PCC student featured in wheelchair basketball film - Tucson News Now

PCC student featured in wheelchair basketball film

Moran became paralyzed after he was shot in New Jersey years ago (Source: Tucson News Now). Moran became paralyzed after he was shot in New Jersey years ago (Source: Tucson News Now).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It's a traumatic event that became a blessing in disguise, said 30-year-old Mario Moran of New Jersey.

The Pima Community College student is encouraging people to turn their mistakes into lessons learned as he stars as one of the primary storylines in an award-winning documentary about the world of wheelchair basketball.

"Sports is in my DNA," said Moran. "I played a lot of baseball when I was growing up so, it was a major transition just to play wheelchair basketball. I never thought of playing any sport in a wheelchair."

Moran, who moved to Tucson about a year ago to play professional wheelchair basketball, is paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot at age 18. 

He was introduced to wheelchair basketball shortly after and started a new life in Miami, where he joined the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball team.

"One of the greatest things that happened to me was getting shot so I accepted it," said Moran. "There were times where I didn't know what was next. I was clueless, at times scared, of what the future was going to look like for me, but I believed and I just kept on fighting."

The film, titled "The Rebound", will be screened for free Tuesday, April 11 at PCC’s West Campus, followed by an audience discussion with Moran.

According to PCC, the event is designed to raise awareness about challenges faced by adaptive athletes.

The event will be held at the PCC Center for the Arts at the PCC West Campus in the Proscenium Theatre, located at 2202 West Anklam Road at 6:30 p.m.

The screening is free.

Moran is taking courses through PCC’s Adult Basic Education for College and Career and plays wheelchair basketball for the University of Arizona.
 
For more information about Pima Community College’s Adult Basic Education for College and Career, call 520-206-3987 or CLICK HERE.

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