Gift of sports wheelchair helps young athlete make his moves on basketball court

Last year 12News introduced you to Aaron Cater who devised his own way to play soccer, and he stole our hearts.  But we were not the only ones.

A Cater family friend is a member of Quota International of Southeast Texas.  When she told her club about Aaron, that got the ball bouncing for a special gift that will help Aaron in his athletic endeavors.

When Aaron Cater first started playing sports with Adaptive Sports for Kids, he made do with the wheelchair he had.  

Now things have changed.  

Aaron was surprised with a new state-of-the-art sports wheelchair at the opening day of basketball for A.S.K.

Aaron told 12News, "I didn't even know what was in there."

Debbie Benoit, president of Quota International of Southeast Texas said "We found out that he was born with Spina Bifida and that he wanted to play sports so much, but he needed one of the special wheelchairs."

So Quota International of Southeast Texas rolled forward with plans to help. They partnered with the Eagles to purchase the very expensive chair that usually cost around $3,000.

Benoit said, "The wheelchair company gave us a large discount when they found out what we were doing, which helps quite a bit."

The new chair is made specifically for sports like basketball.

Gary Cater, Aaron's grandfather says, that this chair is, "So much more maneuverable and made for sports that it's lightweight and once he gets used to it he will be able to zip around pretty fast. And as he grows to be able to really play basketball, things like that."

The parts just interchange. It's Modular. So as Aaron grows, the chair will too. And you can bet the number of points he scores will grow too.

For more information about Adaptive Sports for Kids visit their website at http://www.adaptivesportsforkids.org/


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