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Photograph of wheelchair basketball player Ray Werner of the Jersey Wheelers

Photograph of wheelchair basketball player Ray Werner of the Jersey Wheelers

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Black and white photograph of wheelchair basketball player Ray Werner of the Jersey Wheelers. 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 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
Object Name
photograph
photograph, adaptive sports
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 6 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 15.875 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
2016.3137.01
nonaccession number
2016.3137
catalog number
2016.3137.01
subject
Adaptive Sports
Wheelchair Basketball
Amateur
World War II
Disabilities
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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