CHARLOTTE -- Wheelchair basketball is a game of skill, contact and speed.
Mike Godsey is a coach for the Rollin’ Hornets. He started the league.
- The Charlotte Rollin' Hornets is a wheelchair basketball team led by Mike Godsey.
- The league has reached new heights under Godsey.
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His son suffers with cerebral palsy. When he was young he wanted the chance to play sports but the options were limited. Around a decade ago, Godsey helped start the Buzzer Beaters.
Today, the league has a new name which is the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets.
While not all of the players are wheelchair bound, the wheels are necessary.
The league is volunteer-run and while Godsey’s day job is in finance, a lot of his time is spent along the sideline.
“I do stuff related to it every day of the week,” Godsey said.
Godsey isn't a stranger to basketball. He was a student manager in college. Today, he's a coach and his players are happy for that.
“He's always been a role model. I've always looked up to him,” said 13-year-old Rollin’ Hornets player Preston Howell.
But Godsey is quick to remember his time spent on the court is all relative.
“My life isn't that tough when I compare it some of the kids in our programs,” Godsey said. “I could put myself in any of these players, and they do a whole lot more dawn to dusk than I do.”
Godsey has brought them to new heights. This month, one of his teams won the national championship. It’s a dream never within reach if everyday hero Mike Godsey never stepped up.
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