Tulare Union senior David Moreno wants to race for the Redskins track team despite being paralyzed from the waist down after a traffic accident this past September.
To help him compete, the Tulare Union Associated Student Body is raising money to buy him a racing wheelchair.
The wheelchair takes six weeks to build and costs $3,200. It will be custom built by Invacare to fit Moreno's dimensions, specific injury and abilities.
"They designed the chair to be the perfect position for him as that type of athlete," Tulare Union track coach Dave Schlick said. "It's top of the line. It takes six weeks to order so we want to get it ordered immediately."
Moreno will race against able-bodied athletes in his first full season with the Tulare Union track team. He plans to compete in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter relay races in addition to shot put. His current wheelchair is not designed for racing, but he is still able to use it during competition. The new wheelchair, which features two angled main wheels with a third wheel out front attached to an extension bar, will allow him to pump his arms faster while positioning him lower to the ground with his feet underneath him.
Moreno plans to use the racing wheelchair in other competitions after he graduates from Tulare Union. His goal is to compete in the Paralympics.