TOP NATIONAL TEAMS COMPETE IN MATTHEW SAPOLIN MEMORIAL WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
—Tournament to Take Place October 8–9 at
Poly Prep Country Day in Brooklyn—
New York City (October 4, 2016) — NYC & Company, New York City’s destination marketing organization, today announced the 16th annual Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will take place October 8–9 at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. The annual tournament features the country’s top-ranked teams from the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). For more information, including the tournament schedule, team rosters, results and photos, visit facebook.com/sapolintournament.
“We are pleased to welcome some of the top wheelchair basketball teams from across the United States to compete in the 16th annual Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournment,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “The tournament showcases an incredible field of talent in one of the leading wheelchair basketball tournaments in the country, and I encourage all New Yorkers to come out and support these world-class athletes.”
“The City of New York is committed to providing greater opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in competitive sports programs,” said the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Commissioner Victor Calise. “The Matthew Sapolin Wheelchair Basketball Tournament provides the perfect venue for our city’s top athletes with disabilities to showcase their skills against some of the best teams from around the country.”
The preliminary rounds will take place Saturday, October 8, 9am–7pm, at the Poly Prep Gymnasium (9216 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn). The playoffs will begin Sunday, October 9, at 9am, and will culminate with three championship games starting at 10:30am. Admission is free to all games.
The teams competing include the Brooklyn Nets (Brooklyn, NY), Bulova Nets (Hackensack, NJ), Cleveland Cavaliers (Cleveland, OH), Ft. Lauderdale Sharks (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Lakeshore Lightning (Birmingham, AL), New England Blazers (Malden, MA), NY Rollin’ Knicks (New York, NY) and the Rochester Wheels (Rochester, NY).
The Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament is organized by NYC & Company and supported by NYSID Preferred Source Solutions and the Wheelchair Sports Federation. Formerly known as the NYC Mayor’s Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, the event was renamed in 2012 to honor Commissioner Matthew Sapolin, who led the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities for nearly a decade. Commissioner Sapolin was instrumental in starting the tournament in 2001 and helping transform it into one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country.
Wheelchair basketball is played on a regulation basketball court with the standard 10-foot basketball hoop used in college and professional basketball. Additionally, athletes use wheelchairs specially designed for speed and maneuverability, and the players may push their wheelchairs up to two times before dribbling or passing.
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