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Wheelchair basketball player number used by Ray Werner of the Jersey Wheelers

Wheelchair basketball player number used by Ray Werner of the Jersey Wheelers

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Description (Brief)
Wheelchair basketball player number used by Ray Werner of the Jersey Wheelers. This number was placed on the back of Werner’s wheelchair during games. Wheelchair basketball used traditional equipment and rule play, allowing athletes to participate with little more than their wheelchairs. As more programs for people with disabilities appeared, sports using more advanced equipment emerged.
Ray 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 1960 and continued to help disabled veterans, opening a wheelchair repair shop and installing hand controls in cars for drivers with paraplegia.
Currently not on view
Object Name
player number
player number, adaptive sports, wheelchair basketball
player number, adaptive sports
Physical Description
oil cloth (overall material)
overall: 40.5 cm x 55 cm; 15 15/16 in x 21 21/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Wheelchair Basketball
Adaptive Sports
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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