The sport of wheelchair basketball emerged out of the Second World War (1939-1945). As a result of this global conflict, society was confronted with an unusual number of people with physical disabilities. Following the war, veterans with disabilities were placed in hospitals for rehabilitation and many still possessed a desire to participate in sports.
The philosophy of the day was adaptation of particular sports as viewed through the eyes of rehabilitation staff. Basketball was perceived to be one of the most adaptable team sports and was played in various parts of the world in the early 1940's, including Canada. The first documented game of wheelchair basketball was played on November 25, 1946 by a group of veterans in the United States.
Wheelchair basketball was first contested at the Canada Games in 1995 in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
- Bo Hedges