Photograph of wheelchair basketball team, the Jersey Wheelers

Description (Brief):

Black and white photograph of wheelchair basketball team, the Jersey Wheelers. Ray Werner is pictured second from the right. Werner was paralyzed below the waist during his World War II service on Guadalcanal in July of 1942. He was sent to a rehabilitation hospital, where sports were used in his treatment. Werner, a gifted athlete in high school, was a perfect candidate for a new series of rehabilitation programs initiated by the federal government. Wheelchair basketball was the first sport included in these programs, and Werner excelled becoming a pioneer of the sport. He competed in the first Paralympic Games in Rome in 1968 and continued to help disabled veterans, opening a wheelchair repair shop and installing hand controls in cars for drivers with paraplegia.

Location: Currently not on view

Web Subject: Adaptive SportsName Of Sport: Wheelchair BasketballLevel Of Sport: AmateurWeb Subject: World War IIDisabilities


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2016.3137.03Nonaccession Number: 2016.3137Catalog Number: 2016.3137.03

Object Name: photograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 in x 10 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm


Record Id: nmah_1832690

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