Children's Specialized Hospital has always encouraged children to be independent despite any challenges that arise. To encourage independence and to benefit from athletic competition, Children's developed a junior wheelchair athletic program. The hospital's team, "Lightning Wheels" has been in existence since 1981 when the team participated in its first sporting event. Since then, the team has continued to achieve great success both as a team, earning the title of "Number One Large Team in the Country" for the last eight years at the Junior National Wheelchair Competition, and on an individual level. Many of the past and present members of the team are national record holders in track and field and swimming. The team also has been represented at several international competitions including the 1996 and 2000 Paralympics.
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