First ever Bowling Green Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) --- This weekend, Bowling Green is hosting its first ever wheelchair basketball tournament.

On Saturday, The Bowling Green Invitational brought athletes from Louisville, Cincinnati, and beyond to Kummer Little Center in downton Bowling Green for a competitive weekend of basketball.

"I love making friends at tournaments, I have a fun time," said Jude Byers, a basketball player for Louisville Junior Mustangs.

"I've been doing wheelchair basketball for a year and a half now," said Madison Duncan, a basketball player from Bowling Green.

Wheelchair basketball gives people with varying physical disabilities a chance to play a game they love at a higher level.

The game may seem simple because it retains most major rules and scoring of basketball, but it's a lot more difficult than you think.

Some of these athletes are seasoned players and others are just getting started.

"Today is actually the first day I have played in a real game," said Duncan.

No matter how long these players have been on the court, these athletes prove that nothing can stop them.

"I just like to be able to show people that even though I have a disability, I can still do things that I enjoy and still do sports I enjoy," Duncan said.

This is the first Bowling Green Invitational and those with the tournament are in the process of building a local team.

"We're hoping to get a team at Bowling Green and I would like to be on that team," Duncan said.

"I just like playing basketball," said Byers.

The tournament will continue Sunday at Kummer Little Center in Bowling Green with the first game tipping off at 1:00 p.m.

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