Tyler teen receives new wheelchair for basketball with community donations

Teen paralyzed from an auto accident receives a wheelchair designed for playing basketball

TYLER - Every 19-year-old dreams of a new set of wheels, but Austin Griffin's idea is a little different. CBS 19 first shared his story in April.
 
"When I was on my way to work at about 3 in the morning, I ended up falling asleep behind the wheel," Griffin said.
 
The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Still, he is still determined to play professional basketball.
 
With the help of the East Texas community and Access 2 Mobility, Griffin was presented a brand new wheelchair tonight at the Tyler Thorns scrimmage at the First Christian Church.
 
The new ride cost $4,500 - an expense his family simply couldn't afford.
  
"I feel excited. It makes me feel good. This is what it's all about," said Susan Harris with Access 2 Mobility. "He touched my heart. His whole family did."
 
His teammates vouched for Austin's skill at the scrimmage.
 
"When I came out here for the first time, it took me two or three months to really find my shot and start making layups," Dylan Bright said. "He showed up and he was draining them, making it look easy."
 
His parents and grandparents watched from the sidelines as Griffin took his new ride up and down the court. They said they couldn't be more proud.
 

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