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Western Michigan University men’s basketball players hit the court with the Beautiful Lives Project – CW50 Detroit

An event with the Beautiful Lives Project at Read Fieldhouse on Wednesday brought together the community and the Western Michigan University men’s basketball team.

The Beautiful Lives project aims to give people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in activities that they would normally not be able to.

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About 75 people were in the WMU basketball arena, including team players and new head coach Dwayne Stephens, as they held drills and interacted with people from the community.

Founder Bryce Weiler is blind and for him organizing these events is an effort to help others and goes far beyond the game of basketball.

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“It’s important for people with disabilities to be able to experience college basketball or basketball as a whole because it’s something they may not be able to experience every day or often.” , said Weiler, co-founder of the Beautiful Lives Project. “For players in West Michigan, it’s a good teaching lesson that you should always value every opportunity that’s given to you.”

Western Michigan University basketball head coach Dwayne Stephens said, “As athletes and coaches, we don’t always understand the impact we can have on others…. I want to teach these guys life lessons beyond basketball.

For more information on the Beautiful Lives Project, including where they’re headed next, as well as how you can support the program, visit here.

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