8 wheelchair basketball athletes and 4 coaches from Turkey participated in an exchange focused on inclusion and equality for persons with disabilities.
While in Washington D.C., the Turkish athletes played wheelchair basketball with American student athletes at local schools and organizations, including George Mason University and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH). The athletes traveled to the University of Illinois-Urbana for intensive wheelchair basketball clinics, and team building and conflict resolution activities. Throughout the program, they learned about disability sports culture in the United States.
This program supported the U.S. Department of State's global promotion and practices that respect diversity regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability; and recognition that persons with disabilities have the same rights as non-disabled persons and must be provided access, opportunity, inclusion, and full participation on an equal basis with others