I’m currently in Lusaka, Zambia, for the final leg of my fellowship. I’m working with Disacare, a Zambian NGO that builds wheel chairs, bicycle ambulances, and other mobility aids. It’s run entirely by physically disabled Zambians.

There’s a basketball court in front of our office/workshop where students come to play. The staff also play often, but in wheel chairs. Yesterday, they taught me how.

Wheel chair basketball is a whole other ball game. Not only are there slightly different rules, but the muscles required are completely different. As are the calluses required.

According to my new team mates, my skills aren’t terrible and will inevitably improve over the next month of playing. My calluses, on the other hand, could use a bit of work (highlighted below).

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