Dreams In Motion helps everyone get in the game

Published: Mar. 11, 2017 at 8:18 PM CST
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Athletes of the highest caliber are competing in a basketball tournament in Bismarck, but not how you'd expect. They're putting wheels to the court.

A tournament where all competitors are welcome, and all will share the same challenge.

"You have incredible athletes here that just need a little help to perform at their highest level. They still want to play sports, but they need a little help," said Bruce Klootwyk Jr., a Dreams in Motion Board Member.

The tournament is put on by a group called Dreams in Motion. A non-profit that helps athletes with disabilities be active, whether through Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, or a number of other options.

"Everybody likes to win, but you know, as long as you're out, you're staying healthy, and the kids are actively living an active lifestyle. That's the best part I would say," said Dayton Farley, Founding Athlete of Dreams in Motion.

It's supported by the University of Mary Women's Soccer Team who will have a team in the competition.

"It's more competitive than you think it would be, like, we lose all of the time. They are just some really awesome kids to be around, and it's really awesome to watch them do things that they love and have us be a part of it," said Caylin Cathey, a Sophmore at the University of Mary.

The tournament is four V four, and both able-bodied and mobility-challenged athletes are welcomed at the event.

"We are out there. We can do the very same things we all can do. It's about inclusion, we want everyone to have a good time," said Klootwyk.

Paralympians will be coming to Bismarck for some one on one time with the athletes on March nineteenth before the games begin.

The tournament is taking place at Mandan Middle School on March nineteenth. Events start at 11, tournament matches begin at two.

The March Mobility Madness Basketball tournament is still accepting team entries.