The wheelchair basketball team that is the subject of this film, the Junior Wheel Blazers, is comprised of youth between ages 8 and 18. While some of the disabilities among the team members were obtained at birth, others were caused by tragic incidents and accidents. Despite the severity of their disability and school workload, athletes commit to hours of practice, fundraising and traveling to play tournaments. The team practices every Saturday and competes in local, regional and national level competitions if the team qualifies.
As a young team with only three seasons under their belt, the Junior Wheel Blazers have struggled in their past two seasons to win games. Despite the efforts and encouragement from their volunteer coach Laura Ridler, the team lost nearly all of its games last season. This season has been different. With a few new athletes joining the team, the Junior Wheel Blazers have won most of their games and, for the first time, have qualified to play in the Nationals this April in Louisville, Kentucky.
Josh Brewer and Yuna Qurrata are two of the new athletes that joined ODS this season. Brewer, who previously played for Spokane, is a triple amputee point guard. As a high scorer, his participation has increased the team’s potential to play on a more competitive level than in their previous years. Qurrata, on the other hand, is new to basketball and new to the United States. She is an exchange student from Indonesia who lost both of her legs during an earthquake in 2009. This season is her first and sadly last opportunity to play for ODS. But being a short timer has not affected her dedication to the team. She continues to excel and surprise her coach and teammates with her ability to play and score.