When: Tuesday, August 7
Where: Mechanicsburg, PA
A lifelong battle with spina bifida hasn’t kept Energy Administrator Shearod Learn from having a successful career in Rite Aid’s retail facilities department, nor has it kept him from using his wheelchair to turn heads on the basketball court and raise community awareness about the challenges of living with a disability.
For several years, Shearod has helped organize a basketball tournament in Mechanicsburg, PA, that gives non-disabled participants a chance to experience playing the game in a wheelchair. This year, five of the teams included students or faculty from a local middle school, a group of local municipal officials and civilians or enlisted personnel from the local Navy depot.
The sixth team – a group coached by Shearod known as “The “Chairiot Express” – comprised of disabled players who have experience playing basketball in a wheelchair. Shearod’s team won the tournament’s championship game in double overtime. A half-dozen of Shearod’s colleagues from the Rite Aid’s St. John’s Road corporate facility, also located in Mechanicsburg, were there to cheer him on.