NDAD donates sports wheelchairs to Mandan adaptive sports group

Posted: Jun 24 2020
NDAD donates sports wheelchairs to Mandan adaptive sports group

NDAD donated 10 used sports wheelchairs to Mandan-based nonprofit Dreams in Motion Inc. on June 20. Dreams in Motion provides competitive and recreational adaptive sports programs. 

The chairs will be used primarily for wheelchair basketball, including Dreams’ annual March Mobility Madness tournament, which this year was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Michael Kaip, DiM's president. Dreams also has used sports chairs for a wheelchair soccer-style game using giant beach balls, and for adaptive tennis and adaptive dance, Kaip said.
 

CaptionMichael Kaip of Dreams in Motion Inc. carries several sports wheelchair parts from NDAD's Grand Forks office garage to load into a trailer for transport to Mandan on June 20.

The donated wheelchairs had been used by NDAD’s former Wallbangers basketball team, for weekend recreational open-gym gatherings, and for in-school and other community adaptive sports demonstrations and exhibitions. NDAD has loaned DiM sports multiple wheelchairs before.

“We’re very excited to get them donated,” Michael said. “The cost of adaptive equipment is rather high.” He said having the additional chairs should help strengthen Dreams in Motion fundraising events, provide more athletes with chairs better suited for their needs, and give friends and family members more opportunities to participate together with athletes at events. “We like to give parents and kids a chance to play basketball together,” said Kaip, himself a longtime adaptive sports athlete.

Michael and his mom, Annette Kaip, the nonprofit's original president and like her son one of DiM's co-founders, came to Grand Forks’ NDAD office to acquire the chairs.

“We’re very excited to get them donated,” Michael said. “The cost of adaptive equipment is rather high.” He said having the additional chairs should help strengthen Dreams in Motion fundraising events, provide more athletes with chairs better suited for their needs, and give friends and family members more opportunities to participate together with athletes at events. “We like to give parents and kids a chance to play basketball together,” said Kaip, himself a longtime adaptive sports athlete.

NDAD Chief Program Officer Leslie Stastny and Dreams in Motion President Michael Kaip stand near a trailer used to carry donated sports wheelchairs from NDAD to Mandan, where DiM is based.

For more information about Dreams in Motion: dreamsinmotioninc@yahoo.com; (701) 425-2083; or the website dreamsinmotioninc.com.
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PHOTOS: Dreams in Motion's Michael Kaip with (left of the trailer) Leslie Stastny, NDAD's chief program officer; Kaip with two sports wheelchair wheels; Kaip hands a wheel to Bryan Stastny, Leslie's husband, who helped load the wheelchairs; DiM's Annette Kaip and her son.
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