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Jr. Pacers and Adult Pacers Wheelchair Basketball

Instead of footwork, wheelchair basketball players use precise and daring chair skills. Players can stop their chairs on a dime, reach up with both hands to catch a flying pass, then sail down the court. Participation on the Jr. Pacers wheelchair basketball team involves local games as well as travel around Michigan and the U.S.

Junior and Adult Pacers Wheelchair Basketball Team

The Junior and Adult Pacers is a competitive sports program for full- or part-time wheelchair users; most participants have amputations, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida. Team participation involves local and away games, travel around Michigan and the United States, and competition in a national tournament. There are two junior teams, Prep and Varsity. Prep uses an 8 ½ -foot tall basket and Varsity uses a 10-foot tall basket. Participation in the program offers potential for college athletic scholarships for top athletes discovered through college-level wheelchair sports scouts attending tournaments and camp.

Practice Schedule
Wednesdays, September 11 - March 2014

Time
Juniors: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Adults: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Wolverine Family YMCA | 6555 Jupiter Ave, Belmont, MI 49306 | Map

Age
Juniors: 7 – 18 years old
Adult: 18 years or older

Cost
$40 due at first practice
Fundraising is required by each player

Check payable to:
Mary Free Bed

Varsity Tournament Schedule
 

DATE EVENT & LOCATION
November 2-3, 2013

Turnstone (Fort Wayne, IN)

November 9-10, 2013 Grand Rapids Jr. Pacers Home Tournament (Grand Rapids, MI)
December 14-15, 2013 Rockford Holiday Tournament (Rockford, IL)
January 11-12, 2014

Whitewater Regional (Whitewater, WI)

March 1-2, 2014

Midwest Conference Championship (IL)

April 3-6, 2014 NWBA Nationals (Louisville, KY)

 

Prep Tournament Schedule
 

DATE EVENT & LOCATION
November 9-10, 2013 Grand Rapids Jr. Pacers Home Tournament (Grand Rapids, MI)
December 14-15, 2013 Rockford Holiday Tournament (Rockford, IL)
January 18, 2014 NEDSRA Jr. Bulls Home Invitational (IL)
February 1, 2014 LWSRA Rollin Falcons Tournament (IL)
March 1-2, 2014 Midwest Conference Championship (IL)
April 3-6, 2014 NWBA Nationals (Louisville, KY)

 

Adult Pacers Tournament Schedule

 

DATE EVENT & LOCATION
January 25-26, 2014 Banner Wheelchair Suns (Phoenix, AZ)                                   
February 15-16, 2014 Detroit. Tentative.
March 22-23, 2014 Chicago Illinois – Tentative.

 

NEW! Club Wheelchair Basketball

New to the Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports, we are pleased to offer a basketball team for adults who are looking to stay active and have fun while working on their skills. We begin as a club team with the hope of eventually moving into the D3 division under the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. For more information, email sports@maryfreebed.com.

Dates
Mondays through March 2014

Time
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Crestwood Middle School
2674 44th Street
Kentwood, MI 49512

Age
18 and older

Cost
$40, due at first practice (checks payable to Mary Free Bed). Fundraising responsibilities throughout the season.

More Information About Wheelchair Basketball

Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Program
235 Wealthy SE
Grand Rapids, MI
sports@maryfreebed.com
616.242.0351

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