Only on 12: Repairs begin on basketball wheelchair that were stolen

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Augusta, Ga (WRDW) - It's another day on the court. Another practice Ralph Butler never thought he'd get a chance to see.

"We thought our season would be gone, because we didn't have any chairs," he said.

His teams 12 basketball wheelchairs were stolen Saturday morning, recovered Sunday night, and today, they're in dozens of pieces.

"They really messed yours up a little bit didn't they," said Butler.

Wheels taken from their chairs and axle's that have disappeared. Ralph and his teammates still don't know why.

"Have a little compassion and let the handicapped be handicapped, because we'll show you what handicapped can be," he told News 12's Patrick Price.

A day for playing a game of pick up, turned into a day of picking up the pieces and putting them back together.

"All I can think of then, OK, we're going to have to put together parts, find somebody that are going to let us have parts to put chairs back together," Butler said.

A few of those somebody's saw the story and showed up to lend a helping hand, to a team that's rebounding from a major setback.

"From what happened to us, it only made us madder, to do better this season," he said.

That is music to Ralph's ears to know he'll have another chance to play with his team once again.

"The group that I have behind me, they're not going to let anything stop them, I can tell you that," Butler told News 12.