Toronto, ON – ParaSport Ontario along with the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association kicked off a 24 hour wheelchair basketball game at the Harbourfront Community Centre today at noon. Wheelchair Basketball Canada will recognize the game as the longest game played on Canadian soil on Saturday, August 28th at noon.
Thirty participants got underway at the outdoor court located at the corner of Bathurst St and Queens Quay and will play in the sunshine until darkness falls. The game will then move indoors for the evening and continue in the gym.
“It is great to see support from so many different national team members from different sports such as Tyler Miller (Wheelchair Basketball), Papito Wilson (Athletics), Graeme Murray (Sledge Hockey) , Joel Dembe (Wheelchair Tennis),” said Cathy Vincelli, Executive Director of ParaSport Ontario. “We hope this event becomes a signature event and raises awareness for sports for people with a physical disability.” San Antonio Spur’s Center, Matt Bonner will be on hand at 6:00pm tonight to motivate the teams and lend a hand in attempting to set this record. “I first saw wheelchair basketball before a practice in San Antonio and thought it looked like fun. I look forward to the opportunity of playing today and wish all the athletes the best of luck in reaching their goal of setting a Canadian 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.