Passing students stared quizzically at the basketball hoop and cluster of wheelchairs surrounding it.
The disability subcommittee of Best Buddies — a group that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities — organized a four-hour pickup wheelchair basketball game to raise awareness about disabilities on campus.
The substitutes for the game included UNC basketball players Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson and Sasha Seymore. A crowd gathered, entertained by their attempts to adjust their famous shooting skills to wheelchair play.
“It was difficult. It was the first time I have ever done it of course, but it’s always fun to find out how life is for others,” Meeks said.
Best Buddies President Jack Witty said the event received a lot of attention, and the wheelchairs were never empty.
“We wanted to do something really fun that was very visible on campus and would ultimately raise the standing of people with disabilities here at UNC,” he said.
The Carolina Athletic Association donated a phase one Duke ticket for Saturday’s game as a part of Beat Duke Week. The ticket was awarded to the winner of an around-the-world shooting game.