Basketball Wheelchair

Help me to reach my full potential in wheelchair basketball with Team GB!

  • £645

    pledged of £4,000

    • 13


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Completion Date: Thu 03 Jan 2019

A short summary of my project

My name is Lanre Sowami, I'm a 20 year old student studying Accounting and Finance at The University of Brighton. I'm crowdfunding to raise £4000 to buy a basketball wheelchair. The wheelchair is the only tool that enables me to play the sport I love. I'm also privileged to be on the Great Britain under 22s team who are currently under 22 World Champions! Having this specific basketball chair will enable me to excel fully to my best potential and compete at a higher level which I have be dreaming and working towards for years.

My story 

At the age of 4 I was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma which is a form of cancer in the lymphatic system. After a few years living in the hospital for chemotherapy treatment, I recovered, but lost the use of both of my legs. Growing up, my friends were mostly playing football and basketball. Obviously, I couldn't quite get the hang of football, despite my efforts in goal, so I joined the school basketball team. It was here that I was first advised to try out for wheelchair basketball, as I kept running over the players toes with my chair. Following this, I was a part of local teams, until I was eventually invited to a training camp to play for Great Britain whilst in an under 15's team in London.

Since then, I have been lucky enough to travel around the world with my teammates who have become like a family to me, whilst doing the one thing that I truly love. Basketball has been such an integral part of my life since such a young age, and this wheelchair would allow me to reach my full potential as a player!

WHAt the money will be used for?

Frame - £2,609.10

Seat - £90.00

Side Guards - £91.00

Cushion Cover - £36.00

Backrest - £135.00

Footrest - £57.00

Strap - £13.50

Lap strap - £54.00

Total Cost of Frame - £3,085.60

Wheels - £427.50

Push Rims - £27.00

Tyres - £54.00

Axel Pin - £31.50

Total Cost of Wheels - £540.00 x2


Be involved with the project and take a look at the very tempting rewards over on the right!

Help me succeed!

Any contribution will be highly appreciated, and would mean so much! Even if you are not in the position to donate, it would be amazing if you could please share this link on your social media, or with family and friends to spread the word. 

Thank you all so much!