Erica Wilson has always been athletic. For the first 12 years of her life, she danced and played various other sports like basketball. Then, one day, the 12-year-old felt a sharp pain in her calf while playing basketball and lost the ability to walk forever.
At 12 years old, Erica Wilson was now wheelchair-bound after being diagnosed with transverse myelitis, which is a neurological condition where the spinal cord is inflamed. This inflammation reduces the nervous system’s ability to send electrical signals through your body and, in Erica’s case, causes you to be unable to walk.
She was devastated, but still a winner and certainly not a quitter. When she was introduced to the sport of wheelchair basketball, there was simply no stopping Erica. Although most of the other kids had been in wheelchairs much longer than her and were better able to move with one, she didn’t give up.
For the first season, she had to improve both her wheelchair skills and her basketball skills. She spent most of it riding the bench, but this only made her more determined to kill it. During practice and in her free time, she worked her butt off to become the best wheelchair basketball player she could be.
By the end of the season, Erica had improved so much that she got to start in the championship game. Of course her team won, even though the odds were stacked against them as the underdogs. This wasn’t new to Erica and she helped her team win!
In the future, Erica Wilson would like to play wheelchair basketball at a collegiate level and then eventually globally. Once she’s done playing herself, she wants to coach. Nothing will stop her.