Young athletes from across the world are visiting the University of Alabama this weekend as part of a unique experience.

It’s where the Alabama Adapted Athletic Department is hosting their annual wheelchair basketball summer camp, where kids get to work with Alabama’s award-winning wheelchair basketball staff.

Most of the visiting athletes belong to club teams at home, but made the trip so they can learn from some of the best. The men’s team won second place in the national championship last year, and the women’s team won third.

Assistant Coach Adam Kramer said Adapted Athletics offers excellent opportunities for campers.

“Sports in general are able to provide opportunities in learning, growing, making mistakes in a safe environment,” he said. “And there’s a lot of children across the United States and probably the world that probably don’t get quite as many opportunities to do that if they have a physical disability.”

Alabama wheelchair basketball player Caitlyn McDermott said she wants to stress just one thing to the visiting athletes.

“Just have fun, communicate and be able to push yourself 110 percent,” she said.

The camp staff and its volunteers said they hope their visitors take away more than just basketball skills.

“It’s a really good opportunity for them to grow into being an adult and know what it’s like to live with a physical disability and take advantage of it,” Kramer said.

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