While this year has not gone as planned for any of us, there are some silver linings – like rediscovering what is most important. Connection. Hope. Perseverance. When given opportunities to thrive, these are also qualities that have always been present in our Sportable athletes. We could all learn something from them.
As we approach the end of this tumultuous year, we invite you to discover hope and courage in their stories.
“You are a Warhawk!” read the letter of acceptance. The words that Hannah had been waiting for since she submitted her application to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the spring. Five years ago, Hannah would not have imagined going to Wisconsin for school, let alone playing wheelchair basketball. On Sunday, November 29, she made it official by signing her letter of intent in a ceremony for friends and family and streamed live on Facebook.
“Let’s just jump right in to the crux of this story,” is the opening line from Danica King’s memoir Figure it Out: Snapshots of My Journey with Multiple Sclerosis, but it also describes her involvement with Sportable. Just ask her to name the programs she’s in which she’s participated.
She’s a colorful sprite, pink cleats, orange socks, her hair a flash of auburn as she waterbugs through a scrum of defenders, deftly keeping possession of the soccer ball until she emerges unscathed from the pack.
Keep up with Mandy Marchiano if you can. “I’m a zero,” she begins, then clarifies. “I mean, technically I’m a .5, but female players subtract half a point. As a low-pointer, I can still hit, but mostly I hook, and I block, and when my positioning is good I give my high-pointers a better route to the goal.”