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Wheel Chair Basketball Game brings National Disability Awareness Month to a close at Wright-Patt

Phil Hogue, from Nephi, Utah, brother of Master. Sgt. Samuel Hogue, 445th Security Forces Squadron, attempts to block a pass by Mr. Keith Cable, Air Force Research Laboratory system administrator, during the 2nd annual wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Hogue who was visiting his brother took the opportunity to participate in this awareness month activity to feel what it is like to play this popular sport while bound to a wheelchair. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Phil Hogue, from Nephi, Utah, brother of Master. Sgt. Samuel Hogue, 445th Security Forces Squadron, attempts to block a pass by Mr. Keith Cable, Air Force Research Laboratory system administrator, during the 2nd annual wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Hogue who was visiting his brother took the opportunity to participate in this awareness month activity to feel what it is like to play this popular sport while bound to a wheelchair. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Staff Sgt. Misty Mehlerwein, 88th Communications Squadron knowledge management center non-commissioned officer- in-charge, races Mr. James Terpenning, an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center management analyst and member of the Miami Valley Raptors, to a loose basketball during a wheelchair basketball game Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This is the 2nd year that a wheelchair basketball game has been held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities around the base.  (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Staff Sgt. Misty Mehlerwein, 88th Communications Squadron knowledge management center non-commissioned officer- in-charge, races Mr. James Terpenning, an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center management analyst and member of the Miami Valley Raptors, to a loose basketball during a wheelchair basketball game Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This is the 2nd year that a wheelchair basketball game has been held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities around the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Arnold, 88th Air Base Wing command chief, gives chase to Mr. James Terpenning, an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center management analyst and member of the Miami Valley Raptors, during the 2nd annual wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Civilians and service members from around the base were able to play an exhibition game against four members from the Miami Valley Raptors and feel what it is like to play this popular sport while bound to a wheelchair. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Arnold, 88th Air Base Wing command chief, gives chase to Mr. James Terpenning, an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center management analyst and member of the Miami Valley Raptors, during the 2nd annual wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Civilians and service members from around the base were able to play an exhibition game against four members from the Miami Valley Raptors and feel what it is like to play this popular sport while bound to a wheelchair. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Greg Johnson, a member of the Raptors from Xenia, Ohio, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Jason France, Air Force Materiel Command command chief, prior to the start of the wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This is the 2nd year the base has hosted a wheelchair basketball game as part of the awareness month. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Greg Johnson, a member of the Raptors from Xenia, Ohio, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Jason France, Air Force Materiel Command command chief, prior to the start of the wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This is the 2nd year the base has hosted a wheelchair basketball game as part of the awareness month. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Players participate in the 2nd annual wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Civilians and service members from around the base were able to play an exhibition game against four members from the Miami Valley Raptors and feel what it is like to play this popular sport while bound to a wheelchair. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Players participate in the 2nd annual wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Civilians and service members from around the base were able to play an exhibition game against four members from the Miami Valley Raptors and feel what it is like to play this popular sport while bound to a wheelchair. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Service members participate in the 2nd annual wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In addition to military members, civilians from around the base were able to play an exhibition game against four members from the Miami Valley Raptors and feel what it is like to play this popular sport while bound to a wheelchair. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Service members participate in the 2nd annual wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. In addition to military members, civilians from around the base were able to play an exhibition game against four members from the Miami Valley Raptors and feel what it is like to play this popular sport while bound to a wheelchair. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Fans cheer on players during the 2nd annual wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This is the 2nd year that a wheelchair basketball game has been held as part of the awareness months activities around the base.  (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

Fans cheer on players during the 2nd annual wheelchair basketball game held as part of the National Disability Awareness Month activities, Oct. 26, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. This is the 2nd year that a wheelchair basketball game has been held as part of the awareness months activities around the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Wesley Farnsworth)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Service Members, government civilians and members of the local community gathered for the annual wheelchair basketball game held inside the Wright Field Fitness Center, Oct. 26.

This 2nd annual game marks the end of various activities held around Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for National Disability Awareness Month and the goal was to give those without the disability a chance to see what it is like to play a popular sport with a disability.

“There are so many people that have disabilities and not just the mobility type but also mental,” said Master Sgt. Brandon M. Arenibar, event coordinator. “We do wheelchair basketball because we wanted to bring light to members that have mobility disabilities and give the public a chance to be in their shoes and to feel what it’s like to be bound to a wheelchair.”

In two fifteen-minute games, twelve Airmen and Civilians took on four players from the Miami Valley Raptors, three of which work here on base.

“This is my 2nd year participating in this game and it’s great because of the awareness it brings and demonstrates we can adapt any able bodied sport to be played in a wheelchair,” said Greg Johnson, a member of the Raptors from Xenia, Ohio. “I’ve been in this wheelchair for close to 30 years and it’s always fun to see the publics face when they try to play a sport for the first time while being in a wheelchair.”

While fans cheered on both teams, the Raptors beat out the volunteer players with a combined score of 32 to 20 between the two games plays.

“I’m extremely pleased with the turnout not only here today but over the last month at our various events,” said Arenibar. “We have really been able to highlight and promote awareness of various disabilities through the events held across the base.”