Amputee Basketball Team AMP1 Heads to Cleveland for Games, Presentations

April 08, 2013

Inspiring Team to Demonstrate How State-of-the-Art Technology Enables Athletic Lives. 

AMP1, a team of stand-up (non-wheelchair) amputee basketball players sponsored by Freedom Innovations, an Irvine, California based manufacturer of advanced technology prosthetic devices, are heading to Cleveland for some inspiring hoops and a national message of hope to the victims of the recent events in Boston.

With the help of high-tech prosthetics, the AMP1 players have overcome lower limb amputations (due to traumatic accidents, birth defects and cancer) to go on and play able-bodied, non-amputee teams — and often win! AMP1 launched its first national tour in 2011, with stops in cities across the country, sold out games and a growing fan base. With reports of many victims of the recent bombings in Boston requiring lower limb amputations, AMP1’s message is one of optimism and hope for those who have recently lost a limb.

After a series of inspirational presentations and demonstrations at local area schools, the AMP1 team will be playing two exhibition games. The first game, to be played at Baldwin Wallace University on Wednesday, April 24 at 7 pm will find AMP 1 squaring off against an NCAA D3 team.

On Thursday, April 25 at 7 pm, AMP1 will play the second in their back-to-back at Wooster College, where they will meet a team of college alumni — Wooster’s Fighting Scots, who hold the best winning percentage of any NCAA team in the last ten years.

This visit marks the team’s first appearance in the Cleveland area, and was coordinated by Leimkuehler, Inc. (www.leimkuehlerinc.com), a Cleveland-headquartered prosthetic and orthotic leader, and Youth Challenge (www.youthchallengesports.com), a sports and recreation organization designed for children with physical disabilities.

AMP1 players all wear the Renegade® prosthetic foot, designed by Freedom Innovations especially for highly active amputees. It features carbon-fiber Z-Shock Technology, which stores and returns energy and provides the shock absorption that is critical for high impact activities such as basketball. Two of the players also utilize Freedom’s Plié® 2.0 MPC Knee, which combines cutting-edge microprocessor and hydraulic technologies to facilitate the responsive movements and stability required in the sport.

About Freedom Innovations
Freedom Innovations, LLC designs, manufactures, and markets advanced technology lower extremity prosthetic devices that provide people with physical challenges the ability to reach their full potential. Based in Irvine, CA, Freedom’s lower extremity prosthetics are distributed around the world. 

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