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Inaugural Preseason National Invitation Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

EJ Wade Arena at the VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center
Richmond – Virginia
October 20-22, 2017

Presented by


What We’re About

We don’t just provide adaptive sports and recreation opportunities in Richmond, Virginia.The reason Sportable exists is to transform the lives of people with physical and visual disabilities through sport! We know that is a bold claim and some might question whether we can really achieve that mission. Our response – come meet our athletes, hear their stories, watch them when they are in their “zone”. We can guarantee they would agree that in some way a transformation has occurred. This visionary approach to our mission allows us to keep pushing forward and aiming high — just as we ask of each of our athletes!

Our Brand Pillars

Freeing our athletes to see beyond their disabilities.

Building peer relationships and reducing social isolation.

Facilitating physical and attitudinal change in our community.

Our Values

Our people embody what we have come to call The Sportable Way. We define The Sportable Way as “enthusiasm with intention” and it is guided by our core values:



Being true to our word and honoring commitments to athletes, partners, and community



Committing to work hard, stay positive, and encourage success in others



The expectation that our community will enjoy a sport for its own sake, while upholding the highest standard of fairness, respect, and camaraderie



Fostering an environment where athletes and volunteers are able to reach their full potential


About the NWBA

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is comprised of over 200 wheelchair basketball teams across twenty-two conferences. The NWBA was founded in 1948, and today consists of seven divisions including: Division I, Division II, Division III, Women’s Division, Intercollegiate Men’s Division and Intercollegiate Women’s Division, as well as Junior 10’ (Varsity) and Junior Prep Divisions.

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association hosts the NWBA National Tournament each year. The top teams from each division come together to compete for their national title. The past few years the tournament has been hosted in Louisville, KY.

The NWBA also manages the USA high performance wheelchair basketball teams. The primary focus areas within the NWBA High Performance Program are: Player Development, Coach Development, Training and Competitive Excellence and Leadership/Governance.

The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) recognizes the NWBA as the National Organization for Wheelchair Basketball (NOWB) for the United States.




Explore Richmond


Dining In Richmond-Accessible Restaurants

There’s a reason National Geographic said Richmond is a place to visit for food and Condé  Nast Traveler said Richmond was the “Southern Food Destination You Need to Know About.” The best Richmond region restaurants are locally-owned and offer everything from farm-to-table to Asian fusion. Richmond chefs have been nominated for James Beard awards. Metzger wins raves for its German food  in Church Hill while the Roosevelt and Rappahannock continue to impress. 

Acacia Mid-town - 2601 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23220, 804.562.0138
Can Can - 3120 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221, 804.358.7274
Kuba Kuba Dos - 403 N Ridge Rd, Henrico, VA 23229, 804.288.0681
Lemaire -
101 W Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23220, 804.649.4629
Metzger Bar & Butchery -  
801 N 23rd St, Richmond, VA 23223, 804.325.3147

Pasture - 416 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219, 804.780.0416
Rappahannock -
320 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219, 804.545.0565
The Roosevelt -
623 N 25th St, Richmond, VA 23223, 804.658.1935
Secco Wine Bar -
325 N Robinson St, Richmond, VA 23220, 804.353.0670

Short Pump has a large selection of chain dining that are all accessible.

Things To Do

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
- 1800 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA 23228, 804.262.9887
Childrens Museum of Richmond - 2626 West Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220, 804.474.7062
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - 200 N Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220, 804.340.1400


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Registration: 2017 Preseason National Invitation Tournament presented by CarMax is an event powered by a nonprofit in Richmond, VA named Sportable and the NWBA. This event will be compromised of 28 teams. 8 Division I teams, 8 Division II teams, 8 Junior Varsity teams, and 4 Prep teams.

Full payment is due upon team registration. After registration is received you will receive a welcome packet from Sportable.

Hotel Information:

  • This is a STAY TO PLAY tournament.  All non-commuting teams participating in the tournament MUST (as a condition of acceptance) make all hotel accommodations through Sportable by selecting your hotel and room preference on the registration. Please do not call the hotels directly, as they will not be able to provide you with a preferred rate or accessible rooms that have been arranged for our Tournament teams. We are providing an easy way for you to book your hotel rooms with our partnered hotels at the best rates and accessible room types. We appreciate your support as these partnered hotels assist in sponsoring our event.  


    Hilton Richmond Downtown, 501 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219
    • $149/night, check-in 4:00 pm, check out 11:00 am., valet parking - $25/day, cancellation policy – up to 48 hour prior to arrival
    • 40 standard double queen rooms
    • 2 double queen accessible with tub
    • 1 double queen executive with tub
    • 1 double queen accessible with roll-in shower
    • 1  king accessible with roll-in shower
    • 1 king accessible with tub
    • 1 king executive accessible with tub
    • 1 king suite accessible with tub
    •  1 king suite accessible with tub and shower.

    Holiday Inn Express 1-64 Short Pump, 9933 Mayland Dr., Richmond, VA 23233
    • $109/night for king, $114/night double, full breakfast buffet, internet and parking included, check in 3:00pm, check out 12:00pm, cancellation policy-up until 6:00pm the day of arrival
    • 12 standard king rooms
    • 2 king accessible with roll-in shower
    • 6 king accessible with tub
    • 30 double queen rooms

Springhill Suites Richmond NW, 9960 Independence Park Dr., Henrico, VA 23233
•  $124/night, full breakfast buffet, internet and parking included check in 3:00pm, check out 12:00 pm, cancellation policy-up until 24 hours prior to arrival
• 12 king studio suite with pull out rooms
• 2 king studio suites with pull out accessible with tub
• 32 double studio suites with pull out


As we get closer to the event date, we will be updating this information.
Team packet pick up: Friday, October 20 at the EJ Wade Arena at the VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center, time (tbd)

  • Meetings: (tbd)

  • Chair storage: each team will have a designated spot (tbd)

    Brackets: (tbd)




Swag Bag Packer
Pack athlete swag bags with tournament t-shirt, hospitality items, and tournament information. Label athlete and volunteer credentials, cut to fit in lanyard.
10/16 • 6pm-8pm • Sign-Up Form

Packing Team
Supports loading vehicles with tournament supplies at the Sportable office and unloading supplies at the Siegel Center. Requires some heavy lifting and moving large objects. Packing Team members will be responsible for their own transportation to the Siegel Center to assist with unloading supplies.
10/20 • 9am-10am • Sign-Up Form

Volunteer Check-In
Greet and check-in volunteers. Responsible for tracking volunteer attendance, explaining roles to volunteers as they arrive, and where to report.
10/20-10/22 • Shift times listed on Sign-Up Form

Setup Team
Supports setup and staging of tournament facility.
10/20-10/22 • Shift times listed on Sign-Up Form

Team Check-In
Check-in teams at the beginning of the tournament. Direct each team to the equipment storage area and arena floor before games begin.
10/20-10/22 • Shift times listed on Sign-Up Form

Equipment Valet
Supports moving athlete equipment throughout the arena and through the loading ramp area of the Siegel Center. Requires some heavy lifting and moving large objects.
10/20-10/22 • Shift times listed on Sign-Up Form

Ramp Guide
Supports athletes using wheelchairs/other assitive devices safely entering and exiting the Siegel Center using the loading ramp. This is a long, steep entrance. We are looking for strong, capable volunteers, who also have basic disability etiquette and awareness to guide athletes up and down the ramp.
10/20-10/22 • Shift times listed on Sign-Up Form

Score Keeper
Responsible for managing scoreboard, score sheet, shot clock. Experience with basketball and/or running a scoreboard preferred. There is a required volunteer training for score keepers on either October 14th, from 9-10am or October 17th from 7-8pm, at the Sportable Office.
10/20-10/22 • Shift times listed on Sign-Up Form

Court Monitor
Maintains court surface, water cooler, pumps, balls, and ensures game area is free of hazards. During downtime while games are being played, volunteers are encouraged to cheer for players and teams.
10/20-10/22 • Shift times listed on Sign-Up Form

Results Tracker
Responsible for updating and posting all game results throughout the tournament and arena. Must collect official scores and score sheets at the conclusion of each game. During downtime while games are being played, volunteers are encouraged to cheer for players and teams.
10/20-10/22 • Shift times listed on Sign-Up Form

Info Desk Volunteer: Tournament and Richmond Visitor Guide
Provides information on tournament and Richmond area. Examples: game schedule, Richmond tourist information, etc.
10/20-10/22 • Shift times listed on Sign-Up Form

Hospitality Host
Ensure hospitality rooms for refs, players, and volunteers are setup and stocked with snacks and/or meals, water, plates, napkins, etc.
10/20-10/22 • Shift times listed on Sign-Up Form

Takes action shots of tournament play, edits content, returns photos to Sportable staff at conclusion of tournament. Photographer role requires having one's own camera, editing software, etc. Photos should be returned to Sportable using Google Drive or Dropbox.
10/20-10/22 • Shift times listed on Sign-Up Form

Tear Down Team
Supports final clean up of the arena; breakdown equipment and load trucks/vehicles.
10/20-10/22 • 5pm-7pm • Sign-Up Form

Any additional questions about Volunteer Opportunities, please call 804-340-2991.


Questions about registration or the tournament please contact:
Question about the City of Richmond please contact: Richmond Tourism: 804.783.7450