Saturday, August 13, 2022

Don't Miss the Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at the Turner Center

Rollin' Rebels Wheelchair Basketball Tournament promoting Disability Awareness Month.  Photo Courtesy of University of Mississippi Communications.
Rollin’ Rebels Wheelchair Basketball Tournament promoting Disability Awareness Month.
Photo Courtesy of University of Mississippi Communications.

If you haven’t made it out to the wheelchair basketball tournament at the University of Mississippi, you still have three days left to enjoy the competition and entertainment. Take HottyToddy Man along for photos with athletes, if you’d like. We’re sure he’d enjoy it.
Today, one game starts each hour, with Sigma Chi playing Tune Squad at 4 p.m., Fly Delt playing Pi Kappa Phi at 5 p.m., Kappa Delta playing The Chair Jordans at 6 p.m. and We B-Ballin playing Get Buckets at 7 p.m.
University athletes will play a game at 4 p.m. Friday, according to Jasmine Townsend, faculty advisor for the tournament and a professor of park and recreation management. The game will be open to any university NCAA athletes who want to participate.
In total, eight teams are participating in this year’s tournament, which is an annual event.
“It’s great fun and everyone should come out,” Townsend said.
She had other big news about wheelchair sports for the university.
“We are working right now to get wheelchair sports, basketball and rugby, incorporated into intramurals,” she said. The sports would probably be added in the next year, she said.
The university chose basketball for the tournament for an obvious reason, Townsend said.
“Most people have played basketball, most people have not played rugby,” she said.
In April 2013, the Athletic Department organized the first annual faculty/staff Rollin’ Rebels wheelchair basketball tournament.  Athletes use wheelchairs specially ordered for the event, and any university students may sign up each year. The event is part of the university’s recognition of Disability Awareness Month.
“It’s a blast to watch and to participate,” said Adam Brown, HottyToddy.com sports editor. “As a disabled person, it’s not only a great cause, but it’s a whole lot of fun.”
The tournament continues until April 11, with games starting at 4 p.m. each evening, at the Turner Center. It’s a double-elimination tournament, and the final game and championship will be played Friday. All proceeds benefit Student Disability Services.
Rollin' Rebels Wheelchair Basketball Tournament promoting Disability Awareness Month.  Photo Courtesy of University of Mississippi Communications.
Players at the Rollin’ Rebels Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, promoting Disability Awareness Month.
Photo Courtesy of University of Mississippi Communications.

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