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TiLite Gives Para-Athletes Tour of Wheelchair Making

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The athletes saw a first-hand look at how their wheelchairs are put together. The athletes saw a first-hand look at how their wheelchairs are put together.
PASCO, WA- Nine athletes met the people who make their wheelchairs and learned just how specially made each of their chairs are.

Not only that, TiLite, the facility making those wheelchairs, continues to expand and spread awareness about parasports.

"I thought it was pretty cool.  i didn't know they went through all of this stuff just to make a wheelchair," said Spencer Kimbro, Parasport Athlete.

That was Kimbro and some of the other teens' reactions to how the wheels are put in place, how someone who cannot walk, can move around just as good as someone who can.  TiLite is the place where these nine kids from Parasport Spokane have their wheelchairs made and a reason why they can play Parasports.

"It's not very often an athlete gets to see how their chair is made and what they use on a daily basis," said Teresa Skinner, Executive Director of Parasports Spokane.

In the past nine months, TiLite has added more than 60 new workers and they continue to grow. 

"It's a somewhat unique American manufacturing success story in and of itself with what we do with our custom tailored wheelchairs," said John Roach, TiLite's Chief Information Officer.

These are no ordinary wheelchairs each one is tailor made to fit the user.  It fits the person just like prosthetics.  TiLite hopes this attention will strike an interest in a league here

"There's tons of eligible youth in the schools, but it just hasn't taken off in the way that we think it could.," said Roach.

"We're not just people in wheelchairs.  We're actually elite athletes that play different sports...basketball and track," said Kimbro.

For the upcoming tournament, TiLite hopes to roll in more fans to support the sport.

The wheelchair basketball tournament, Clash at the Columbia, will kick off Saturday at 9 a.m. at Richland high School.  The participating teams are ParaSport Spokane, Portland Wheel Blazers, Salt Lake City, and Seattle.