16-year-old basketball player raising funds for MD research

Posted: May 28, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

There was a great story in the Flint Journal on Friday about Justin Coburn, a 16-year-old Swartz Creek High School student who is helping to raise money for the Michigan Thunderbirds, a Paralympics wheelchair basketball team, and Muscular Dystrophy research.

From the Journal:

Justin, whose legs were paralyzed five years ago, will have a chance to showcase his athleticism before a high school and public crowd at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when he performs in an exhibition benefit game at the school. There is a twist: His able-bodied classmates, none of whom have played wheelchair basketball, will also play in chairs brought in for the occasion.

The cost for the event is $4 for a great event and a great cause. Basketball lovers across Mid-Michigan should get out and support this young man.

  1. The headline is terribly misleading. Anyone who came to the game contributed to not only Muscular Dystrophy research, but to the Thunderbird Wheelchair Basketball team for which Justin plays. It was a benefit for two charities and many people need to be thanked and praised for the terrific turnout we enjoyed.

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