The YMCA of the Golden Crescent has partnered with the Challenge Athletes Dream Complex to develop adaptive sports in Southeast Texas. The Y has been in talks with the Victoria Independent School District on ways to introduce adaptive sports to their students. In the process of scheduling an adaptive sports clinic featuring wheelchair basketball, wheelchair softball and sitting volleyball, Chris Seilkop, YMCA of the Golden Crescent CEO was introduced to Danny Camacho.
Camacho organized the Bad News Chairs wheelchair softball team, and after getting the support of Seilkop and the YMCA, the team has been practicing weekly at the Challenged Athletes Dream Complex in Victoria.
The joy and enthusiasm the team members have expressed to Camacho has been unmistakable. Getting the opportunity to be active and part of a team has been an extremely positive experience for those involved.
“We are very fortunate,” Camacho said. “We are getting so enthused about making this a permanent thing in Victoria.”
What’s next for the Bad News Chairs? Just a few months after Camacho put his dream in motion, the Bad News Chairs will host their own wheelchair softball tournament on July 18 at Victoria’s Challenged Athletes Dream Complex, with teams from Houston scheduled to attend.