Project Description

On March 7, 2020, the Rancho Los Amigos Basketball Teams were chosen by Spectrum Cable and the Helpful Honda Dealers to receive a “Random Act of Helpfulness” The players were surprised at practice with a film crew, and gifts of new tires and basketballs. These gifts were originally intended to prepare for the National Wheelchair Basketball Final Season Tournament, which was scheduled for March 13-15 but was unfortunately canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The commercial below as shot at practice, and aired on Spectrum during a Los Angeles Laker game.

Wheelchair Sports

We started the wheelchair sports program more than 30 years ago. The program aims to encourage each participant to develop a lifetime of physical fitness behaviors and assists with social and cognitive development. Through the program, sports skills are developed and confidence blossoms while creating a sense of purpose and teamwork.

This sports program consists of tennis, rugby, arena football, hockey, over-the-line and basketball. Children from 4 to 12 years of age participate in the Youth Sport and Fun Section, where the focus is on fun and learning the basics rather than competition. Another important aspect of development for the children in this section is the evolution of teamwork, which they learn from watching and emulating the behavior of older athletes. We refer to this group as the Futures.

The Adolescent Sport and Fitness Section serves young athletes from 13 to 17 years of age. Rancho’s teams have done extremely well over the years in this “Junior” category, where setting and reaching goals, competition and teamwork are the key aspects of the program. Many of Rancho’s athletes choose to remain in the program beyond their 18th birthday, continuing to play on the highly successful Adult wheelchair sports teams while serving as role models for the younger athletes. This competition team is known as the Rancho Renegades and is consistently Nationally ranked. The exposure the team receives by playing at some of the more scouted tournaments allows the seniors to be noticed. Last year four of our seniors were drafted by colleges to compete on collegiate teams.

Assistant Coach Raymond Cervantes, Wheelchair Administrator Tiffany Yonemoto, Wheelchair Sports Program Coordinator and Head Coach Rick Tirambulo with award winning athlete Ruben Mauricio.

In October each year Las Floristas hosts the Scholarship and Awards Dinner for the children and their families thanks to the generous underwriting of the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. Not only do the Scholars get recognized but so do the athletes. Many times, there is cross over between the scholars, athletes as well as art participants.

The Renegades have qualified for the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Louisville Kentucky April 12-15, 2018 and will be headed out there soon!

For any questions regarding our Wheelchair Sports Futures Team or our competition Wheelchair Basketball Team the Rancho Renegades please contact:

Tiffany Yonemoto, CTRS, RTII
Recreation Therapist & Wheelchair Sports Program Coordinator
Spinal Cord Injury Service