Local student surprised with custom basketball hoop

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Basketball is a go-to sport in many school P.E. classes, but for students with disabilities it can be difficult to keep up with everyone else.

One of the gym teachers at Syms Middle School in Hampton had a student interested in basketball who would get frustrated because the hoop was too high. Sixth grader Cynnia McCalman has cerebral palsy and either needs a walker or a wheelchair to get around.

“I kind of saw despair and defeat on her face, and that smile that I love so much started to fade,” said Health & P.E. teacher Cailtin White.

White wanted McCalman to have the same shot, so she reached out for help, and got it.  Home Depot created a customized basketball hoop to help students with disabilities be included and have fun with their classmates.

“This one I can make it in there instead of trying to shoot high, I can shoot high or low cause its adjustable,” said McCalman. “I can shoot some hoops and I can play with the other kids.”

Representatives with Home Depot came by the school Thursday to surprise McCalman.

“The whole community of Hampton came together to rally around this one child and support her and let her know you can do this, and you can do anything,” White said. 

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