Wheelchair Basketball Week to be held Sept. 25 – Oct. 1
Events across the country will help enhance awareness, increase participation and support wheelchair basketball programs in Canada
(OTTAWA, ONT.) – Wheelchair Basketball Canada will host the second annual Wheelchair Basketball Week from September 25-October 1, 2023. In partnership with our Provincial Sport Organizations and club programs, Wheelchair Basketball Week will include events nationwide.
The week of initiatives includes an event in Ottawa at the RA Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 27, for House of Sport NSOs and members of the sport community to try wheelchair basketball. The event, presented in partnership with Ottawa Tourism and the RA Centre, will take place from 3-5 pm. On Thursday, Sept. 28, WBC will host Hoopfest, presented by Toyota Canada, from noon to 5 pm at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Hoopfest is WBC’s signature fundraising event. In Regina, the Paratroopers will host a kickoff tournament on Saturday, Sept. 30.
“We look forward to working with our provincial partners and club programs on the second annual Wheelchair Basketball Week,” said Wendy Gittens, Wheelchair Basketball Canada Executive Director. “The goal of the annual event is to unite the wheelchair basketball community across Canada to raise awareness, increase participation, and celebrate our sport as we prepare to host the 2026 IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships.”
What: 2023 Wheelchair Basketball Week
- Week-long initiative to drive participation and recruitment in wheelchair basketball nationwide.
Who: Provincial Sport Organizations and club programs from across Canada
When: Monday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023
Organizations can sign up here to participate in the week. All registered organizations will receive free WBC merch and be entered to win a WBC prize pack.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WBWeek23.
About Wheelchair Basketball Week
The goal of Wheelchair Basketball Week is to build awareness for grassroots wheelchair basketball programs, engage our audience and kickstart the upcoming season. In 2022, 30 organizations participated, and over 500 people engaged in wheelchair basketball activities during the week. Wheelchair Basketball Week is supported by Akran Marketing, Goodlife Fitness, Molten and Hollister.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to excellence in developing, supporting, and promoting wheelchair basketball programs and services from grassroots to high performance for all Canadians. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem worldwide for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last seven Paralympic Games. For more information, please visit wheelchairbasketball.ca.
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For more information, please contact:
Communications & Digital Media Manager
Wheelchair Basketball Canada