Repaired wheelchairs bringing new issue to light for disabled community

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, Aug. 9, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's a different view, a different way of getting around for Darren Jackson.

"A jump shot is a jump shot, but it's a little different," he said.

He was born with myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifita.

"You don't have the leg skills or you can't move because you don't have the muscles or the tissue that normal people would have," Jackson said.

He'd like to consider himself normal, even though his whole life he was treated otherwise. Until he joined the Augusta Bulldogs.

"They really didn't treat me as a person with a disability, they treated me as who I am, Darren," he said.

He's playing a sport most people don't realize can even be played in a wheelchair.

"Oh man they're in a wheelchair, they can't do much, but little do they know we're banging down and we're playing real ball," Jackson explained.

When his team's wheelchairs were stolen, something he's done for so long suddenly became out of reach.

"They were getting ready to stop something that we enjoy doing as a disabled community," he said.

And it could have ruined their season before it even began. Now, there's a new fire for the game they love.

"We can use this as fuel for the season because someone did try to stop us from playing," he explained.

Whoever that might have been, Jackson really doesn't care.

"I'm not pointing any fingers, I'm just glad the wheelchairs are back," Jackson said.


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