NWBA and Sportable To Host Preseason NIT For Wheelchair Basketball In October

June 28, 2017


Contact: Alecia McConnell





NWBA Preseason National Invitation Tournament presented by CarMax to take place at the EJ Wade Arena at VCU’s Stuart C. Siegel Center

June 21, 2017 (Richmond, VA)Sportable, Richmond’s Paralympic adaptive sports club, is partnering with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association to host the NWBA Preseason National Invitation Tournament presented by CarMax October 20-22.  This three-day tournament will take place in conjunction with the inaugural National Wheelchair Basketball Week and will be the official kickoff to the 2017-2018 NWBA Season.  The EJ Wade Arena at the VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center will host the tournament and feature the top NWBA Adult and NWBA Junior wheelchair basketball teams from all over the country.

“We are thrilled to partner with Sportable and have our season kickoff in Richmond,” said NWBA Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski.  “This tournament is going to close out the first ever National Wheelchair Basketball Week, a time when we can recognize some of the best athletes in the country.  This will be great for our sport and for athletes with disabilities.  Having this event in Richmond with such great partners like Sportable, Richmond Region Tourism, and CarMax is a great opportunity for our sport.”

“Bringing some of the best wheelchair basketball players in the country to Richmond is fantastic for the area and is further proof that Richmond is a sports destination,” said Sportable Executive Director Hunter Leemon.  “It will be a great opportunity for our teams, the Spokes and Rim Riders, to play some of the country’s best competition in our own backyard.  As well, we are excited to have the tournament at VCU’s Siegel Center, one of the premiere sports facilities in Richmond.  As well, we are grateful to our two great partners at CarMax and Richmond Region Tourism for helping to make this tournament happen.”

The NWBA Preseason NIT presented by CarMax will feature a total of 28 top NWBA teams across four divisions. The eight-team tournament will be a double elimination tournament, with the Junior Division Prep tournament being a four-team round robin tournament.

The NWBA Adult Division will feature eight teams from Division I, with the top eight teams from the 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical receiving automatic invites. The Sportable Rim Riders will compete in the Division II Tournament, and invite seven other top-ranked teams to the EJ Wade Arena at the VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center.

“It’s a great fit for CarMax to partner with Sportable and the NWBA to bring a tournament of this caliber to Richmond as it embodies our core values of diversity and teamwork as well as our focus on providing health and wellness opportunities for all,” said Leslie Parpart, Director, Community Relations at CarMax. “We are proud to call Richmond home and know that visitors to our community will see why we have known it’s such a great place to live, work, and play.”

The Sportable Spokes, winners of the 2016 Junior Division National Invitation Tournament, will roll into the Preseason NIT presented by CarMax in its backyard against seven other top NWBA Varsity teams. The Varsity tournament will also serve as a NWBA Junior Division Regional qualifier with the top two placing teams receiving automatic bids for the 2018 NWBT presented by ABC Medical.

A Junior Prep tournament will feature four teams in a round-robin tournament format. The prep division is for athletes 13 and under.

“Richmond Region Tourism is excited to partner with Sportable and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association to host the inaugural Preseason NIT event in our own backyard” said J.C. Poma, Richmond Region Tourism Sports Development Manager. “The Richmond Region serves as a host destination for all types of sporting events showcasing the talents of athletes with all abilities. The 2017 NWBA Preseason NIT presented by CarMax is a fantastic addition to another exciting year for sports in the Richmond Region and further shows that the Richmond Region is truly a sports community for all.”

The NWBA Preseason National Invitation Tournament presented by CarMax will kickoff on Friday, October 20 and conclude the afternoon of Sunday, October 22.  Throughout the weekend teams will compete for the right to play for the tournament championship in their bracket on Sunday.  All championship games will take place on the championship court at the EJ Wade Arena at VCU’s Stuart C. Siegel Center on Sunday.  Brackets and schedules will be released in September.

If you would like more information on how you or your company can be a part of the NWBA Preseason National Invitation Tournament presented by CarMax, please contact Hunter Leemon at Hunter@Sportable.org or 804.938.1866.  For more information please see https://sportable.org/preseasonNIT/


About Sportable
Founded in 2005, Sportable has been helping people with physical disabilities and visual impairments lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Sportable provides the opportunity, skilled instruction and specialized equipment for 12 year-round adaptive sports programs. Partnering with over 30 organizations in the Greater Richmond community, Sportable works to ensure accessibility to facilities for all programs and provides adaptive equipment to its athletes that might be cost prohibitive otherwise. Many of Sportable’s athletes compete locally, regionally, and nationally in their sports. To find out more information about Sportable please visit www.Sportable.org.

About National Wheelchair Basketball Association

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is the recognized National Organization for Wheelchair Basketball by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation and the Paralympic Sport Organization by the United States Olympic Committee. The NWBA trains and selects teams for participation in the Paralympic Games, World Championships, and other international competitions. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is comprised of over 200 wheelchair basketball teams across 22 conferences and seven divisions. The NWBA was founded in 1948, and today consists of seven divisions including: Championship Division, Division III, Women’s Division, Intercollegiate Men’s Division and Intercollegiate Women’s Division, as well a Junior 10′ and Junior Prep Divisions. To find out more information about the NWNB please visit www.nwba.org

About CarMax

CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 175 stores in 39 states nationwide.  CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles.  CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 24,000 associates nationwide and for 13 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used cars and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

About Richmond Region Tourism

Richmond Region Tourism, the official destination marketing and tourism organization for the Richmond Region, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Region to meeting, convention and sports event planners, tour operators and leisure travelers. More than 7 million people visit the Richmond Region annually, contributing more than $2 billion to the local economy. Tourism generates nearly 22,000 jobs in the Richmond Region. For more information, visit VisitRichmondVA.com.