Rockford Junior Chariots compete in holiday tournament - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockford Junior Chariots compete in holiday tournament

ROCKFORD (WREX) - The Rockford Junior Chariots wheelchair basketball team won the national title last year, and continue their title defense at this weekend's holiday tournament.

The Rockford Park District is hosting 19 teams Saturday and Sunday. Events like these give those affected by cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other disabilities the chance to develop on and off the court.

"It's just a great experience to hang out with family and friends and have our holiday tournament here," says Dakota High School senior Joe Boomer.

"People judge you saying you can't do stuff in life, then you come out here and show them, and say we're not going to listen to you," says Harlem High School senior Jake Gregor. "Just because you judge us, we're still going to be us and do what we do best."

"You can't hold your son's hand, he's 15 years old going into a gym, you can't do stuff for him, put his shoes and socks on things like that," says Junior Chariots head coach Justin South. "Now the kids are getting in and out of cars themselves, putting shoes and socks on by themselves, they're growing up. There's more to life than basketball, there's more to life than sports. These kids aren't going to have basketball their whole life, so they need to learn to do things on their own."

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