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Young athletes with physical disabilities meet Paralympians in Twin Cities Saturday, December 19

MINNEAPOLIS 12/14/2015

2012 London Paralympians and elite wheelchair athletes Chuck Aoki, Sarah Binsfeld, Ian Lynch and Rose Hollermann are coming to town for the second annual Jr. Rolling Timberwolves alumni game on Dec. 19, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Carl Sandburg Middle School, 2400 Sandburg Lane, Golden Valley, MN 55427.

Before the game, the four Paralympians will sign autographs and take photos with the Courage Kenny Rolling Rowdies 101 prep team at their practice from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Golden Valley, 3915 Golden Valley Rd., Golden Valley, MN 55422.

“Getting these four together is a rare event and a special opportunity for our future Paralympians,” says Cara Gulbronson, Wheelchair Sports Program coordinator for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health

Aoki, Binsfeld, Lynch and Hollermann have used wheelchairs most of their lives because of a variety of disabilities. All were introduced to wheelchair sports at Courage Kenny as children and became international champions. Aoki, Lynch, and Hollermann are training for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

“I can hardly contain my excitement for what the future will bring!” says Lynch. “Competing in wheelchair basketball has yielded confidence, fitness, enjoyment and inspiration and will continue to as long as I keep strapping up!”

Click here for more information on the Paralympians.

About Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute 

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, was created in 2013 by the merger of Courage Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The Institute provides a continuum of rehabilitation services for people with short- and long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities in communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has multiple locations, and numerous programs and services. For more information visit allinahealth.org/couragekenny

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, home oxygen and medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services

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