About the Sunrise Suns

History of the team:

The Sunrise Suns Wheelchair Basketball Team originally began as a recreational team under the umbrella of Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, Broward chapter. Dr Lauren Lerner, Fran Wade and Sue Krinsky all of HealthSouth Sunrise Rehabilitation Hospital as well as members of the board of directors for the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group saw a need to develop a wheelchair basketball program for the disabled. They contacted the City of Sunrise who were extremely receptive to the idea of starting a program. The city opened its doors at the Village Multipurpose Center offering the group two hours of practice time twice a week. SCISG and a grant purchased the first four basketball chairs the group needed to start the program in October of 2010. By February of 2011, the group had more players than chairs. After visiting a practice session, Mayor Michael Ryan, of the City of Sunrise, saw the need the group had for more wheelchairs and made a promise to assist the group in raising the funds for additional wheelchairs. The excitement grew and, within two months the group was able to purchase additional basketball wheelchairs, and on April 25th 2011, the Sunrise Suns were born. The team grew into a full fledged wheelchair basketball team and became sanctioned by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA.) in August of 2011, with seventeen disabled members on its roster. The team consisted of spinal cord injured, cerebral palsy, spinal bifida, polio, and amputee individuals.

The Sunrise Suns basketball team is committed to providing quality training, practice, competition and social development to allow our team members to be the best they can be. We participate in many community activities to educate the community on the needs of the disabled. The team has been featured in several news articles. This sport gives the players an opportunity:

TO TAKE THE DIS OUT OF DISABILITY

Mission statement:

Sunrise Suns Wheelchair Basketball Team will promote the growth of wheelchair basketball athletes. Individuals will develop leadership skills, sportsmanship, self discipline and athletic conditioning both on and off the court. The Sunrise Sun's are committed to providing quality training, practice, competition and social skills development to allow our team members to be the best they can be.

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