24 Hour Wheelchair Basketball Game Begins Tomorrow

Toronto, ON – ParaSport Ontario along with the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association are gearing up for a 24 hour wheelchair basketball game which gets underway tomorrow at noon at Harbourfront Community Centre.  At the end of the 24 hours, Wheelchair Basketball Canada will recognize the game as the longest game played on Canadian soil.

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.

“On behalf of Wheelchair Basketball Canada, we wish participants all the best during their twenty-four hours of competition,” said Wendy Gittens, Executive Director of Wheelchair Basketball Canada.  “I hope that this is the start of some friendly competition between provinces to own this record and will serve to raise awareness of our sport leading up to the 2012 Paralympics in London.”

Thirty participants, with various skill levels (from people who have never played wheelchair basketball to players on the provincial and national teams), will work together to set the record.

Designed to raise funds for ParaSport Ontario and Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association, proceeds from the event will be used to fund first contact programs such as Ready, Willing and Able and Bridging the Gap, purchase adaptive equipment, develop new ParaSport clubs and Accessible Sport Councils and support athletes participating in the Ontario ParaSport Summer and Winter Games.

“For our first Play24 event, we are thrilled with the enthusiasm of the participants and the support received by all who have donated to this event said ParaSport Ontario Executive Director, Cathy Vincelli.  “We are looking forward to an exciting 24 hours of record setting wheelchair basketball, ParaSport demos, surprise participant competitions, loads of prize giveaways and more.”

The event is open to the public and 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 sports including Sledge Hockey, Boccia, Wheelchair Curling and Goalball.

Come on out for a fun 24 hours of wheelchair basketball from Friday at noon to Saturday at noon.

For more information about the Play24 event, please visit www.parasportontario.ca or contact Matt Rhodes, Games/Communications Manager at 519.872.8184.