Wallbangers ready to rumble … with the law

It was bound to happen: another Wallbangers’ run-in with the law. Don’t expect anybody to get ‘cuffed Tuesday, though.
The wheelchair basketball team, marking its 40th anniversary this year, will take on the Grand Forks area law enforcement cadets during Grand Forks’ coming National Night Out festivities Tuesday night.
NDAD sponsors the Wallbangers and has been a regular Night Out participant.
This is the latest exhibition to take place between Grand Forks area law enforcement and the Wallbangers as part of National Night Out, a block party event created to heighten public awareness of crime prevention efforts and to encourage residents to support and, when opportunities exist, participate in police-community partnerships.
For years, the Wallbangers have held basketball exhibitions to raise awareness of the sport and athletic activities for people with disabilities. Tuesday is the latest opportunity for the team, which practices in Crookston, to put its brand of basketball on display.
Tuesday night’s exhibition begins at 6 p.m. on one of the basketball courts at the Abbott Complex, 1120 7th Ave. S. The game is near – but not at — Purpur Arena, the primary Grand Forks’ Night Out site.
The Night Out activities, with lots of informational booths, inflatable games and other events designed for family fun and education, are free and open to the public. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and includes free hamburgers for the first 1,000 Night Out attendees. For more information: http://bit.ly/OvxmiI.
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More about the Wallbangers….
The Wallbangers Wheelchair Athletic Organization was founded in 1972 by a group of individuals with disabilities at UND and surrounding areas. Its purpose is to provide recreation and competitive physical activities for people. The Wallbangers joined the National Wheelchair Basketball Association in 1979 as a member of the North Central Conference. In competitive conference play, players must be classified according to degree of disability in order to play. The team is not current in official conference play, but continues to practice regularly and perform exhibitions at schools and other area events. Anyone is encouraged to practice with the team, regardless of disability.
Contact NDAD, (701) 775-5577 or 1 (800) 532-NDAD (or 6323) for information about how to become involved.
NDAD’s website is http://www.ndad.org/.
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