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Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services presents the 2018 Wheelchair Basketball Invitational Competition brings teams from around the world two-days of play!

MIAMI (January 16, 2018)

Miami-Dade County Parks’ own Miami Heat Wheels adult wheelchair basketball team will be hosting the 2018 Miami Heat Wheels’ Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, January 20 and 21, at the Miami Springs Recreational Center, located at 1401 Westward Drive, Miami Springs. The tournament is presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and the Leisure Access Foundation in partnership with the City of Miami Springs Parks and Recreation Department, and sanctioned by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA).

This will be the second year that the team competes in the Division 1 level. Tournament tip off begins at 9 a.m. each day, and games begin at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

Tournament competitors from around the globe include the Fort Lauderdale Sharks, Los Rancho Renegades, Miami Heat Wheels, Nigeria National Wheelchair Basketball Team, Tampa Bay Strong Dogs, and Toronto Rollin Raptors. Fans are encouraged to come out and support their local wheelchair basketball team and meet players after the games.

Miami Heat Wheels won their first-ever NWBA National Championship in the Division 3 level in 2015. The team’s quest for a Championship title and the personal journeys of its players were featured in the award-winning documentary “The Rebound.” To host a screening of the film, go to http://www.reboundthefilm.com/screenings/

For more information on the 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 later move on to compete in the NWBA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky on April 12-15, 2018.

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.