Locker room: Logan Shaw
Captain, Tulsa Jammers junior wheelchair basketball team
Logan Shaw’s standout playing for the Tulsa Jammers junior wheelchair basketball team helped him earn a spot on the University of Texas at Arlington’s Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team.
When Logan Shaw began playing wheelchair basketball as a young teenager, it was simply something to keep him busy. But the one-time hobby has become much bigger for the now-18-year-old.
When Shaw was 14, he was involved in a go-cart accident that left him paralyzed. He spent several months in the hospital, including three months at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago, where he underwent rehabilitation. After the accident, he was introduced to The Center for Individuals With Physical Challenges and the Tulsa Jammers, the organization’s junior wheelchair basketball team.
Since he started playing basketball, this lifelong athlete’s athletic accomplishments have continued to grow. Shaw was named to the Southwestern Conference of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association junior division second team in 2010 and 2011 and the following year was named to the first team. At a regional conference at the University of Texas at Arlington, he was named to the all-tournament second team twice as well as the national academic second team twice.
This fall, Shaw, who graduated from Collinsville High School, will take his talents to UT Arlington, where he will play wheelchair basketball on a full athletic and academic scholarship.
Why did you begin playing wheelchair basketball?
I was always competitive in sports, and they have always provided that teamwork I so crave. It then turned into something I would like to do in college and gave me something to live for, instead of just being a hobby.
What’s your favorite part about it?
The teamwork and the sportsmanship. The teamwork helps everyone better themselves on the court and off the court. You learn those valuable communication skills you need on the court as well as for the rest of your life. Also, the sportsmanship in wheelchair basketball is at a whole different level than I have ever experienced in able-body sports. … Your enemy on the court is your best friend off the court.
How has playing with the Jammers benefited you?
Playing with the Jammers has benefited my life at home as well as in public and at school. It has made me much more fun to be around at home because I appreciate how far I’ve come. It has also helped me mature in ways I may not have been able to otherwise. In public I am much more confident about myself and never think about my injury like I used to after my accident. Also, at school it has helped me stay focused on my schooling. Instead of thinking about things that come with my chair, I now don’t worry about them and have been able to keep my grades up through school.
What is your outlook for your college basketball career?
I plan to play a full five years. That is my eligibility on my scholarship. I also plan on using this opportunity as a path to achieve my dream of playing in the Paralympics.
Have you had experiences with other wheelchair sports?
I have played wheelchair tennis; ice hockey; golf; sailing; scuba diving, which I am certified in; softball; tree climbing; (and) track and field, (for) which I received a gold in javelin and discus and a silver in shot put at the national level.
What else do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy drawing. It is one of my little hobbies that I can do to escape for a few hours. I also enjoy fishing, anything I use my hands for, and doing anything outdoors. I also can’t forget hanging out with my friends and family.
What are your goals for your future?
My goals for my future involve doing something in business. I believe business is an international language that involves no translation. It is a way to reach out to people and make friends worldwide. I’m also contemplating doing a little something in chemistry. Shoot — maybe both.
What’s a piece of advice you would like to share?
Everyone needs to go out there and take life as it comes and change it into something you want. It won’t wait idly by and come to you. Make it what you want or life will just pass you by.