DETROIT (WWJ) – For each of the past 10 years, the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s wheelchair basketball team has helped raise money to support RIM’s wheelchair sports programs.

This year, the team is getting support from Detroit Lions’ Defensive Tackle Ndomukong Suh, who said he hopes his participation will inspire others.

“I think one of the biggest things for people is that actions speak louder than words,” said Suh. “Me getting involved and being a part of it, showing up to the game and not just having my name on it … participating in it means more than just me saying here’s my name,” he said.

suh with team Suh Lends Support To Wheelchair Sports Program
Suh is seen with some of the team (WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)

“It’s a great opportunity to give back. I think it’s something that God had planned for me and I just wanna keep on doing it,” Suh said.

Detroit Diehards’ coach Mo Phillips jr., an amputee since childhood, is very pleased. The last big-named athlete to champion the team’s cause was a pro-basketballer.

“It was Stackhouse who played for the Pistons. He gave his name to this several years ago. But, once he was traded, unfortunately, we had to drop it. But now, hopefully, this young man will continue the tradition to where we can have him sponsor this year after year,” said Phillips.

The Detroit Diehards take-on a team of local celebrities at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Oakland University.

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