Tuesday , May 28 2024

Teen Gets Wheelchair Donation

A student got the surprise of a lifetime at school today, he was presented with a special wheelchair that will allow him to join a national basketball team made up of other wheelchair athletes, giving him the chance to compete in a tournament in Chicago.

Fourteen year old Axel Morales was born without his two legs, always shy and never liking the spotlight but today the Madera South High School student shared that with every basket he makes, he feels anything is possible.  

"It helps me feel better because when I’m feeling down I go play outside and it makes me happy when I make them," Axel said.

With a custom made wheelchair from the Madera 2030 Club, Axel will be joining a team of wheelchair athletes for a tournament in Chicago

Ryan Lopez said "We’re just proud and humble to be a part of this and be able to show that with hard work and dedication and a positive attitude you can succeed."

Dedication his family says he’s always had. "He never gave up, since he was a little kid always on his own independent, he always wanted to take charge," Lucero Morales said.

Axel saw a replica of the $ 4500 wheelchair he’ll be receiving. It’s one used only by elite athletes and will last him up to 15 years.

"This chair is angled a little differently, he can spin faster and it’s got more protection, he can be more physical without hurting each other," P.E Specialist Rick Martinez said.

Playing basketball has given Axel so much more. He joined the sport in February and has already become more outgoing and confident. The 2030 Club fundraised money and asked for donations to purchase the wheelchair and a letterman jacket. Axel is also doing really well academically with almost a 4.0 GPA.

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