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It was a "Clash At The Columbia" Saturday as a wheelchair basketball tournament took over the Richland High School gymnasium. It was a "Clash At The Columbia" Saturday as a wheelchair basketball tournament took over the Richland High School gymnasium.
RICHLAND, WA - It was a "Clash At The Columbia Saturday as a wheelchair basketball tournament took over the Richland High School gymnasium.

Teams from Spokane, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle all competed in some friendly games. A new program is growing in the Tri-Cities to get more people in wheelchairs active on a team.

Players we met with say they're thrilled to be on a team explaining that getting a chance to be active and participate gives them confidence and self motivation.

"It makes me feel like I can do anything that I can if I put my mind to it and that I'm more than just a girl in a wheelchair. It's an amazing feeling to be able to play sports and be part of this and getting to know other people like you," said Xiangquin Nagre-Christensen who has played for the Seattle Sonics for three years. 

Kids with spinal cord injuries, amputees, people with Spina Bifida, cerebral palsy and other disabilities were represented. There were different age groups so everyone felt included and competitive with people their own age.

For info on signing up for a local team you can head to ParaSportSpokane.com 
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