The Wheel Thing

Despite brittle bones, Andrew Reid is taking the Komets to the top.

By G.W. Miller III
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Keepin' it wheel: Reid is "a born point guard," says his coach. (photo by G.W. Miller III)

Andrew Reid wants the ball.

He glides down the side of the court, quickly coming to a stop near the baseline. He pivots toward the lane and waves his strong, calloused hands at his teammates.

"I'm wide open!" he bellows, scrunching his lips as he watches one of his teammates shoot the ball.

As the ball clanks off the rim, Reid spins, rolls down court, weaves in front of his frustrated opponent, and barks steadily.

"Turn, turn, turn!" he urges. "Defense!"

When one of his teammates on the Temple Rolling Owls wheelchair basketball team snags a loose ball, Reid, 15, flies back toward his basket, cuts to the corner and screams, "Kick it out!"

He catches a bounce pass, pokes his tongue out the right side of his mouth and drives toward the hoop. It doesn't matter to him that he's barely 4 feet tall and only 110 pounds. Reid dribbles into a crowd of older, beefier players from the Delaware Destroyers and launches a shot.

It doesn't drop but it doesn't really matter. His team is easily crushing their opponent.

And besides, Reid isn't even supposed to be here right now.


A sophomore at West Philadelphia's School of the Future, Reid is one of the star players on Katie's Komets, the only competitive, junior-level wheelchair basketball team in Pennsylvania. In March, the Komets will play in their fifth straight National Wheelchair Basketball championship tournament.

The team, which practices every Saturday at the Carousel House on Belmont Avenue, is open to teens with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, cancer or any other physical or developmental challenges.

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1. Micki said... on Feb 25, 2009 at 08:22PM

“Saint Joe Kirlin - sounds good but Joe would only turn the attention back to Katie's Komets, past and present. All of you make him proud to be part of your journey. ”

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2. unknown said... on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:23PM

“go drew.. i love you no i really do”

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3. said... on Mar 21, 2009 at 12:44PM

“yeah drew that my mans go to the same school”

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4. A.Reid said... on Aug 17, 2009 at 09:44AM

“Sick Article. Thanks, Philadelphia weekly and the Katies Komets. Saint Joe Kirlin is an understatement”

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