The North Suburban YMCA will host its eighth annual “Wheels vs. Wheels” wheelchair football event July 25 in Northbrook.

The event will bring together members of the Northwestern football team, wheelchair athletes from the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA), the Journey of Hope cross-country bike team and players from the North Shore Youth Football organization to encourage “children and adults to participate in ‘play’ and athletics regardless of a disability or special needs,” according to a press release.

The event, which is open to the public, will include a meet-and-greet with Northwestern football players followed by a wheelchair football game between GLASA members and the Journey of Hope cyclists.

The event is partially supported by Pat and Stacy Fitzgerald, the head coach of the Northwestern football team and the president of North Shore Youth Football, respectively.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these outstanding organizations back to the Y for our second Wheels vs. Wheels event,” Kim Nyren, NSYMCA Director of Community Investment, said in a press release. “The Journey of Hope team’s visit has become a cherished Y tradition, and our partnerships with GLASA, Northwestern Football, and North Shore Youth Football have expanded the event to bring a wider spectrum …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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