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Amputees to Show off Stand-Up Basketball Skills in Dallas Mavericks Halftime Show Jan. 6
Date:1/5/2011

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Amp1, a team of stand-up (not wheelchair) amputee basketball players will kick off a tour of the Dallas-Fort Worth area with an exhibition during the halftime show at the Dallas Mavericks/Oklahoma City Thunder game on Jan. 6th at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

The Amp1 team of stand-up basketball players will demonstrate how, with the help of modern high-tech prosthetics from Freedom Innovations, sheer determination and their love of the sport, they have overcome lower limb amputations.  

The exhibition is part of a four-day tour of the Dallas-Fort Worth area where Amp1 players, including co-founder Scott Odom, will speak to local schools and play a charity game against able-bodied players benefitting the P.L.A.Y. Foundation, a financial resource for amputees who want to excel in the arts, education or sports.

Odom, who has been an amputee since he was 14, is also introducing his new book, Stand Up: I Lost My Leg to Cancer, Not My Dream, which he wrote to inspire other amputees to put adversity behind them and follow their dreams – that they can overcome whatever challenges they face in life.    

Odom and his Amp1 teammates all wear the Renegade prosthetic foot, designed by Freedom Innovations especially for highly active amputees. It features Freedom's patented all carbon fiber Z-Shock Technology, providing a smooth and normal gait for running, jumping or just walking. One of the players also utilizes the Plie 2.0 MPC Knee, which combines cutting-edge microprocessor and hydraulic technologies to provide the responsive movements and stability required in basketball.

The Texas tour, highlighted by the Mavericks exhibition on Thursday, will begin on Wednesday with appearances at Shelton Middle School and, on Friday, at the A.M. Pate Elementary School including a surprise visit to a fourth-grade amputee. Events will conclude on Saturday with the
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