Wheelchair team gets replacement chairs

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – It’s a happy ending for the wheelchair basketball team Iowa Chairiots. On June 14, the team received 20 new wheelchairs to replace wheelchairs that were stolen back in December. Tim Barrett, program director, told a local news outlet that the theft was actually a “blessing.” “Our equipment was outdated and unsafe, and now we have brand new equipment,” he said. In April, police arrested Rick Smith in the theft. Smith had many of the stolen wheelchairs in his home, but most of them were destroyed. The new wheelchairs have a value of about $30,000 and were paid for by donations, including a $12,000 donation from The VGM Group.