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National Wheelchair Basketball Championships Begin Today in Louisville

Louisville is once again the site of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championships, which began Thursday and continue through Sunday at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center.

More than 1,000 athletes, 90 teams and 200 coaches are competing in this year’s tournaments, which cover several divisions and will be played on more than dozen courts.

Gregory Lewis-Seals, assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Strong Dogs men’s team, said wheelchair basketball is not much different from the traditional game.

“The mechanics and the game of basketball—is still basketball," Lewis-Seals said. "They just adjust some rules to accommodate the chairs and their disability.”

There will also be an instructional clinic presented by 40 military veterans.
Organizers say the basketball championship is the world’s largest wheelchair sporting event.

Tickets are $5 per day or $15 for the entire championship.

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