Indoor Recreation

Indoor Recreation


[ Music ]>>Welcome to another
exciting accessible adventure of the Gene and David show. We’ve got a great show
today on indoor recreation, and you know Dave our
lucky audience will get to see an interview that we did with Lebron James
here in Austin. So, you don’t want
to miss this show.>>I can’t believe it. We were there doing some
wheelchair basketball, and there he was.>>Lebron James.>>You’ll get to see that
later in this episode.>>But before we
get started on that, Dave we have something
else we’d like to share with the audience, don’t we?>>Yeah. We really want
to thank all of the fans that have been watching both on public access television
channel here locally in Austin and also all the viewers who
have tuned in to the website to see our flash videos. We received an award
actually for our show. It’s a media award
from the Austin mayor.>>Austin mayor’s committee
for people with disabilities. That was a real honor,
and it was a huge banquet, a huge ceremony they had. We were just really proud and
humbled by the experience. We want to share
this with our fans.>>So, thank you
all for watching. I think our last episode
was one of our finest. We really enjoyed doing it,
and I loved seeing you jump out of cliffs and bungee jump
off of a bridge in Africa. Every time I see that, I
can’t believe that’s happened. So, if you haven’t
seen that episode yet, please watch it on our website. Tune into the outdoor
recreation show. But, you know Gene,
weather changes, and it gets cold outside. You can’t always be kayaking or
jumping off of bridges unless when it’s cold here
you fly halfway around the world
where it’s summer. Not everybody can do
that, so we decided to do this episode
on indoor recreation.>>I love being indoors
during the cool weather, so we’ve got, you know me. I’m mr. research. I wanted to find out things
about indoor recreation and disability, so I googled it.>>So you wanted to find
out about indoor recreation, and you went to the
library, right?>>What I did was I
went to the google. I did that google thing, and I put in “indoor
recreation and disability”.>>And, you found
wheelchair basketball.>>The very first thing I got.>>Wheelchair hockey?>>Not even close.>>Wheelchair bowling?>>You’re getting colder.>>How about ping pong?>>Nope. The number one hit on
google for indoor recreation and disability was
indoor rock climbing.>>Rock climbing?>>Yep. Not this picture here
of me on the cliffs of Socorro, New Mexico or on
this cruise ship. Nope. Indoor rock
climbing is unbelievable, but we’re not going
to be doing that. We just want to know that
there’s so many sports, so much indoor recreation. We decided to focus in
on one wheelchair sports, indoor recreation
for wheel chairs.>>Alright. So what’s the first sport
we’re going to Gene?>>Let’s try bowling. The Seton brain and
spine, it’s a program here. They take folks out
bowling, and you can see in this clip here folks are, they have different
approaches to bowling. Some will just pick
up the ball and bowl as any other bowler would. Others like this kid here, he’s
got a standing frame wheelchair, and he’ll stand up, place
that ball on this apparatus, and aim that apparatus
towards the pins, and let go, and that’s
his style. We saw somebody else that
just threw the ball almost like a shot-put. It’s just surprising.>>They also make a bowling
ball with a handle in it that pops up, and the minute
you throw it and release it, the handle pops back
out into the ball. I didn’t see anybody using
that when we were there, but they do have those.>>Better recreation
through technology.>>That’s right.>>Yeah, and they also
have these guide rails to prevent the ball from
going into the gutter, and it was kind of
a surprise for me. I never saw those before, but
not only does it keep the ball from going into the gutter but if the ball bounces off it
you might get a strike with it.>>You never know
depending on your angle.>>You never know, so regardless
what your disability is if you’re in a wheelchair, you
should be able to enjoy bowling.>>So, where can we
enjoy bowling Gene?>>Good question Dave. This particular shot
we took was at,>>5700 Grove Avenue in Austin.>>Of course. I was just about to say that. It was a good time. Bowling isn’t just
for able bodied. Just about anyone in
a chair could do it. So, come on out there
to Grover, 5700 Grover and have yourself a good time. And, if you folks would
like more information on bowling please go
to the www.awba.org. Is that right Dave?>>Yeah it stands for American
Wheel Bowling Association. There’s an even an
association for, man you and your google research. You are something.>>Well thank you Dave. I appreciate that.>>That’s the American
Wheelchair Bowling Association at www.awba.org.>>You mentioned cold. I want to come in from the cold,
but one winter sport hockey, they found a way to
bring that indoors for folks with wheelchairs.>>They put ice skates
on wheelchairs?>>Well, not where
we were filming, but we did find some folks
who were playing indoor hockey in wheelchairs, and
you could see here in this clip these guys have
got these hockey sticks. Now, the tricky thing is they
have to be able to push a chair and use the hockey
sticks at the same time, and that’s quite an
athletic event right there.>>It does take some
talent and practice.>>Indeed it does.>>Let’s watch this clip. Wheel chair hockey. [ Sounds of hockey ]>>You know Dave, a
lot of these sports around town we really
need to be thankful to a gentleman named
Mike Haynes. You’ve heard of me
talking about him before. He’s one of my heroes, but Mike
is a famous Austin celebrity, a wheelchair user who started
a lot of programs especially for kids in recreation. We talked with him
a couple of times. Before we show this
interview, I just wanted to show this one clip. Here we are. Mike and I are getting
ready to do an interview, and he’s clowning
around of course. He’s got to make sure
we’re both looking good and everything’s looking
perfect, but that’s Mike. He always like to
have a good time, but let’s go ahead and listen
to this interview that you and I interviewed
Mike over at Hoops.>>Yeah. It was quite an honor.>>Dave, this is a real
treat for me today. We have with us Mikes Haynes. Mike, you’re one of my
heroes for many years. I’ve never told you this, but
you were one of the reasons that I moved to Austin. I heard about what you
were doing with scuba, and I thought scuba diving. They’ve got a club at Austin,
I’ve got to check it out. So, you started it? So, you started Eels on Wheels. Do I understand it correctly? You were one of the founders?>>Yeah. One of the
founding members.>>And now you’re
doing wheelchair sports with the Lone Star
Paralysis Foundation?>>Well, my job has
changed a little bit. I’m raising money
to cure paralysis, and we also fund the brain
spine recovery center over at Brackenridge. So, we have an adapted
sports program. We have advanced therapy. We’re getting people up,
getting them walking. Basically, our motto is
keep people healthy enough so when we do find a cure we’ll
have some guinea pigs to try it on and hopefully
have some people that are ready to walk again. I myself am not going to
be able to utilize any of the function just
because of all the years, but we’re working really
hard to cure paralysis and also provide an ongoing
sports program and other things like advanced therapy. We have a fitness
center that’s for people with spinal cord injuries. They can come down and work out. We have a exercise bike where they can maintain
their muscle density and stuff like that.>>It’s the electrical
stimulation?>>Yep.>>Great. If people want
to get more information about the Lone Star Paralysis
Foundation, where can they go?>>They can go to the
website LoneStarParalysis.org or they can contact me at
512-673-7823, and we do a lot of different fundraisers. We’ve got vodka tasing party
coming up here in a couple of days with Tito’s vodka. It’s a rough job sometimes.>>Sounds like it.>>Dave did you get
your invitation?>>Oh it’s open invitation. We can talk about
it after the show. We’d love to have
you guys come out. Tito is going to be out there
making some really cool drinks, and it’s over at
the AT&T Center, and got a lot of good people. A lot of our board members
buy a table and come out.>>Sounds like a good time.>>Yeah.>>I was telling Dave here
before that you’re one of my heroes because the
sports you’re doing with kids. Tell us about that Mike.>>Alright. We’ve got a program called
Super Sports Saturday that we hold once a month, and
we try to do different things and introduce the kids to all
sorts of different activities. We just did a scuba
program this last month. We played softball
this last weekend. We had a pool party
at Del Diamond at the end of the summer. So, we try to provide
at least one program where parents can come and
drop the kids off for a day, and they enjoy a sport. So, the parents get a day off. The kids get a day away from
their parents, and we take them out and introduce them
to hopefully something that they become
passionate about. You’ve got a lot of
passion in your life for the things that you do. You do some crazy stuff. I won’t even go there
with all that craziness.>>The great thing about it
is the kids, they have someone like you as a role
model to look up to, and I think that’s
so important to them. When I first injured back in
’72, I didn’t know anybody.>>Were people injured
that long ago Gene?>>I’m not talking 1872. I’m talking 1972.>>Wow. You’ve been in
that chair for a long time.>>It was hard for him to
get around in his first chair with the square wheels.>>That’s 38 years? Wow. I’ve been in one 28,
but that’s a long time. Did you get hurt at
the age of two or what?>>17. I fell from a cliff and
broke my neck when I was 17. I have no idea what happened. I don’t have any
memory from that time.>>That’s probably good.>>Yeah. Defense mechanism
of mine, I don’t know. But, no drugs, no drinking,
just one of those things that happened that can happen. People can trip over
themselves, fall off a cliff, so anyone can join the ranks
of the disabled at any time.>>We like to say that
we’re the only fraternity that you can join at any time. We don’t discriminate
against anybody.>>That’s right.>>And actually I do a think
first program, and it’s a head and spinal cord injury
prevention program. We go out and talk
to schools and try to have the kids use their
minds to protect their bodies and think about things
before they’re doing things. We don’t want to lecture them or
anything, but just about diving, going feet first and
things like that. So, if anybody’s interested
in that they can contact me, and we’d be more than happy to
come out to their youth group or their school and do
a Think First program. They’re real popular
right before Spring Break and right before
the summer time, and again it’s just a
different way of thinking. Having fun but doing
it in a safe manner.>>When it comes from
someone like yourself that’s in a wheelchair, it has
a lot more credibility>>You think so?>>Yeah. Kids are really
going to think twice when they think first. Well we appreciate
you joining us.>>Is there a way to contact
you for the think first program?>>Yeah. They can call me at the Lone Star Paralysis
Foundation, 673-7823.>>In area code 512, and if
people want to donate money.>>Oh we’ll always
take your money if you’ve got an extra
dollar, five dollar, if you’ve got an extra million
laying around we’ll take it.>>Remind me to count my money.>>Alright. I’ll do that. Well thanks for having
me on the show. I really appreciate it. I love you guys. I got to tell you, I never
knew I was one of your heroes, but you guys are definitely one
of mine, and I appreciate all that you guys do,
getting out there and covering all these things. You’re just crazy man. I don’t know if Dave is, but you’ve done some
crazy things in your life. You continue. Is Dave the same way? Is that why you guys
are such good compadres?>>Exactly. Dave’s got to be crazy
for working with me. Well we get the job done.>>Keep up the great work.>>Fantastic. Nice to do something,>>It really is. We’ve got a lot of
people moving out here who have disabilities just because of the activities
we have going on, the accessibility. You’ve got ADAPT here
that’s taking care of all the accessibility
of everything, and people are moving here. Our basketball team is
unbelievable the amount of people that we have playing. We’ve got a roster of 19
or something like that where a few years ago we could
barely scrape together a team.>>Yeah the city of Austin has
a cultural initiatives program, and they’re trying to bring
people here to Austin, and now, we’ve heard it here Dave,
people are moving here because of the disability
type programs.>>That’s good news.>>Yes indeed.>>You mind taking a minute
and tell us about your chair.>>Oh no, not at all.>>You’ve been taking about
these and looking at them. Maybe get a little close up. Now your wheels are probably
the definite thing that comes to mind are the wheels
are tilted in. Maybe if you can turn
around and show us.>>Like that? It’s called camber. I think I’ve got about
18 degrees of camber, and it serves a couple
of different purposes. One, you can turn around
on a dime and then two if you’ve got two wheels,
little dizzy there. I’ve you’ve got two wheels
that are both cambered out, somebody can’t get
as close to you. So, if you’re shooting
you can lean over. Also, it keeps your fingers from
being in between the casters. And then we’ve got a set of
wheels on the back to keep it from tipping over, a set
of wheels on the front. And this allows you, we used to
have just one bar coming out, but now they’ve made a double. That way you can back up into
somebody as close as you can to try to block their shot. But yeah, it’s come a long way since the first sport
chair in early 80s. And I hate to say it, but I was around to play with
it back then. So, I’ve seen the technology
just come a really long way.>>Yeah. It looks expensive.>>You can get a good sports
chair for around 1,500 to 3,000 dollars, but
yeah they are expensive. Our basketball team and our
sports program provides these chairs for the youth and adults
that want to participate.>>Good deal.>>I actually got through
writing some grants, so if anybody has any good
words with CVS pharmacies or the Christopher
Reeves Foundation, please put in a good
word for us. We could really use
that equipment.>>We certainly will do that.>>Thank you.>>Thank you Mike.>>You’ve got it.>>It was good to talk to Mike,
and if you want to get a hold of Mike or you want to
email him and find something out about what kind of
indoor sports are going on or what Mike’s got
going on these days, you can actually email him
at [email protected]>>It was amazing all the
different indoor sports you could play in a wheelchair.>>Yeah and some are going
back and forth playing both. They drop their hockey
sticks and go over and start hitting the soccer
ball around a little while.>>Yeah, and Larry
Turner from Seton Brain and Spine organized a
lot of these sports. To try to understand these
sports, we interviewed him. This is what Larry had to say.>>Good old Larry. My kayak buddy.>>Definitely you were kayaking.>>And he did see
me row by the way. Let’s talk to him about
that in this next interview.>>We’re bringing
back Larry with us. Larry thanks again
for coming abroad man. You’re holding the top record. You’re been on more Gene and
Dave shows than anybody else. Whatever new character
shows up on Star Trek, they beam down to
the planet, you know. You know that character
is going to be dead and never seen again after that. But you’re hanging
in there with us.>>I’m hanging.>>We really appreciate it. In fact, you were with
us along for the ride on the health episode when
you were training Gene on how to ride the hand cycle here.>>Yeah.>>You can see that right here. [ Music ]>>And you pushed him
to the limit definitely.>>I always push
Gene to the limit.>>And then you joined
us again when we took that little dip in
Lady Bird Lake.>>Kayaking,>>Dave’s not paddling. I wonder why. I wonder what’s going on. You have any parting
words for us there Dave? Anything you might want to say?>>Another refreshing
day on the lake. Later Gene.>>I love that.>>You were kayaking with me,
and just for the record now that you’re here with
me and to prove to Gene, anybody that watched
the last episode knows that he was dogging
on me for not rowing. I never rowed. However you were there. You were with me.>>He did row.>>He did?>>He did row.>>Too bad we don’t
have that on film Dave.>>I’ve got a witness
right here. I rowed all of about two feet,>>There you go.>>But I rowed.>>He rowed.>>I rowed. Definitely. So we kind of got tired and
hot of the outdoor recreation. In Texas, it is hot.>>Especially during the summer.>>Yeah. Especially
during the summer. So, we want to find
out new ways, other ways to do recreations,
still get that work out in, and be able to do
some stuff indoors. So, this show is
featuring indoor recreation. Been following you around for a
while now, and some basketball, some hockey, and some soccer. We’ve got some clips we’d like
to show you of some of the stuff that people are doing, and we’ll
show it on the screen there. If you could just explain to us
some stuff about what’s going and maybe some of the
rules of the game.>>Cool. Well, in this clip basically
what participants are doing is it’s just like AB basketball,
able bodied basketball. Doing a warmup. To warmup we do layup drills, and basically that’s
what they’re doing in the videos, some
layup drills. A lot of times during our
warmup here in practice, we do what we call
a weave drill. A lot of able bodied
teams do the same thing. With wheelchair basketball
it’s pretty similar to able bodied basketball. The only real difference
is you’ve got the chair on the court, and it
takes up a lot of space. But a lot of the
same rules apply.>>How does the rule
apply with dribbling?>>Basically there’s
four major differences from able bodied basketball
to wheelchair basketball.>>Let’s watch the next clip. Maybe you can kind of go
over some of that stuff.>>Cool.>>One of the differences
is the pay.>>Yeah definitely it is. As you can see in the video
there basically what he’s having to do to dribble is he gets
two pushes, and then he has to bounce the ball at least once
before he pushed the third time. So you get two pushes and
then you have to dribble. That’s one of the
major differences in wheelchair basketball
and able bodied basketball. Another thing is they’re
not following it that well, but when you’re inside the
paint it’s a three second lane violation in able
bodied basketball. In wheelchair basketball
you have a four second lane violation. Then, I’m not seeing
it on the video here, but basically another rule
change is what they call a PAF, and that’s a personal
advantage foul. That’s when somebody
gets an advantage over another person just due
to the functions of what type of function they
have on the court. What I guess I’m trying to
say is say you have amputee on the floor, he could
actually the one leg he has, he could go move it around.>>Oh I see.>>Now, say a paraplegic, he’s
not able to move his legs, so if any way, shape, or form he
uses his leg to get an advantage over that person that’s a
personal advantage foul.>>I see. Okay.>>Another thing that
it comes into I guess into play there is
the official watches. Like, say an amputee
may use his foot to push up on the foot plate and reach
for the ball, but if he sees air between the cushion and his
buttocks, then he’s going to call a personal
advantage foul because a paraplegic is not
going to be able to jump up or use his foot to
get up off the seat.>>So really a level
playing field.>>Correct. The fourth major rule is
a classification rule. It’s in a lot of detail, but
basically you have a class one, class two, and then class three
according to your function. So your amputees, they
have the most function. They’re going to
be a class three. A class two is going
to be somebody that has no lower
extremity function, but has all their upper body
and abdominals functioning. A class one is going to
be someone that has some but not all of their
abdominal function and no lower extremity function.>>Can someone with a class
one play on the same side as someone that’s class two or
class three, or do they all have to be the same classification?>>Well, you get class, the way
it works is you get classified as a one, two, or three
and then our division that we play we’re allowed
11 points out on the court. So out of our five players, we can have two threes,
two twos, and a one. That adds up to 11 points. So, out of those five players
we put out on the court, you can’t go above 11 points.>>I see. Okay. And you can’t put like 11
class ones out on the court. You can only put five
players out there. So that’s kind of how the
classification system works. But other than those
four things, everything goes by NCAA rules.>>Fantastic.>>Yeah. Thanks to the
wonderful technology of the iPad that we were using to
show some of the clips, Larry could actually look at
the clips and tell us more about what was going on. Really opened up a new world to
us on indoor recreation and some of the rules and things you
can or can’t do and some of the people that participate
in indoor recreation.>>Yep. As they say, better
recreation through technology.>>So, Gene when we were
filming the hockey stuff, some really good live action
there, and there was people of all different ages
playing hockey too. That’s what I think
was really cool about these wheel chair sports
is anybody any age can play against each other. Everybody was having a really
good time, and just getting in some indoor recreation. But on the other side
of the gymnasium, right next to the hockey players
were some soccer players.>>It’s amazing what sports you
can bring indoors and people in wheelchairs can
participate in. It’s fantastic. Let’s check out a few clips
of them playing soccer.>>Wheelchair style of course. [ Talking ]>>They can control the
ball, they can hit it with their wheelchairs, just
got to keep that ball moving. Sometimes they get
going pretty fast.>>It’s really great that
all these indoor recreation opportunities are available here
in Austin, and I think the man that we have to thank for that
is definitely my kayak buddy Larry Turner. I can’t wait for the
weather to warm back up and to start doing that again.>>Yeah. If you really
like to get aggressive, try wheelchair basketball. These guys can really move. They knock each other
out of their chairs. I’m not sure that’s part of the
game plan, but it does happen. These guys can really move.>>Yeah Gene. I didn’t realize Austin had such a great wheelchair
basketball team. It went to the Paralympics, and it won several
medals and awards. How many people there actually
are that participate in that, I didn’t know there was
that many people in Austin that used wheelchairs.>>Yeah really. That surprised me as well. But the Austin Rec’ers are
I think ranked number six in the nation right now. So if you’ve got some
talent you’d like to lend, come out to the Austin
Rec’ers here at Hoop Zone and show what you’ve got.>>Yeah. Or, if you just want
to check them out at practice or maybe even a game, you
can go to their website.>>You talked about
Paralympics before. One of the basketball players
Dave Wear has been a Paralympics for shot put, I think
javelin, and believe it or not this big huge muscle
bound guy played table tennis.>>That’s right. Ping pong.>>Ping pong. Another indoor sport for
folks with disabilities, but here’s what they had to say.>>First Lebron James
and now Larry Byrd. What do you know? Thanks for coming out
and joining us Larry. Oh wait a minute.>>That’s not Larry Byrd. That’s super Dave.>>Super Dave Wear, right?>>How are you all doing?>>Good. How are you Dave? Thanks for joining us on
the Dave and Gene show. Appreciate you being here.>>Thanks.>>Dave you’ve got quite
a history in sports, and tell our audience
a little bit about it because you were a
high profile athlete.>>Yeah I kind of got
started, I got hurt in 1976, and I went to college
at [inaudible] Texas and became a watchmaker
and a jeweler, and then I decided
to come to Austin.>>You look like the kind of
guy who would be a watchmaker.>>And I go to Austin, and I
ended up finding some people that had an actual basketball
team playing at University of Texas, and that
was back in the 80s. We had a guy named Randy
Snow who was real famous, and he played on the team. We started from there,
and we were playing on UT for a long time. We ended up finally
wanting to go to the city, and it was just only two
people that we had left. Everybody graduated
and moved on, and I was at that time probably
1990 or so, we were wondering if we were going to have
a team at all in Austin. So, we actually started a
non-profit organization, and there was four of us, me
and Mike Haynes and two ladies, Espinosa and a lady
that just died. We ended up starting
the team there. From that point, we start
growing and who knows. Here it is. We got 19 players now,
and probably going to go for a national championship.>>Last year, how did you do?>>Actually we ended up
at number six in the US.>>Number six ladies
and gentlemen. Austin, Texas.>>And we were very fantastic, very happy about
getting to that point. It was just a fantastic
situation, and we’re happy we had an
opportunity to be there.>>Now don’t make me pry this
out of you, but you played in the 88 Paralympics,
isn’t that right?>>Yes I did.>>What events?>>In 1988, I did shot
put, discus, and javelin and table tennis of all things. I was number two in the
United States at table tennis.>>Wow.>>In my division. I was always number
one or number two in shot put, discus, or javelin.>>Well that’s fantastic.>>The year before in Austria, I
competed there and actually got to hold the American flag
and roll around the stadium. That was quite an honor. But going to Korea
in the Olympics and hearing 150,000 people
at the opening ceremony, it was just unbelievable. To this day, I see the Olympics and I get a tear in
my eye every time.>>The Paralympics, are
they also every four years?>>They’re held in conjunction
with the abled bodied Olympics. They’re always two
weeks after the Olympics at the same complex,
same stadium. Of course there’s winter
and summer Olympics. We have downhill snow skiing. Everything’s the same.>>Because uphill snow
skiing is more difficult?>>Yeah. It’s very difficult.>>We understand that you’re
playing [inaudible] now you play with the Austin Rec’ers?>>Austin Rec’ers is
the wheelchair team. I actually came up with the
name myself back at the time. I didn’t want it to be just
the Austin basketball team. The reason why came up
with Rec’ers was Rec for recreational sports, and we address different people
other than just basketball.>>So, an athlete
and a smart guy.>>Thank you.>>So, what do we
have to look forward to in this upcoming season Dave?>>Looks like we’re
going to be going to Maryland next month October, and we have a tournament
in November. I think it’s the 5th. And then Vegas in December
I believe, a tournament in Kentucky, Lexington,
and then Tennessee.>>All that travel
sounds expensive. How do you guys fund all that?>>We actually got into
a 501c3 organization. We actually got into
a bingo hall. A long time ago paralyzed
veterans helped us with our basketball many
years ago, and they kind of helped us direct that
area to get into that fund. And through that funding, we give a lot back
to the Austin area. We’re supporting
the quad rugby team. We donated goals for east
Austin, and we donated money to the Lone Star
Paralysis Foundation.>>Wow. I think that Gene and Dave show could
also use some donations.>>So, how can people
get in touch with you? Is there a website?>>It’s Austinrecers.org>>Recers is Reckers?>>Recers.>>.com or .org?>>.org yeah.>>It’s right there at the
bottom of the screen Gene. Don’t you see it.>>Duh. I don’t know
what’s wrong with me Dave. I don’t know why
you put up with me.>>I don’t know either. Anyway, check the
bottom of their website, and then more importantly
go watch them play because its’ pretty exciting. Now I know Gene where I’m from
up in Kansas in the small towns, a lot of times it’s really hard
to participate in indoor sports because there’s just not that
many people that are either in wheelchairs or
have disabilities in the smaller towns. So, I know that you’ve got to
branch out to the bigger towns to have access to
them, like Austin. I’m sure there’s some place near
you that’s a larger metroplex so to speak. I just can’t see never playing or having any type
of recreation. In fact, We asked a few
people how they felt if there was no indoor
recreation for people with disabilities.>>Yeah. We asked Skippy the
Wonder Tuna how he would feel if he wasn’t able to participate
in the wheelchair sports, and this is what he said.>>I’m as mad as hell, and I’m
not going to take this anymore.>>No wonder Skippy
is mad as hell. I don’t blame him.>>Must’ve gotten up on the
wrong side of the pond that day. Poor Skippy.>>With all these different
wheelchair sports going on, you see a lot of folks
in manual wheelchairs. Well, Dave and I both use
electric wheel chairs, but we still like to compete. So, we’ve setup a special
competition between Dave and I today, and
feel free to root for whoever you like the best. But, we’re going to have
our first balloon blowing up competition. Now, we’re not going to blow up
the balloons with our mouths. That would be the easy way, but it wouldn’t be
the Gene and Dave way.>>That’s right.>>So we’re going to blow the
balloons up with our ears, so get ready to enjoy
this competition. [ Music ] Okay are we ready?>>Alright. I’m ready. Let’s do it. [ Music ]>>There you have it folks. The first indoor
balloon competition.>>That’s how you do it. Blow it out your ear Gene.>>You know Dave, you
mentioned basketball. We’ve also got quad rugby
which is made famous by the movie Murderball that
the coaches here in Austin area, we haven’t been able a hold
of them over phone or email, but there is a sport that you
might want to take a look into. And there’s also curling, a
sport for folks in wheelchairs who want to spend
some time indoors on a recreational past time.>>There’s a website for
curling too, right Gene?>>There certainly is,
and that website is www.worldcurlingorganization.org>>/wheelchair-curling That’s a lot to write down
when watching a TV show, but I’ll tell you what if you
go to the website they’ll all be on the show info part of
the website, all of the URLs that we’ve given you during this
episode will be right there. So, all you have to
do is click on them. So, go visit
theGeneandDaveshow.com>>Just to share you
what big celebrities are, we also have an interview
with Lebron James.>>I couldn’t believe it. We were there at Hoops watching
the wheelchair basketball, and who walks in
but Lebron James.>>So we couldn’t pass
up this opportunity. We interviewed Lebron. Now me being from Cleveland
had a special interest in it. So, here’s the interview you’ve
been waiting for on our show, David and I interview
Lebron James.>>Lebron.>>How are you doing Lebron?>>Why did you leave Cleveland?>>I guess I gotta
get me a ring man.>>So, it was all
about the game.>>Yeah.>>Just looking for
the championship.>>Yes sir.>>So, how was the
weather in Miami?>>It’s tropical.>>It’s tropical? Is that why they
call it Miami heat?>>I guess so.>>Did you sell your house
in Cleveland yet Lebron?>>No not yet.>>Still on the market,
or are you making sure that Miami is the right
place for you to be?>>Well, I guess I am the team, so I guess you’re
right about that.>>Lebron, we’re glad you’re
able to make it out here to Austin for this interview. Most big time basketball
players wouldn’t do it, but you’re being a real sport
about it, and we appreciate it. What do you like most about
the game of basketball?>>Court time, going out
there and playing basketball.>>Getting some good exercise? Some time with your brothers.>>Yeah.>>Good deal. Good exercise. I wish I can do that.>>Well, you can Gene.>>You mean wheelchair
basketball?>>Absolutely. They have it right here
at Hoop Zone as well.>>Wow. Ever play that Lebron?>>I would like to
play it, but it seems like too aggressive out there. I’ve seen people
play aggressive.>>Yeah. I’ve seen people get
knocked out of their chairs.>>I think it’s more aggressive
than normal basketball.>>Yeah. Lebron what else
do you do here in Austin?>>Seeing the sights, going
to some UT football games.>>Great. You’re a sports fan from way back, you
just love sports.>>Yeah.>>That’s cool. Well Dave, what say
we get started on some wheelchair basketball because I’m dying to
try my hand at it?>>And you’re already here
on the Gene and Dave show. Wheelchair basketball is
too rough for Lebron James.>>That’s right. You know Dave, that was
kind of exciting for me. It was a brush with celebrity.>>It was. I can’t believe I didn’t
even get his autograph.>>I didn’t either now
that you mention it.>>Yeah. Oh well. That’s the way it goes.>>Well tell you what, you’ll
definitely want to tune in to our next show on family. If you’re someone with a
disability in a family, you might want to
take a look at this. We’re going to talk about kids. Dave you’ve got a kid. Talking about married couples
with one or both people who have disabilities,
and we’ll be talking about extended families. So, you’ll definitely
want to see that show.>>And if you’ve got a show
idea for us or you want to talk about your family with
us, please email us. You can get to our email
address through our website at www.thegeneanddaveshow.com. Our email addresses are
under our contract info, or it’s simply
[email protected] or [email protected] Email us and let us know about
your family, what you think about our last recreation
shows or any other shows that we’ve done on our website. Please write us and let us
know what you think of the Gene and Dave show, and if we think
your idea is fantastic we might even have you on the show.>>That’s right. That would be fantastic.>>Or maybe we’ll send you
something from Gene’s apartment. We’ll find out.>>Thanks for joining us
on the Gene and Dave show. So long folks.>>See you. [ Music ]

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