Local officials aim to get children with disabilities more involved in sports


The City of Rockville is helping children with disabilities get involved in sports with a unique activity called Bankshot.

The National Association for Recreational Equality hosted a non-competitive Bankshot shoot-around for those with disabilities.

The Bankshot court at the Mattie Stepanek Park is for those with autism, ADHD and other challenges. Organizers say it’s a game that everyone can play.

“This is a kind of activity that is inclusive. And those with disabilities can perform and they can play right alongside their siblings” said Maynard Moore, who works with people facing cognitive disabilities.

Organizers say it all about diversity – and it gives those a chance to play alongside each other not against each other.

The court is designed to have players shoot at an angle. It also has a series of uniquely shaped backboards and hoops placed at 8 feet. The Bankshot court helps those who are playing with confidence, self-competitiveness, and integration.

“A game like this requires them to think and to perform physically” said Moore.

The goal is to fulfill the recreational needs of those who are physically and cognitively challenged.

“It’s available to anybody to drop in and were really trying to promote greater use of it by everybody” said City of Rockville manager Rob DiSpirito.

The game of Bankshot has been around for over 30 years.

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