First ever sporting event for disabled and able-bodied children in Pampa

First ever sporting event for disabled and able-bodied children in Pampa

Pampa, TX - In a first of it's kind event in the Panhandle, designed to bring kids together and give some a chance they may never have otherwise had.

Nearly two dozen children came out Sunday, half getting the chance to be a part of a team, the other learning to appreciate their abilities.

It was all made possible by anorganization called Wheel Times Inc.

Planning for the event began a few months ago when Brad Pingel, the creator of Wheels Time Inc., decided both of his children should have the same opportunities.

"It's very important to me because I do have an able bodied child and a disabled bodied child so I see the heartaches of not getting to go to softball practice and basketball practice and it's tough to say i'm sorry you cant play, so todays her day that gets to shine and be a part of something," says Pingel.

He says he wants children with disabilities to have the chance to play sports and also for able body children to see what it is like to be in a wheelchair.

As Gabriel Magee tells us, he had a ball.

"Yea it was fun, it was a fun day today, you get to like kick the ball and you get to like make a goal, that's the funnest part," says Magee.

His mom, Bobby Jo says she is excited he now has this opportunity.

"He's always wanted to play sports but they've never had anything with kids with disabilities, so now he'll be able to be involved with something sport wise," adds Magee.

Volunteers of all ages were out cheering the teams on and helping in anyway possible, Reid Miller says seeing the smiles on the children's faces means everything.

"It's the best feelings in the world, I know what it feels like because I play sports and they don't know how, and now to see that they are being able to experience it and it's just a great feeling," adds Reid.

Pingel says he plans on holding more events like this in the future.

If you are interested in donating to Wheel Times Inc call 440-18-63.