The Salt Lake County Rec N’ Crew Wheelchair Basketball team will play a game against Stansbury High School basketball players and coaches Thursday night at 7 p.m.
The contest will be a fundraiser for Stansbury residents Kyle Blake and Marshall Lindsay, and will be held at the SHS gymnasium.
Kyle, 13, and Marshall, 17, are team members of Salt Lake County Rec N’ Crew, and Kyle’s mother Mindy organized the game to help the Stansbury boys earn money to participate with the team this season.
The Rec N’ Crew is made up of kids with various lower extremity disabilities caused either by birth defects or accidents later in life.
“We have kids from ages 12-18 on the team from all surrounding cities in Northern Utah,” Mindy said.
This is Kyle’s second year with the team, and Marshall’s fourth year with the squad.
Kyle was born with Spina Bifida and has limited mobility in his ankles and feet. Marshall was injured in a four-wheeler accident and broke his back, which caused spinal cord injuries.
Rec N’ Crew is the only junior team in Utah. In order to compete at a high school level, the team competes outside the state. In two weeks, they will play in Arlington, Va. In December, the team travels to Phoenix and then to Milwaukee in January.
The squad trains with Neuroworx in Draper four hours a week to build their upper body strength, and then an additional six hours a week on the court practicing.
Each player needs to organize a fundraiser. Seventy percent of the money raised from the basketball game will go toward Kyle’s fees, with the other 70 percent divided up between the rest of the players on the team.
The Utah Jazz Bear is expected to attend the first half of the game.
Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family of four or more.