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Brooks set to host inaugural wheelchair basketball tournament

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In recognition of the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the City of Brooks will host a Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Dec. 1 at the Cenovus Flex Hall.

Residents are encouraged to participate in a new challenge while fundraising to support people with disabilities.
Register at the Lakeside Leisure Centre by Nov. 23 as only the first eight teams will be accepted. Wheelchairs will be provided.
The event takes place Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be eight teams of five to eight players per team who pay $200 per team to enter.
Prizes are up for grabs including $300 for first, $200 for second and $100 for third. All other proceeds will support local programs for people with disabilities.
“We are excited to host the first annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament and look forward to welcoming the many new participants to wheelchair basketball,” says Beth Landowski, City recreation programmer. “Through this opportunity, we hope to raise awareness of para-sports and for the athletes to inspire individuals with physical disabilities to keep active.”
International Day of Persons with Disability is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992.
The day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to advocate the gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

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