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Reference : V-P-IL-E-02928
Date : 23/05/2016
Caption : Gaza. In cooperation with the Palestinian paralympic committee, the municipality of Gaza and the union of wheelchair basketball, the ICRC promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life in support of their universal right of integration in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the area. Players prepare during a jump ball with American coach Jess Markt, who led a basketball clinic.
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Description : Jess Markt, an American who began playing wheelchair basketball when he was 19 after suffering a spinal cord injury, oversaw the training of 115 male and female players over the course of three weeks in May 2016. Aged of 40, he visits Gaza for the second year in a row to train wheelchair basketball teams. “Playing basketball on a daily basis will make Gaza’s disabled feel better, and it will certainly improve sore and weak muscles,” Markt says. Jess has been coaching wheelchair basketball since 2009, and has trained players, coaches, and classifiers in Afghanistan, India, Palestine, and Cambodia.
"I try to ignore people's negative looks toward the disabled, but I know there’s still a long way to go before we are completely integrated in society," a woman from the Palestine Red Crescent Society team said.
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