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Disabled Ohio Vet Returns To His Favorite Sport

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An Ohio soldier injured in Afghanistan has a new mission. From Washington, Patrick Terpstra introduces us to Army Sergeant Matthew White, who's hoping to bring an amputee basketball league to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm

A year ago… the young army sergeant from Columbus could not imagine ever playing basketball again. Doctors had just amputated much of his left leg.

WHITE: "Just on a foot patrol. We finished a census in one of the towns, we were walking back, I was one of the last men on patrol, I jumped the wall and stepped on an i-e-d."

Matthew White is undergoing therapy at Walter Reed in Washington, adapting to life with a prosthetic leg. He's even able to return to his favorite activity… playing basketball standing up, though no longer on his own two feet.

WHITE: "It's more acceptance before anything and once you accept it I don't think it changes anything you do. I think that was the biggest key for me, accepting it and moving on from there."

On this day, White is at a gym in Walter Reed playing basketball with a group of amputees from a Texas stand-up basketball league. Scott Odom is the founder of the team called Amp-1.

ODOM: "This means everything to me to provide something new, these guys have been telling me they've been trying to get standup basketball in here for a long time."

The next challenge for these amputees? Getting Walter Reed to officially form a team.

For 90-point-3, I'm Patrick Terpstra, Capitol News Connection in Washington.

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