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Wheelchair basketball tournament taking place in Henderson

Posted at 6:04 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 21:04:40-05

HENDERSON (KTNV) — The National Wheelchair Basketball Association's "Shoot Your Heart Out" tournament is taking place this week on Friday and Saturday at Henderson's Valley View Recreation Center.

The tournament is expected to draw teams from around the country with a 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday schedule along with 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. playing time on Saturday.

The event is open and free to the public. It consists of four teams representing the University of Arizona - Tuscan, University of Nebraska - Omaha, Utah Wheelin' Jazz, and Ability 360 Phoenix Wheelchair Suns - competing in the regional tournament.

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is the longest-standing and largest disabled sports organization in the world. It was founded in 1948 to provide individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to learn and play wheelchair basketball.

"The City of Henderson would like to bring wheelchair basketball opportunities to its residents," said Shari Ferguson, director of Parks and Recreation. "Adapted sports and recreation can assist someone with a disability to be physically active and improve their fitness. Participation also helps in developing stronger self-esteem, a personal sense of worth, and alleviates depression and anxiety."

Those interested in participating in adaptive sports in Henderson can contact Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services at 702-267-4065.