Con­grat­u­la­tions to John McSween of the Michi­gan Rolling Pis­tons, John just signed his let­ter of intent to attend the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois and con­tin­ue his edu­ca­tion and fur­ther his wheel­chair bas­ket­ball career. John has been part of The Michi­gan Rolling Pis­tons wheel­chair bas­ket­ball team for many years, Michi­gan Rolling Pis­tons is a co-ed, youth wheel­chair bas­ket­ball team pro­vid­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for ath­letes ages 6 – 18 with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate com­pet­i­tive­ly in bas­ket­ball. The ath­letes on this team are unable to par­tic­i­pate in most local pro­grams or school teams. Adap­tive sports pro­grams allow these ath­letes to expe­ri­ence the same ben­e­fits as their able-bod­ied peers. Our pri­ma­ry pur­pose is to pro­vide more oppor­tu­ni­ty for boys and girls with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate com­pet­i­tive­ly in a sport. Our team mot­to is No Lim­its.” The ben­e­fits of youth sports are well known. Through ath­let­ics, chil­dren gain increased self-con­fi­dence and self-esteem, increased phys­i­cal fit­ness and over­all well­ness. They also learn respon­si­bil­i­ty, and devel­op bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion and inter­per­son­al rela­tion­ships. Our ath­letes are unable to par­tic­i­pate in most local pro­grams or any of their school sports teams. Adap­tive sports pro­grams allow for these ath­letes to expe­ri­ence the same ben­e­fits as their able-bod­ied peers while also get­ting to meet and learn from oth­ers with the same abil­i­ties. It can be a dif­fi­cult road keep­ing the teams up and run­ning. With gen­er­al over­all health care costs, the addi­tion­al costs of team sports and spe­cial equip­ment required to play can at times be a finan­cial bur­den on fam­i­lies. That’s where Ath­letes Unlim­it­ed comes in to help sup­port these teams and keep the pro­grams run­ning and grow­ing through­out South­east Michi­gan. Ath­letes Unlim­it­ed is a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion found­ed in 1996 by Jeff S. Pierce, DO, ded­i­cat­ed to pro­vid­ing social, recre­ation­al and ath­let­ic out­lets to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. Their guid­ing phi­los­o­phy that life is not intend­ed to be a spec­ta­tor sport. Every­one, regard­less of abil­i­ty, can ben­e­fit from par­tic­i­pat­ing in sports. It con­tin­ues to be Ath­letes Unlim­it­ed pri­ma­ry goal to pro­vide these oppor­tu­ni­ties to as many phys­i­cal­ly chal­lenged indi­vid­u­als as pos­si­ble. We firm­ly believe that every­one should know that indi­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties, regard­less of their phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions, pos­sess the same basic needs and desires as those with­out dis­abil­i­ties. Togeth­er we can strive to elim­i­nate soci­etal bar­ri­ers that lim­it an individual’s poten­tial to achieve. Join us in spread­ing the mis­sion of help­ing dis­abled ath­letes, because life is not meant to be a spec­ta­tor sport!