Man in Wheelchair Takes on New Challenge in Tennis Tournament

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If you need a little inspiration to get moving this summer, here's a story for you.

Charleston YMCA member, Patrick Donaghey was out on the tennis court Saturday -- for the Charleston Public Courts Tennis Tournament.

Donaghey is in a wheel chair, but he's not competing against other people in wheelchairs.

After becoming a victim of crime, and losing the use of his legs, he's been playing wheelchair tennis for about ten years.

However, this is the first time he has challenged himself to play against able-bodied competitors.

"To bring awareness to people who are in wheelchairs that 'hey, we can do it. We just do it a little differently. We do it sitting down.' To be able to compete at this level is a really good feeling inside," Donaghey said.

Donaghey says he gives it his all on the court -- and expects nothing less from his competitors.


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