For the last handful of years, Larry Evans takes time out of his world to educate the next wave of Physical Therapists in the dynamics of wheelchairs. He spends two hours in a classroom, then takes those students to work on the basketball court.
Evans works as the West Texas Regional Mgr. for Travis Medical, and lost his left arm and right leg in a work-related accident. He was a line-man for an electric company in San Angelo.
"Got in a hurry and made a mistake, and got 72-hundred volts of electricity in my left arm, came out my right leg," Evans explained.
He fell from the poll he was working on, and when he landed, doctors told him that's what likely restarted his heart.
Evans hopes the Physical Therapy students he interacts with can take something extra with them when they begin their careers.
"The experience of being able to touch, and feel the equipment. And use the equipment, see how it really works, I think is a great experience for them."
On Friday, Hardin-Simmons DPT class of 2013 joined Evans and the San Angelo Tumble-Weeds wheelchair basketball team at Holy Family Catholic Church for a lesson in wheelchair hoops. To Evans, the two hours in a classroom is only the beginning.
"Then the fun part, we come out and play wheelchair basketball," Evans said.
Obviously, its not a setting this group of 20+ students is used to, but they enjoyed the opportunity to watch this group of handicapped athletes race circles around them.
"It's a lot harder than it looks," said John Weldon, a first-year DPT student at HSU. "We were out there for five minutes and I'm already exhausted."
Dr. Jacob Brewer, a professor in HSU's Physical Therapy program says its a great way for his students to see how handicapped people can stay fit, and live an active lifestyle.
"There's a high propensity for weight-gain, cardiovascular de-conditioning. Propelling your arms (upper extremities) really gets the heart pumping," said Brewer.
"If you don't do it consistently, a lot of times it's 5-7 years they're in a wheelchair, they really start gaining weight if they don't maintain some type of activity like the wheelchair basketball."
When Evans spoke with KTXS, he said others see him as inspiration and motivation, but believes where there's a will, there's a way.
"I think it just wasn't my time. There were things that I still needed to do, and I've been doing them. I'm 66 years-old, and still doing the best with what I got."