Annual Wheelchair Basketball Event Set for Thursday, February 6th
The legacy of student Zech DeVits lives on, as NHTI hosts its 12th Annual Wheelchair Basketball Benefit at 4pm in the Wellness Center Gym. Once again, the Capital Wheelers (Granite State Independent Living and NHTI students) will face off against their arch-rivals the All Stars (NHTI faculty & staff). There will also be a special half-time activity conducted by the NHTI Sports Management team. The NH Spinal Cord Injury Association co-partners the event.
Admission is by donation (free for NHTI students with valid ID), and proceeds from the game and accompanying silent auction and 50/50 raffle will be matched by the NHTI Student Senate to help purchase assistive technology for students with disabilities. Last year the Wheelchair Basketball Benefit raised nearly $2,000, and provided digital recorders, and software for speech recognition, keyboarding and reading to three more NHTI students.
Zech DeVits, for whom the event is named, died at age 22 in 2005, just weeks before graduating from NHTI with an associate degree in Addiction Counseling. Born with gigantism, a rare genetic condition, and skeletal dysplasia, Zech had used a wheelchair since age six. Despite his towering 7’8” frame and large features, Zech quickly became a beloved role model on campus. The first wheelchair benefit evolved as part of an education course project in which students raised funds to help refurbish Zech’s wheelchair-accessible van. The campus continues to hold the event in his memory, raising money to help other students with disabilities purchase assistive equipment.
Dr. Beverly Boggess, Disabilities Coordinator at NHTI, says, “After Zech’s death, the Disabilities Advisory Board, NHTI organizations, and Granite State Independent Living partnered to continue the benefit annually in remembrance of Zech’s positive impact and generous nature.” All qualified NHTI students with documented disabilities are encouraged to apply for assistive technology through the Zech DeVits Memorial Equipment Fund.
Dr. Charles Lloyd, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, knew Zech as one of his Alternative Spring Break Club volunteers. “Zech touched so many lives in a positive way, and it is for this reason that he has left such a lasting legacy at NHTI.”
For more information contact Mindy Carlisle at 271-6484 x4132.
Who Cares About Kelsey?
NHTI Screens Nationally Acclaimed Documentary
Monday Feb 3, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Kelsey Carroll has one goal – to graduate from high school – and plenty of reasons why she shouldn't. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, sexual abuse, and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn't earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspended for dealing drugs.
On Monday February 3, the Center for Educational Excellence at NHTI will host a free screening of Dan Habib's film Who Cares About Kelsey?, the story of Kelsey's transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and self-confident young woman. Along the way, critical figures in her personal and educational life shape her coming of age and play important roles in an education revolution that's about empowering – not overpowering – youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
The film will be shown in Sweeney Auditorium at 5:30 pm, followed by a panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors include Riverbend Community Mental Health, The National Alliance on Mental Illness NH, The Parent Information Center, The NH Association of Special Education Administrators, and the NHTI Education Club. Learn more about the film at www.whocaresaboutkelsey.com.
For more information about this event please contact Prof. Heather Wood at 271-6484 x4358.
Jan 31, 2014
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