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Corpus Christi Rimz wheelchair basketball team overlooks disability

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Richard Ledesma has been playing for about 3 years and says the game has changed his life, "I lost my leg due to vascular disease and i became an amputee about 8 years ago and i found this team about 3 years ago and i thought life was over and i finally realized it was just beginning."

It is just the beginning for Ledesma and many others. Playing wheel chair basketball gives the guys a sense of completeness and accomplishment.

"I don't consider myself to be handicap. I consider myself to be handicapable so, yes, in the real world people like myself are handicapped but in reality your are capable of doing it your going to do it if you put your heart to it," said Ledesma.

The team practices two days a week and plays in about 7 tournaments a year.

Eric Shandy can walk but cannot run. He enjoys going to tournaments and is amazed at how good some of these players are.

"Being in tournaments, seeing all different people with different disabilities, seeing guys with no legs, one leg, no arms and still being able to play sports is amazing,"said Shandy.

And how competitive are these tournaments?

"They are beyond competitive everyone plays with heart," said Ledesma.

Heart and a new hope and outlook on life.

"All these guys, none of them have given up you have a lot of people who have given up once they become disabled these guys have not given up," said Ledesma.

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