Wheelchair Basketball Tibet: Building Community through Basketball
We are raising $20,000 to start a wheelchair basketball program on the Tibetan Plateau.
In September 2018, Norlha Basketball will host its inaugural wheelchair basketball event, the Tibetan Wheelchair Basketball Hoop Exchange. The best wheelchair basketball athletes from all over the world will play alongside 15 able-bodied Tibetan teams in a regional Norlha Basketball Invitational Tournament.
With $20,000 we can:
- Purchase 10 sports wheelchairs
- Provide travel scholarships to international wheelchair basketball athletes
- Cover travel expenses for disabled Tibetan athletes living around the Plateau to attend the Tibetan Wheelchair Basketball Hoop Exchange
- Invest in local Tibetan coaching staff
Our story: Tibet is crazy about basketball. You can find a basketball court in every village and monastery on the Tibetan Plateau. At any pickup game or a team’s practice, you’ll be joined on the sidelines by crowds of school children, monks, and village elders. While basketball is everywhere, disability is often invisible on the Plateau. Tibetans with disabilities share the isolation and deep-rooted stigmas that people with disabilities face around the world and often fail to access the mobility resources they need. Through basketball, we can change the conversation.
With wheelchair basketball, we are showing a powerful, alternative image of disability to change the way people with and without disabilities think about disability. We are bringing together Tibetans with disabilities to create an inclusive environment where both able-bodied Tibetans and Tibetans with disabilities can share the athleticism and passion for Tibet’s favorite sport.
About us: Norlha basketball is host and organizer of the regional tournament and wheelchair hoop exchange. Norlha Textiles is a Tibetan-run, community-based social enterprise creating luxury textiles using the regions’ nomadic traditions. Building upon Norlha’s values and passion for the sport, the employees of Norlha formed Norlha Basketball to further create community.
* All funds will go to Sambotha, a 501c3, tax deductible nonprofit. Sambotha is Norlha’s non-profit arm that supports its many social projects.