Wheelchair basketball at the Civic Center

By Beau Ebenezer

March 8, 2013 Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 10:52 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- Seven teams from across the state are competing to win the IHSA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.

Tournament officials say it's a way for those with disabilities or impairment in their lower body to compete on the basketball court.

The Wildcats out of Peoria are among the teams vying for the top spot.

"We have a lot of different kids with various types of disabilities," said Wildcats Head Coach, Mike Van Cleve. "It's something that keeps them from participating in other sports like stand-up basketball."

"I do find more acceptance because there is a lot more people around you that have the same disability, so you kind of fit in," said Wildcats player, Jonathan McNamara.

The tournament is set up as a round robin, and will wrap up Saturday, with the last game at 4 p.m.

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