MILTON, Ga. – AMP1, the country’s only stand-up (non-wheelchair) amputee basketball team played an exhibition game at Milton High School Nov. 12, inspiring the community with a message of hope for all – disabled or not.
While in town, the team will also participate in a number of scrimmages, assembly appearances and presentations to several area schools such as Chattahoochee High School, Whitlow Elementary and Milton High.
With the help of high-tech prosthetics from sponsor Freedom Innovations, the AMP1 players have overcome lower limb amputations (due to traumatic accidents, birth defects and cancer) to go on and compete against able-bodied, non-amputee teams in action-packed games. AMP1 launched its first national tour in 2011, with stops in cities across the country. AMP1’s message is one of sheer determination and hope for those who have lost a limb, and for anyone facing adversity.
AMP1 players all wear the Renegade prosthetic foot, designed by Freedom Innovations especially for highly active amputees. It features carbon-fiber Z-Shock Technology, which stores and returns energy and provides the shock absorption that is critical for high-impact activities such as basketball. Two of the players also utilize Freedom’s Plié 2.0 MPC Knee, which combines cutting-edge microprocessor and hydraulic technologies to facilitate the responsive movements and stability required in the sport.
Freedom Innovations LLC (www.freedom-innovations.com) designs, manufactures and markets advanced technology lower extremity prosthetic devices that provide people with physical challenges the ability to reach their full potential. Based in Irvine, Calif., Freedom’s lower extremity prosthetics are distributed around the world.