2008-11-27 / Sports

Field Notes 11/27/08

Wheelin’ Team 457 honored
TROY — Wheelin’ Team 457 of North Branch was presented with the ‘Athletes of the Year’ award at the 10th annual Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame dinner Nov. 13 at the Troy Marriott.
Team members compete in track and field, competitive air rifle, swimming, archery, table tennis, bowling, billiards, powerlifting, deer and turkey hunting and fishing. Disabilities range from spinal cord injuries, amputations, muscular dystrophy, and TBI.
Tony Filippis, Sr., founder of Wrigth & Filippis established the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame in 1999 to honor the achievements of outstanding athletes and community leaders who have achieved their goals while serving as symbols of hope and inspiration.
The mission statement of the Hall of Fame is to “honor Michigan’s athletes with disabilities who have demonstrated achievement in sports and are positive role models in the community, as well as to educate the public about sports for the disabled.” The Hall of Fame also strives to provide support for sports and recreation programs for disabled individuals.
Wheelin’ Team 457 has grown into one of the area’s most supportive programs, and as a 501-c-3 organization, strives to get kids, men and women with disabilities involved again in sports, hunting and fishing. Many of its’ own members are decorated Paralympians, shooters and sportsmen.

Wolves remain on Endangered List
NATIONWIDE — The gray wolf will remain on the national Endangered Species List in the Northern Rockies after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew its plan to delist the wolves.
The Yellowstone region wolf population was slated for a state-sponsored slaughter last March after Pres. George W. Bush declared the populations of Greater Yellowstone and Central Idaho to be “fully recovered”. More than 100 wolves were killed before an injunction stopped the process and the planned massive public hunts that were to take place in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
Michigan’s gray wolf is also protected, but because of the thriving population, the state is considering adoption of a new wolf management plan.

Field Notes by Lisa Paine

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