get them in the door they're hooked," says Kaip. 

 

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