(Toronto, Ont.) Sunrise Medical Canada Inc. raised $25,000 in support of Wheelchair Basketball Canada at its annual volleyball tournament on Saturday in Toronto, Ont.
The money raised at the Smash Serve and Volley Beach Volleyball Tournament will support the new Wheelchair Basketball Canada Schools Program, which is designed to educate teachers and students about the sport and encourage youth, with or without a disability, to be physically active. The program allows a demonstration team to visit local schools and gives students the opportunity to try the sport alongside athlete role models in their community.
“On behalf of Wheelchair Basketball Canada, we extend our many thanks to the Sunrise Medical team for their tremendous support and their ongoing commitment to excellence,” said Wheelchair Basketball Canada Executive Director Wendy Gittens. “We were thrilled to be a part of this great event and the funds raised will go a long way in helping us reach our goals with the Schools Program, and ultimately encourage students of all abilities to embrace the power of sport through wheelchair basketball.”
“We extend our many thanks to the Sunrise Medical team for their tremendous support and their ongoing commitment to excellence”
The Schools Program is made possible through the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and is a legacy initiative of the largest women’s world championship in history. The 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship will take place June 20-28 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto where Team Canada will pursue a record-setting seventh consecutive podium finish.
Sunrise Medical, a world leader in the development, design, and manufacturing of sport wheelchairs, including their popular Quickie brand, is the official equipment supplier of Wheelchair Basketball Canada and the 2014 Women’s World Championship. As part of the new three-year partnership agreement, they have also provided 22 sport wheelchairs to the Schools Program.
About the School’s Program
Armed with sport wheelchairs, a demo team will visit 80-100 schools in the GTA giving students a chance to try wheelchair basketball and connect with local athletes/role models in an interactive, inclusive, and informative way. Participating schools can “gear up” for the 2014 WWWBC by taking the initiative to learn about the customs and culture of one of the 12 participating countries with added opportunity to attend the event and show their support.
About Sunrise Medical
Sunrise Medical is a world leader in the development, design, manufacturing and marketing of manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and both standard and customized seating and positioning systems. Their well-known Quickie brand sport chairs have propelled many of the top wheelchair basketball players in the world to the top of the podium. Sunrise Medical is proud to help the many Canadians who are living without limits. For more information, visit www.sunrisemedical.ca.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last six Paralympic Games.