International wheelchair basketball returns to Warm Springs

Press Release

WARM SPRINGS, GA – The Georgia Department of Labor's Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation (RWSIR) once again will host international wheelchair basketball competition this summer.

Paralympic-level competition, which was held for the first time at Roosevelt Warm Springs in the mid-1990s and has been played every two years since 2002, will again take place in May and June.

Women's competition will be held Tuesday through Saturday, May 4-8, while the men will compete Tuesday through Saturday, June 1-5. Admission is free and open to the public.

All games will be played at RWSIR's Ruzycki Center for Therapeutic Recreation (RCTR). Both tournaments will begin with a round-robin format to determine seedings, followed by a single elimination final round.

Game times for the women's tournament Tuesday through Friday will be 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. The consolation and championship games have been slated for Saturday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.

The women's tournament will feature teams from Germany, Great Britain, Canada, The Netherlands, Mexico, and the USA.

Times for the men's tournament have yet to be set. But, teams from the USA, Great Britain, Mexico, and Japan are scheduled to participate. All of the participating teams in both the women's and men's tournaments will advance to the 2010 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in July.

Referred to as the Lyttle World Basketball Challenge, the tournaments are named for former RWSIR Recreation Director Joe Lyttle, who was instrumental in the development of the RCTR and Roosevelt Warm Springs Camp Dream.

Both opened before the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996. For more information about the tournaments, call RCTR at 706-655-5715.

Source: Georgia Department of Labor