Thanks to the Waffle House Foundation, getting sports wheelchairs and other equipment to games across the state will soon be easier for the Gwinnett Heat.
The Waffle House Foundation recently presented the Gwinnett Heat with a check for $7,000 to help the team purchase a custom trailer to transport the team's gear.
Started in 2008, the Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) adapted athletic program allows students with physical disabilities to participate in sports. The team has won a number of state championships and a former player, Martinez "Hardwork" Johnson, now plays for the University of Illinois adapted sports program.
To take part in the adapted sports program, students must have a physical impairment that would prevent participation on a typical sports team. The Heat fields varsity teams in handball, football and basketball. The program receives no state or federal funding and relies solely on fundraisers, sponsors and grants.
“The Waffle House Foundation is pleased to partner with the Gwinnett Heat," said Tracy Bradshaw, vice president of Waffle House in a released statement. "The program fulfills our mission of dedication to excellence."
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