Two basketball teams raced around the court — on wheels — at the Flintridge Prep gym Saturday, as the Rebels hosted the wheelchair basketball team from the Rancho Los Amigos rehabilitation center in Downey.
Six athletes from Rancho Los Amigos were cheered on by a crowd of about 50, made up of parents as well as Flintridge athletes and teachers who took turns getting into wheelchairs and joining the game.
For Mandy Artukovich Viole, who grew up in La Cañada and now lives in Glendale, it was a special chance to have her son Matthew, 14, compete within the community.
“This [demonstration] was the first one locally, and it was great to have the community back it so much and support it,” she said.
Eighth-grader P.J. Fellows wanted to set up the game as part of her Community Impact Service Project for Flintridge Prep, said Michelle Fellows, P.J.’s mother. She said her daughter decided to host the wheelchair basketball team after volunteering at Rancho Los Amigos’ Pediatric Carnival with her Girl Scout troop. Alex Rivera, the school’s athletic director and president of the Athletic Council on Leadership volunteered his clubs’ help, making the event a reality.