Let’s Play Wheelchair Basketball is a new sign that shares the rules of Wheelchair Basketball and invites the public to play. It was installed at the Mayfair Recreation Centre's outdoor court in October 2021. Wheelchair basketball is played on the same court as running basketball. People who use a wheelchair every day, and those who use a wheelchair just for the game, can play together. To celebrate this inclusive sport, the Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association (MWSA) community played their first game there Saturday, October 16 at 2pm.
Artists Sasha Amaya and Thea Pedersen have been collaborating with MWSA athletes through the WITH ART community public art program since 2019. They kicked off their collaboration with Allez Hop, a glow-in-the-dark wheelchair basketball court created for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg. The collaborators range in age, ability, ideology, and interest, and came together as they found parallels between sport and art. Drawing connections between two worlds that are often deemed separate became rather simple when the common goal of promoting accessibility became the focal point.
Let's Play Wheelchair Basketball! Yearbook
In the media:
- La Liberté, posted Dec 1, 2021: Quand le sport rencontre l'art
- CanStar Community News, posted Oct 29, 2021: Wheelchair basketball takes Fort Rouge court
- The Manitoban, posted Oct 4, 2019: Wheelchair basketball court installation draws in Nuit Blanche Winnipeg attendees