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Baltimore’s Bennett Blazers youth wheelchair basketball team wins national championship

Baltimore’s Bennett Blazers wheelchair basketball prep team has won the National Wheelchair Basketball Championship for the junior division.

The team competed in Chicago on Sunday and won its championship game against the Minnesota Rollin’ Rowdies with a score of 48-35, according to Bennett Institute Booster Club social media posts.

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The Blazers are based out of the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Bennett Blazers athletics program for kids with disabilities, which was founded by Gwena Herman and her husband Gerry. The program is based in Baltimore and serves more than 100 children per year from Maryland, southern Pennsylvania and the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

The win was a huge accomplishment for the kids, who have been working toward the championship for three years, Gwena Herman said Monday.

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“We have these bracelets that say, ‘Believe and you will achieve’ — to make that come true was an awesome experience,” Herman said. “It's a great group of kids and parents who trusted the process and helped their kids get to practices.”

Blazers alumni include Paralympian Tatyana Mcfadden.

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