Wheelchair Basketball Canada To Launch Schools Program Ahead Of 2014 Women’s World Championship

(Toronto, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada (WBC) is proud to host the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship (2014WWWBC) June 20-28, 2014 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To ensure this milestone event serves as a legacy for future generations of athletes in Ontario, WBC is launching an official Schools Program on Friday February 28, 2014 at the Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga, Ont.

The Schools Program is designed to educate teachers and students about the sport of wheelchair basketball and encourage youth, with or without a disability, to be physically active. The launch will feature a demonstration game and students will have the opportunity to try the sport for themselves alongside the top up-and-coming players in the country.

Media are invited to attend the launch of the Schools Program to catch a glimpse of some of Canada’s elite National Team program athletes ahead of the 2014WWWBC and the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.

What: Launch of the 2014WWWBC Schools Program

  • 3-on-3 demo game featuring National Team program athletes and give the sport a try session for students


  • Government of Ontario Representative (tbc)
  • Wendy Gittens, WBC Executive Director and 2014WWWBC Tournament Director
  • Senior Women’s National Team players Melanie Hawtin (Oakville, Ont.) and Paralympian Tamara Steeves (Mississauga, Ont.), as well as other National Team program athletes

When: Friday February 28, 2014 – 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

  • Athlete Interview Availability at 1:30 p.m. ET

Where: Rick Hansen Secondary School – 1150 Dream Crest Road, Mississauga, Ont. L5V 1N7

The Schools Program was made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

For more information, visit 2014wheelchairbasketball.com.

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