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About the teams:

In 1975, under the direction of Jim Hayes, The University of Texas at Arlington received a $33,000 grant from the Texas Rehabilitation Commission. Hayes` concept was to use $23,000 to begin a live in attendants program enabling severely disabled students to live on campus, and the remaining $10,000 would be used to build an adaptive sports program. In the fall of 1976 the FreeWheelers began with only a handful of players. The team won its first game against University of Houston before winning 4 straight Texas Intercollegiate State titles from 1978 to 1981. The team tried to join the National Wheelchair Basketball Association`s Central Intercollegiate Conference (what would later become the Intercollegiate League) in 1981, but they were not eligible. After being unable to field a team in 1982, the team returned to the court in 1983. A huge moment came in 1989 with the establishment of the Andrew David Beck Memorial Scholarship as the first full scholarship for adaptive sports in the country. It was established in honor of Andrew Beck who was a star in Wheelchair Track, and Wheelchair Rugby, who tragically was killed while crossing the street on his first night of Graduate courses at UT-Arlington. In 1990 the team officially became the Movin` Mavs, and placed 4th at Intercollegiate Nationals that year in Marshall, Minnesota. After that the team won 4 straight titles from 1991 to 1994. This was followed by titles in 1997, 2002, and 2006. The Movin` Mavs have expanded over the years to offer Intercollegiate Wheelchair Tennis, and in 2013 the Lady Movin` Mavs whom, in their second season as an Intercollegiate team (the team was not considered Intercollegiate in 2013-14) locked up their first title with a 64-51 win over rivals University of Illinois. Other notable achievements include two Intercollegiate Wheelchair Tennis titles in 2004, and 2014. The program continues to grow, and provide inspiration to so many people.

 

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