Roswarski, Dennis ‘push’ off for a good cause

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – It was an epic showdown between rivals and friends for a good cause.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski faced off against West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis in a game of wheelchair basketball Friday evening at the Faith Community Center.

The game was played during halftime of a scrimmage of the Lafayette Spinners Wheelchair Basketball team.

Each team had an appropriate nickname, the Lafayette Marquis, as in the Marquis de Lafayette, and the West Lafayette Roundabouts.

It was intended to bring awareness to the month of March, which is disability awareness month.

“There’s a lot of stuff that Tony and I do together. There’s a few things that we do apart. But the real fun time is when we actually get to compete against one another, for fun and for a good cause,” said Dennis.

“It’s a great evening, a lot of people are here. We’re excited to be a part of it,” said Roswarski. “I practiced a couple Tuesdays ago with them and I started getting the motion down. The hardest part is dribbling. You can’t do more than two pushes without dribbling the basketball.”

There was a lot of bad basketball to be watched. But in the end, the Roundabouts got out to an early lead that they wouldn’t relinquish and put away the Marquis by a score of 9-6.

A much more important number was the more than $1,600 raised to help the Spinners program. Just to put that money in perspective, just one special wheelchair for basketball costs $4,500.

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