Toronto, ON – ParaSport Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association, has announced they will try to set a Canadian record for the longest wheelchair basketball game by playing for 24 consecutive hours. The event will take place at the Harbourfront Community Centre in Toronto starting Friday August 27th at noon.
The event is open to a maximum of eighty participants and previous wheelchair basketball experience is not required. The game will be played on the outdoor court located at the corner of Bathurst St and Queens Quay until darkness sets in. The game will then move indoors for the evening, with the record being set at noon on Saturday August 28th.
“This is an exciting new initiative for ParaSport Ontario and its partners,” said Cathy Vincelli, Executive Director of ParaSport Ontario. “We hope to grow Play24 to encompass different sports and help to raise funds for all our Multi-sport and Provincial Sport Organizations in the upcoming years.”
Participants will be required to raise a minimum of $500 to be eligible to participate, with proceeds going to ParaSport Ontario and Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association. Specifically, proceeds will be used to run Ready Willing and Able and Bridging the Gap sessions, purchase adaptive equipment, develop new ParaSport clubs and Accessible Sport Councils and support athletes participating in the Ontario ParaSport Summer and Winter Games.
ParaSport Ontario’s Ready Willing and Able Program will also be on had to give the public at large an opportunity to come out and try their hand a many different ParaSports including Sledge Hockey, Boccia, Wheelchair Tennis and Goalball.
For more information about the Play24 event, please visit www.parasportontario.ca or contact Matt Rhodes, Games/Communications Manager at 416.426.7030.