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Episode #1283
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August 26th, 2020
Wheelchair Sports
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Countless numbers of US soldiers, sailors and Marines were paralyzed on the battlefield during World War II. In an inspiring story of the world's first wheelchair athletes, David Davis reveals how they organized the first-ever wheelchair basketball teams within VA hospitals after the war, which quickly spread across the nation and changed the perception and treatment of disabled people. His book follows the lives of three of these vets, describing their time in the military, their injuries, their recovery and their role in creating wheelchair basketball. Davis’ work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian Magazine, The NY Times, The LA Times, WSJ, Deadspin and Vice. His LA Weekly story about boxer Jerry Quarry ("The Thirteenth Round") was selected for The Best American Sports Writing anthology in 1996.
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Wheels of Courage: How Paralyzed Veterans from World War II Invented Wheelchair Sports, Fought for Disability Rights, and Inspired a NationBuy
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