A Saskatoon wheelchair sports league is set to return to action after a near-devastating theft.
The 2017 season was in doubt for the NRG Wheelchair Basketball Club after a trailer containing 34 specialized wheelchairs was stolen over the weekend of July 28-30.
The value of the stolen items topped $250,000, leaving the future up in the air for the club, which includes kids from ages 6 to 16.
The team turned to the GoFundMe crowdfunding site in the wake of the theft, unsure what insurance would pay for.
Saskatchewan Wheelchair Sport Association executive director Andrea Muir said Wednesday that their insurance company has informed them that all items in the trailer will be covered.
“A few years ago, our board of directors decided to purchase extra insurance. We were super lucky,” she said.
With an insurance cheque on the way, Muir said the association expects to have new wheelchairs by late October, with the wheelchair basketball season to pick up sometime in November.
— With files from Chris Carr