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Columbia, SC (WTLX) - The Richland County Sheriff's Department and the Columbia Fire Department dropped their boots and badges for two wheels and a basketball all to raise money for a good cause.

"We don't have the equipment, that's another reason why we need to get some resources together to make sure that we have equipment for each player to have," said Andrew Scott with the Richland County Recreation Commission.

Scott says the number of youth that have special needs is growing in Richland County and that has inspired him to start a wheel chair basketball league.

"What we have discovered is that many people would get involved they are just not aware."

So the Richland County Deputies and Columbia Firefighters traded in their boots and badges for two wheels and a basketball to raise money.

"Just to come together for a worthy cause makes it better, because at the end of the day there are no winners or losers because we are all winners," said Chief Aubrey Jenkins.

"If you get good with your wheelchair you will be ok, it's all about the wheelchair," said Ashley Stroman.

Those words are easy for Stroman who has played wheelchair basketball for about 5 years, but it appeared a little difficult for the deputies and firefighters.

Stroman says it makes her feel good to see them bring awareness to a need in the county.

"Because you are in a chair you can't do anything but yes we can, we just need the sponsors around us to help us."

With a few laughs watching deputies and fire fighters struggle to make it down the court... Chief Jenkins turned in his coaching hand for a chair, and even scored a few baskets.

"It has given me a brand new awareness about what the folks go through and I only got a little bit of it but I know for those with disabilities this is every day for them and it is serious. Everything that we can do for them we need to do to help," said Jenkins.

In the end, the Richland County Sherriff's Department won by two points in overtime.
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