Coast Guardsmen play basketball from new perspective

Members from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., compete against members of the Orlando Magic Wheels-Championship Team in the Gulf Coast Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in St. Petersburg, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Sector personnel strapped into sports-designed wheelchairs and raised awareness for people living with disabilities in the community. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson)

Members from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., compete against members of the Orlando Magic Wheels-Championship Team in the Gulf Coast Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in St. Petersburg, Saturday, March 21, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Members from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg participated in the Gulf Coast Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at the Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center in St Petersburg, Saturday.

Therapeutic Sports Ministry held the tournament and pared professional wheelchair basketball teams like the Orlando Magic Wheels-Championship Team against non-professional teams like Team Coast Guard.

Coast Guard members strapped into sports-designed wheelchairs and played basketball from a new perspective.

“This was a good event; it raise good awareness and it’s good for the community,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Lyon, a crewmember at the sector who played in the tournament. “I have a lot of respect for people in wheelchairs; it was hard.”

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