Harlandale ISD and Believe It Foundation announce new inclusive Bankshot Basketball court

Harlandale ISD and Believe It Foundation announce new inclusive Bankshot Basketball court
Posted on 05/15/2019
Harlandale ISD and Believe It Foundation announce new inclusive Bankshot Basketball court

SAN ANTONIO – May 14, 2019 – The Believe It Foundation announced plans to build a new 21-basket Bankshot Basketball court at the Jewel Wietzel Center this fall to further promote inclusion in the Harlandale community.

The announcement was made during an awards sports banquet in honor of 280 Harlandale ISD athletes with differing disabilities and their Partners in PE buddies held at the Scheh Center on May 10.

Harlandale ISD Adaptive PE and Special Olympic Coordinator William McGinnis is thrilled with the announcement and is excited to see the students play together.

“This will be one of the first Bankshot courts in the state of Texas, and we are looking forward to being a leader in inclusion in this great state,” he said. “We encourage families with and without disabilities to come down and experience inclusive play at its finest. Inclusion is the bridge to a better future where everyone can play.”

The Bankshot system will be used during the school day by three schools in the Harlandale district and will be available to the community after school and on weekends. 

Bankshot allows players of all ages and abilities to proceed through a course of angled, curved and non-conventionally configured brightly colored backboards, banking shots off the blackboards and through the rims. Participants will play alongside, not against, each other.

“It’s a great inclusion opportunity for these kids,” Believe It Foundation Founder Andrew McAllister said. “It will allow kids a chance to go and play, and be with their families or peers, and just have fun. We hope it really is something that the community embraces and enjoys.”

As part of its part of its partnership with Believe It Foundation, Harlandale ISD has already placed 17 adaptive bikes in the district, which are used to promote inclusion during PE and recess. A lending program is also available for the bikes to be used on the weekends.

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