Defying all odds

December 31, 2012, 10:00 am
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This week on Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area we meet an inspirational young man, James Bohnett. From birth, James, a senior at Del Mar High School, has battled the odds. James was born in Ethiopia with Amniotic Band Syndrome; causing him to be born without feet. When he was seven months old he was adopted by his parents Carla and Loren Bohnett. Even though James was physically different than his peers, he never let it get in the way of his dreams. When James was six years old he was introduced to the sport of wheel chair basketball and it was apparent from the start that he was a natural.

Today, James is the star player for the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP). He is averaging an impressive 40 points per game. James's not only has a unique skill set, but he is also being coached and mentored by one one of the best wheelchair basketball players in the world, Trooper Johnson. Trooper's resume includes nine gold medals, one silver, and one bronze from International competition. He is also the only player in the country to have been selected to the last 12 U.S. National Teams.

BORP is the only competitive wheelchair basketball team in northern California, so James ans his teammates must travel all over the country to compete against other teams. BORP just recently returned from a tournament in Phoenix where they met the number two team in the country. Unfortunately they fell short, receiving their first loss of the season and returning to the Bay Area 4-1. Despite the loss, they have not lost sight of their overall goal this season-- a trip to nationals.

James's future in wheelchair basketball is looking bright. There are currently nine Universities in the country that have a wheelchair basketball program and offer scholarships. James has been talking to several of them and is hoping to continue his career at the next level. For now though, James is focused solely on BORP and helping his squad attain their goal of making it to nationals.

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