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05/05/2017

TORONTO TO HOST 2017 MEN'S WORLD WHEELCHAIR U23 BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Ontario Basketball would like to encourage basketball fanatics across the province to check out some of the best basketball action on the planet this summer at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championship!

Wheelchair Basketball Canada is pleased to host the top junior male wheelchair basketball players on the planet from June 8-16, 2017 for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Men's U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship.

World-class athletes representing 12 nations, including host Canada, will converge at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto to showcase the elite skill and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball a thrilling spectator sport and one of the most popular sports in the world for athletes with a disability.

The tournament features over 400 athletes, coaches, officials, delegates, and volunteers participating in 42 games over eight days of competition.

Witness sport that moves you to the edge of your seat! Tickets are on sale now and with promo code: OB2017 you can get a 20% discount on your seats. Click here and enter OB2017 for your discount. Please note the promo code must be entered before the specific session is selected for the discount to apply. If you're purchasing from a mobile device you must select "Promotions" from the drop-down menu and enter the promo code there.

For more information visit www.2017u23wwbc.com | #2017u23wwbc

Top 10 "Need to Know" facts about the 2017 WWBC

1. The world’s top junior male wheelchair basketball players will converge on the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 8-16, 2017 for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) 2017 Men’s U23 World Championship.

2. The event will showcase the next generation of Paralympic stars and the elite skills and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball a highly competitive and exciting spectator sport.

3. The event returns to Toronto in time to mark the 20-year anniversary since Canada hosted and won the inaugural world championship for junior men in Toronto in 1997.

4. Twelve nations will compete at the event: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Turkey and the United States.

5. Over 400 athletes, coaches, officials, delegates, and volunteers will attend the event.

6. Tickets to the event start at just $12! Experience Sport That Moves You to the edge of your seat and cheer on Team Canada on home soil!

7. All 42 games at the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship will be webcast live on the event website at www.2017u23wwbc.com.

8. The Canadian Men’s U23 National Team won back-to-back gold medals at the event in 1997 and 2001. Most recently, Canada placed sixth at the junior men’s world championship in 2013.

9. The event is the latest addition to Canada’s rich tradition of hosting world-class international wheelchair basketball events, which includes the world championship for women in 2014, the world championship for junior women in 2011, the world championship for men in 1994 and the inaugural world championship for junior men in 1997.

10. Through hosting this tournament, Wheelchair Basketball Canada is building on the success of hosting past world championships, as well as the incredible momentum generated by the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, in order to create lasting legacies that generate awareness, increase participation in parasport and foster more inclusive communities.

11. The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation and Wheelchair Basketball Canada will utilize the event to simultaneously host international clinics and educational sessions for coaches and technical officials in order to augment the ongoing growth of the game.

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