Photograph of wheelchair basketball team, the Jersey Wheelers

Photograph of wheelchair basketball team, the Jersey Wheelers

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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.
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overall: 8 in x 10 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm
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Adaptive Sports
Wheelchair Basketball
World War II
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Sports & Leisure
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National Museum of American History
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