National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Wheelchair Basketball Tournament featuring the Memphis Rollin' Grizzlies

March was national Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and to celebrate The Arc Mid-South hosted a Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on March 29 featuring the Memphis Rollin' Grizzlies, members of the National Wheelchair Basketball League.  The event was held at the Raymond Skinner Center, a City of Memphis community center for individuals with disabilities at 712 Tanglewood and was sponsored by Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems.
Teams from Sam's Club, Hershey's, ILS, Johnson and Johnson Health Care Systems, and Lucite competed against one another in a day-long tournament of fast and furious games of wheelchair basketball.  The winners of the first round games had the opportunity to play with the Memphis Rollin' Grizzlies.  The two highest scoring teams against them, Hershey's and Sam's Club/Bartlett, played in the championship game.

This year's champions were the Bartlett Bombers of Sam's Club, but the real winners were the clients of The Arc Mid-South who will benefit from the programs and services supported by the proceeds from the tournament.       

Year round, The Arc works to promote and protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, learn, work and play as valued and contributing members of their communities. Sometimes there are barriers which have nothing to do with the width of a doorway or an employer’s hiring practices.  Sometimes the barrier is as subtle as a nervous glance from an uninformed person in line with you at the market.  The goal of this Wheelchair Basketball Tournament was to engage the public and spark conversations while raising public awareness about the issues facing individuals with disabilities and to break down social barriers.   

If you'd like to learn more about the programs and services offered by The Arc Mid-South or about how you can help visit our website at

Highlights from National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2013

Highlights from National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2012



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