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Wheelchair Basketball Game Held at Doddridge County Elementary School to Support Student

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David McCormick is a fourth grade student at Doddridge County Elementary School and has been in a wheelchair since he was five years old. A special basketball game was put together so his classmates could see what's it's like to be in a wheelchair and support him.

"The reason I wanted to do this was to give awareness to the rest of the students on the struggles that he has to face each day and what people who have a handicap have to face each day," said Devin Wells, a gym teacher and the organizer of the game.

Wells put the game together for McCormick and his classmates.

Each fourth grade class got to play one game, with the winner playing the faculty in the final game.

Wells said the students were looking forward to it since he told them it was planned.

"They've been talking about it for weeks. We had community members donate wheelchairs. During class this week we worked on it and the other students seem to really enjoy it," said Wells.

Wells said McCormick loves sports, and always tries his hardest in gym class.

McCormick said he's happy the other students were going to play in wheelchairs, but he thought they would have a hard time.

"I think it's going to be pretty hard for them because the arm rests are really high and it hurts their arms," McCormick said.

McCormick's parents were at the game cheering him on, and his mother Sheena McCormick said it meant a lot to her that the school planned it.

"I think it's amazing that they went all out for David who's in a wheelchair. It's heartbreaking but it's amazing. He's looked forward to this for quite some time and it has to make him feel incredible because it does for me as a parent," said Sheena McCormick.

On April 18, McCormick and his friends will have another wheelchair basketball game as part of a fundraiser for a teacher with cancer.

There will be a regular basketball fundraiser with the wheelchair game in between.

It will start at 6 p.m. at Doddridge County High School.