Several Paralympians competing in Rio were trained in Alabama

Several Paralympians competing in Rio were trained in Alabama
U.S.A, Women's Basketball Paralympic Team. (Source: Lakeshore Foundation)
U.S.A, Women's Basketball Paralympic Team. (Source: Lakeshore Foundation)
U.S.A. Goalball Paralympic Team. (Source: Lakeshore Foundation)
U.S.A. Goalball Paralympic Team. (Source: Lakeshore Foundation)
U.S.A. Rugby Paralympic Team. (Source: Lakeshore Foundation)
U.S.A. Rugby Paralympic Team. (Source: Lakeshore Foundation)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The U.S.A. Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team defeated France 93-37 in the first day of competition at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

The team is made up of three players with Alabama ties, joining several athletes competing for gold in the Rio games.

"There is a level of pride hard to describe," Lakeshore Foundation Athletics Director Lisa Hilborn said.

The Homewood-based facility has a rich history of training athletes for the Olympics and Paralympics. The current games in Rio are no different.

Among those with the most prominent ties to Lakeshore is the wheelchair rugby team, which wrapped up training last month at Lakeshore.

In fact, the facility is considered the wheelchair rugby team's home.

"We're the team behind the team and we are proud of what we do. Right now, it is all about supporting team USA," Hilborn said.

Among the athletes with Alabama ties:

U.S.A. Women's Wheelchair Basketball: Desiree Miller (University of Alabama), MacKenzie Soldan (University of Alabama), Abby Dunkin (Florence)
U.S.A. Men's Wheelchair Basketball: Brian Bell (Birmingham), Jared Arambula (University of Alabama), Rob Taylor (Auburn University)
U.S.A. Women's Goalball: Jen Armbruster (Birmingham), Asya Miller (Birmingham)
Cycling: Jennifer Schuble (Homewood)
Track and Field: Emily Frederick (Hokes Bluff)
Track and Field: Kerri Morgan (Lakeshore Foundation)

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