The event itself encourages representatives from different student organisations to put aside their differences and come together in the name of promoting social inclusion through sport. The students got to get a feel of what it’s like to play basketball whilst being restricted to a wheelchair. The main idea behind this is so that we, as able-bodied people, are allowed to experience life and indeed sports – something that is a unifying factor across the globe – from a different perspective; a perspective that raises awareness on the predicaments of those who are less fortunate than us.
Speaking in his opening address, Pulse President Ayrton Mifsud spoke about how it’s important to create an awareness on this sport. He spoke about how important it is in uniting, despite differences there may be between organisations, for a common cause; especially one such as this.
Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Chris Agius also spoke at the opening of the event. He congratulated Pulse on their initiative and went on to speak about how important it is for youngsters such as ourselves to raise awareness on the issues disabled people face in their everyday lives, and how we can help them integrate more into society on a daily basis.
The sports complex itself was divided into 2 sections, where people could either play normal basketball in a 5v5 match-up; or they could try their hands (literally) at wheelchair basketball in a 4v4 matchup.
Midway through the event, Bjorn Formosa, who suffers from ALS and who has been at the forefront of a charity drive to raise money and awareness for sufferers of ALS. He spoke about the need for more social inclusion initiatives aimed at those who are less fortunate than ourselves; and to integrate these people more into society. Sport is one of those entities that can unite a planet and through it, we can also unite a whole society; irrespective of ability. He went on to congratulate Pulse for their initiative.
In total, 21 organisations took part in the event; The Yuppie being represented by Editor Albert Galea. The other organisations were the following; ASCS, MMSA, GUG, JEF, Insite, Betapsi, ESN, GhSL, MKSU, TDM2000, S-Cubed, CSA, KNZ, UoM Futsal, ESO, Third Eye, GhST, SDM, KSJC and KSU.
Well done to Pulse for the initiative, and we look forward for next year’s edition!
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