Wildcats hosting wheelchair basketball tournament
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics program is hosting a two-day wheelchair basketball tournament featuring several Paralympians from the university.
On Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26, the Wildcats will take on seven other university programs from around the country.
Games will be played throughout both days in the south gym of University of Arizona’s Recreation Center.
Admission is free.
The program is also celebrating a gift and dedication of the Cody Schechter Gym and Locker Room for Adaptive Athletics from UA alumnus and Phoenix businessman, Eric Schechter, who became involved with Special Olympics and Adaptive Athletics because of his special needs son, Cody.
The gift has provided for an extensive renovation for Adaptive Athletics space in the Campus Recreation Center and secured dedicated practice time and space for adaptive athletes.
UA Adaptive Athletics is the most comprehensive wheelchair sports program in the United States, with 44 athletes representing the USA in the Paralympics and numerous collegiate championship titles. It offers six competitive adaptive sports teams, and graduates student-athletes each year.
“Our program is designed to push our student-athletes to greater heights both academically and athletically. The university’s commitment to this goal is unparalleled and our staff and students are honored to be the leaders in adaptive sport,” Athletic Director for Adaptive Athletics Pete Hughes said.
UA’s men’s wheelchair basketball team has been competing since 1974 and is currently a member of the Championship Division. It competes in an average 30 games per season and travels nationally and internationally. The team roster includes one Paralympian and is led by head coach Mike Beardsley. The women’s wheelchair basketball team has won NWBA Championships in 2012 and 2014. Its coaching staff includes two Paralympians.
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