Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 PM ET
Hosted by Patrick Sauer and David J. Roth
Featuring David Davis, author of Wheels of Courage: How Paralyzed Veterans from World War II Invented Wheelchair Sports, Fought for Disability Rights, and Inspired a Nation
Created and hosted by writers Patrick Sauer and David J. Roth, Squawkin’ Sports is an ongoing series featuring book chats with grown-up authors writing about grown-ups playing kiddie games. For this installment, Sauer and Roth chat with award-winning journalist David Davis on his new book, Wheels of Courage. Davis reveals the inspiring story of the world's first wheelchair athletes: U.S. soldiers, sailors, and Marines who were paralyzed on the battlefield during World War II. They organized the first-ever wheelchair basketball teams within V.A. hospitals after the war, which quickly spread across the nation and changed the perception and treatment of disabled people. Wheels of Courage follows the lives of three of these vets, describing their time in the military, their injuries, their recovery, and their role in creating wheelchair basketball. For the disabled, for sports fans, for veterans, for history buffs—this is a narrative of hope, perseverance, and acceptance.