Kessler Foundation Support Helps Launch Wheelchair Basketball Docuseries on Amazon
â€œThrough this funding, Kessler Foundation is helping to raise awareness of the role that adaptive sports play in improving health and wellness in individuals with disabilities,â€� explained Rodger DeRose, president and CEO of Kessler Foundation.
EAST HANOVER, N.J. February 02, 2018
Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, has awarded $3,000 to Power 10 Films to help launch â€œThis is How We Rollâ€� â€“ a 10-episode documentary series following the University of Alabamaâ€™s men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams. The series, which comprises ten 30-minute episodes, is available for video streaming on Amazon in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, both as an Amazon Prime membership option and free with ads. New episodes are being released every week beginning January 13th.
â€œThrough this funding, Kessler Foundation is helping to raise awareness of the role that adaptive sports play in improving health and wellness in individuals with disabilities,â€� explained Rodger DeRose, president and CEO of Kessler Foundation. â€œHaving a range of adaptive equipment and inclusive programs, designed to accommodate various physical challenges, can open up worlds of possibility for students with disabilities. We are happy to support a group of inspirational student athletes who are removing barriers in disability sport and making the activity more accessible for all.â€�
The series follows the student athletes as they train and compete against various college and city teams around the U.S. The series depicts two aspects of the student athletesâ€™ lives, documenting both the demands of academia and the highs and lows of the collegiate wheelchair basketball season. The series culminates at the 2015 National Wheelchair Basketball Championship where the womenâ€™s wheelchair basketball team wins their 4th National Championship with a 58-52 score over the University of Illinois.
â€œHaving worked on the series for a couple years now, it is great to have Kessler Foundation step in to assist with its official release,â€� remarked Daniel Koenig, founder of Power 10 Films. â€œKessler Foundationâ€™s support has allowed us to release the series on time and for free on various international channels. We hope the series will capture what it really means to be a college wheelchair basketball player, and that athletes from all over will find the series as something they can relate to and be proud of.â€�
The University of Alabamaâ€™s men's and women's wheelchair basketball teams are sponsored by Alabama Adapted Athletics. Alabama Adapted Athletics also sponsors competitive college sports in men's and women's wheelchair tennis, adapted rowing, and wheelchair track.
Additional funding for the series was received in 2015 via Kickstarter â€“ the world's largest funding platform for creative projects.
About Kessler Foundation
Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility, and long-term outcomes–including employment–for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Learn more by visiting http://www.KesslerFoundation.org.
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