The Red Dawgs wheelchair basketball team will play an exhibition game on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 4:15 p.m. in the DakotaDome on the campus of The University of South Dakota. The doors to the facility will open at 4 p.m., and tickets for the Red Dawgs exhibition also will be good for admittance for the South Dakota versus Nebraska-Omaha North Central Conference doubleheader that will follow, starting at 6 p.m.
The exhibition game will last approximately an hour and will be played against faculty and staff from the Vermillion middle and high schools. The Red Dawgs will also take to the court during each halftime of the Coyote doubleheader. The women's halftime will see the Red Dawgs face the Vermillion "All-Stars," while during the men's intermission they will square off against various USD student-athletes, with both squads of their opponents also playing in wheelchairs.
Consisting of 22 players hailing from South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska, the Red Dawgs is an organization that features athletes who have lower-limb disabilities. The 22 players are divided into three teams, with one featuring players aged 13 through 18, and the other two squads comprised of players under the age of 13.
This exhibition will serve as a fund raiser for the organization to help cover traveling costs to national tournaments. The 13-to-18-year-old Red Dawg squad has qualified for the national tourney to be held in Peoria, IL, later this year, while the Prep One Under-13 team has earned the right to go to Seattle, WA, for its national competition. Additional funds raised from this exhibition will be donated to the South Dakota branch of Make-A-Wish.