In partnership with Toyota and the Philadelphia 76ers, CAF welcomed 40 youth basketball players of all abilities for a fun and inclusive day of instruction and gameplay at the Chase Fieldhouse.
These youth athletes received the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques from 76ers coaching staff and four-time Paralympian, co-captain of the gold-medal U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, and CAF and Team Toyota athlete, Steve Serio. Steve, who expressed why inclusive events like this one are so important to young athletes stating, “we are all united through this amazing game of basketball.”
The excitement continued the following day for two local youth athletes, Willie Adames De Lara and Samuel Akinfenwa, who were brought to center court just before a 76ers game and surprised with their own custom Top End Basketball Wheelchairs that came down from the ceiling! Thanks to grant support from the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association, Willie and Samuel can chase their goals and compete in the upcoming wheelchair basketball season.
This event is part of CAF’s Play With Purpose initiative that creates unique opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities to be empowered through connection to professional players and teams. CAF has a sharp focus on increasing youth sports participation and creating opportunities for every child to experience the life-changing benefits of sport.