One Month to Go Until 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Toronto

(Toronto, Ont.) Today we are exactly one month away from the start of the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in downtown Toronto.

With each passing day the Organizing Committee avidly awaits the opportunity to welcome the top female wheelchair basketball players in the world, as well as coaches, delegates, technical officials, volunteers, partners, and spectators, to the Mattamy Athletic Centre from June 20-28, 2014.

The Organizing Committee is hard at work making the final arrangements for the major International Wheelchair Basketball Federation event.

We are thrilled to report that tickets for the Opening Ceremony and Team Canada’s first game against Japan on June 20, 2014 are almost sold out! Once again, we invite you to be part of the action as tickets to all 44 games are available for purchase online. Tournament passes, day passes, individual session tickets and group tickets are all available to suit your needs.

With 12 competing teams, this milestone event marks the largest women’s world championship in the history of the sport. To ensure this world-class event is a resounding success, we encourage interested individuals to get involved as a member of our volunteer team. You can find out more about becoming a volunteer by visiting the official event website.

As the countdown continues, we’ve also made great strides with our legacy initiatives, particularly with regard to our Schools Program. We are extremely proud to announce that since launching earlier this year, the Schools Program will reach 100 elementary, middle, and high schools in the Greater Toronto Area, surpassing our original goal of reaching 80 schools. By the time the basketball is thrown for opening tip-off at the world championship in June, more than 21,000 students will have participated in the Schools Program and experienced the thrill of wheelchair basketball. We continue to receive very positive feedback from schools and students, and we look forward to sharing those stories with you in the near future.

These highlights represent just a small sample of what the Organizing Committee has planned for this international celebration of sport and we thank our partners the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Sunrise Medical and others for their continued support in transforming our vision into reality.

We hope you will join us in Toronto to witness the skill and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball one of the most popular sports for athletes with a disability in the world as we build momentum towards the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

For more information, please visit us online at www.2014wheelchairbasketball.com.

We wish good luck to all of the participating athletes and coaches in their final preparations. See you in June!

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