Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Returns

Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Returns

After a two-year hiatus brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health and the Center for Learning and Leadership, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, will once again co-host the Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, benefiting the Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association (OKASA).

Now in its 12th year, the tournament is scheduled from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 21, at Oklahoma City University Freede Wellness Center, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave.

Dominic Frimberger, M.D., pediatric urology specialist at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, is a long-time supporter, promoter and organizer of the annual tournament. “Historically, support for this event has been wildly enthusiastic, and as a fundraiser, we’ve enjoyed great success,” he said. “I’m thrilled beyond words that we are at a place where we can again advocate for and support these athletes and the tremendous work that OKASA does.”

A number of OU Health teams will compete in 10-minute exhibition basketball games against the Wheels of Thunder, OKASA’s wheelchair athletes. All participants will compete in wheelchairs with nets at regulation height.

Spectators are welcome to attend free of charge. Fundraising activities include a silent auction, t-shirt sales and concessions. The event will feature special guests as well. All proceeds go toward the purchase of equipment and travel expenses for OKASA athletes competing in national tournaments. Visit www.okasa.org for more information about the association and its work.

For more information or for accommodations on the basis of disability, call (405) 271-6900.