Mad-City Badgers to host open house

Mad-City Badgers to host open house

The Mad-City Badgers are hosting an open house scrimmage Saturday, Feb. 28 at Madison West High School from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

The Badgers are a co-ed wheelchair basketball team, with ages ranging from eight to 18. They practice twice a week at Black Hawk church and travel around the midwest, playing games about once a month. 

The team consists of kids born with disabilities like spina bifida, as well as people that ended up with paralysis later in life. 

Benny Guerin was born with spina bifida and has spent his whole life in a wheelchair. Benny has played wheelchair basketball since he was six. He got involved with the Badgers to scratch his competitive itch,

“I’m a very competitive person and I love basketball, so this was a good fit for me.”

Talen Jourdan is a 15-year-old from Deerfield.

Jourdan fell from his tree stand while hunting when he was 13. He suffers from paralysis from the chest down. Once a standout basketball player, Jourdan picked up wheelchair basketball to reclaim the sport he once loved.

“I missed the game. It’s been fun. I like this sport.”

For more information on the Mad-City Badgers, visit their website