The University of Michigan is poised to initiate a top-flight adaptive sports program with an initial focus on wheelchair basketball. The goal: Lead our state and nation by embracing diversity and providing new opportunities to student-athletes with disabilities. To that end, a series of drop-in wheelchair basketball games have been scheduled, beginning December 2.
Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of family medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation, is leading the effort and knows firsthand the benefits of adaptive sports. A former academic All-American athlete himself, he graduated from U-M Medical School in 2011 before acquiring a spinal cord injury in 2013. He knows the feeling of being able to proudly represent your institution both in and out of the classroom, and now draws on his own experience to inform his work with patients and students in his efforts to reduce health disparities for individuals with physical hurdles.