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Miami-Dade County Parks' top ranked NWBA Miami Heat Wheels to host first-time Division 1 invitational wheelchair basketball tournament

MIAMI (January 03, 2017)

The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and the Leisure Access Foundation will join the City of Miami Springs Parks and Recreation Department in presenting the “Miami Heat Wheels’ Division 1 Invitational Tournament,” January 21 and 22, 2017, at the Miami Springs Recreation Center, located at 1401 Westward Drive, Miami Springs. The wheelchair basketball tournament is sanctioned by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). Tournament play will begin at 10 a.m., each day. Admission is free.

Competing in this tournament is Miami-Dade County Parks’ own Miami Heat Wheels adult wheelchair basketball team, who in 2015 scored their first-ever NWBA National Championship-win. This will be the first year that the team will compete in the Division 1 level.

Fans can re-live those memorable moments at the Center’s free screening of the award-winning Miami Heat Wheels documentary “The Rebound” at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 20th and are encouraged to come out and support their local wheelchair basketball team and meet players after the games.

Tournament competitors will include the Ft. Lauderdale Sharks, Charlottesville Cardinals, Houston’s TIRR Hot Wheels, Medstar National Rehab Hospital Punisher, and Tampa Bay Strong Dogs. For a tournament schedule, visit the Miami Heat Wheels website and on Facebook.

For more information on this event, the public can contact Diana Bonet, Miami-Dade County Parks Disability Services at 305-752-4966 or dbonet@miamidade.gov.

The Miami Heat Wheels team will leverage this tournament to prepare for travel to Louisville, Kentucky, March 29-April 2, 2017, where it will compete in the NWBA Championships.

About the Miami Heat Wheels Team
Miami-Dade County Parks Disability Services has been running the Miami Heat Wheels wheelchair basketball program since 1998. Competing at the Division I level in the Florida Wheelchair Basketball Conference, the adult wheelchair basketball team competes in local and regional competitions associated with the NWBA. The team’s season runs from September through March and culminates with the NWBA National Championships in April each year. The team is supported by the Leisure Access Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit agency that supports Miami-Dade Parks Disability programs. The foundation provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in quality leisure programs, both recreational and competitive. The foundation’s goal is to provide organized sporting programs for people with disabilities, funds for adaptive equipment, and to partner with other organizations to increase recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.