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UConn’s Kevin Ollie opens wheelchair accessible court in Hartford

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HARTFORD — The University of Connecticut men's basketball coach is putting up a basketball net rather than cutting one down.

Kevin Ollie wheelchair courtOn Monday, Kevin Ollie opened a "Kevin's Kourt," a handicapped-accessible basketball court at the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford.

The court features 10 stations with special baskets at all different heights, and they're designed for people in wheelchairs and with other disabilities.

It's the first such court in Hartford and one of several the UConn coach is building across the state.

"This is just the start," Ollie said. "This is a start, anybody who knows me, just like I won the national championship, you want to feel that feeling again. And this is, this takes the place of any national championship that I could ever possibly have."

Ollie first got involved in helping athletes with disabilities as a senior at UConn, when one of his former Husky teammates, Steve Emt, was paralyzed in a car accident.

Ollie was joined Monday by Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and members of a wheelchair basketball team, who hosted a basketball clinic for kids after the ceremony.

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