1. Madonna is a proud sponsor of the University of Nebraska-Omaha's inaugural wheelchair basketball team. This fall seven players are suiting up as part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Two of those players developed a budding interest in the sport during their recovery at Madonna in Lincoln, Nebraska. Therapy staff introduced them to the adaptive sports and recreational program. Both say thanks to the program and encouragement from staff, they realized the true possibilities of Now You Can.

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    Jeromie Meyer doesn’t mind getting a little physical out on the court. "It’s pretty rugged. It gets pretty physical out there. But your chair’s are going to hit each other. You may fall over,” said Jeromie.

    Teammate Mackenzie Voecks shares Jeromie’s passion for the game. Adding wheelchair basketball has changed her life. “I was really scared, I didn’t know what I could do and then I started playing and it opened up a whole new world for me,” said Mackenzie.

    Both 19, they’re part of UNO’s inaugural wheelchair basketball team led by coach Mike Kult. “We’re the first ones to go on a leap of faith with our coach who came up to us one day and said, ‘Hey. How would you guys feel about starting a team here?’ And so, we all decided like most of us players decided to stay back and help him, you know, trying to make something great here. build it up from the ground,” said Jeromie.

    Jeromie was first introduced to the sport eight years earlier while rebounding from a spinal cord injury at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals in Lincoln, Nebraska. He says while there, staff encouraged him to keep reaching for his dreams and to never give up. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be as independent as I am today. All of my core strength and everything I can do today physically is because of what Madonna had me do and the training they had set up there,” said Jeromie.

    Mackenzie too spent time recovering from a rare disease that caused her immune system to attack her spinal cord, resulting in permanent nerve damage. She was 11. “My physical therapist Kristy and my occupational therapist Colleen they pushed me to do my best at everything,” said Mackenzie.

    Both are optimistic about the season and their futures, saying having a disability doesn’t define them. Rather it’s opened them up to new possibilities and careers. “Playing sports really helped me. So you just gotta really find that thing to show you that,” said Mackenzie.

    "I hope our team starts out on a good first game and come out with a W,” said Jeromie.

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  2. Madonna Adaptive Sports & Rec has teamed up with Nebraska Game & Parks to create a marksmanship and archery program that is fun for kids and adults alike.

    All participants must meet eligibility criteria in order to participate in the program. Please contact Adaptive Sports Coordinator & Recreation Therapist Rick Haith at 402.413.3722.

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