Engraved into a concrete wall, it says "2017 USQRA Wheelchair Rugby National Champions." Presented by VMI. Phoenix, Arizona. April 20-22. Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center. A Rugby ball sits behind a players gloves.

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NATION’S BEST WHEELCHAIR RUGBY TEAMS LINING UP FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT AT ABILITY360, APRIL 20-22

PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 6, 2017): Defending national champion Texas Stampede from Cedar Park and hometown favorite, the unbeaten Phoenix 360 Heat, are among the nation’s top teams to qualify for the 2017 United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) National Tournament, April 20-22, at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington Street.
The tournament is presented by Vantage Mobility International of Phoenix, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of wheelchair van conversions.
Qualifying teams to date from regional and sectional tournaments across the country include:
• 360 Heat (Phoenix)
• Texas Stampede (Cedar Park, Texas)
• Tampa Generals (Tampa, FL)
• Michigan Storm (Grand Rapids, MI)
• St. Louis RAMS OR SPARTANS(?) (St. Louis, MO)
• MedStar Punishers (Washington, DC)
• Seattle Slam, (Seattle, WA)
• Minnesota Steelheads (Golden Valley MN)
• Lakeshore Demolition (Birmingham, AL)
• Portland Pounders (Portland, OR)
• Shepherd Smash (Atlanta, GA)

Up to 16 teams are expected to compete. There is no admission charge for spectators.

Tournament teams will be seeded in two divisions and compete in a preliminary round robin format with national champions to be determined through single elimination matches in the final round.


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Matches begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 20, Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. Last matches on Thursday and Friday begin at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Division 2 Championship single elimination rounds begin at 1 p.m. with Division 1 Championship round beginning at 3 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow the final match.

Complete information at www.ability360.org/sports.

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ABOUT ABILITY360: Ability360, formerly Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), continues a 35-year tradition of empowering programs for people with all disabilities. Ability360 offers and promotes programs to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community. The independent living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities. Ability360 is located at 5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85034, www.ability360.org, 602-256-2245.

ABOUT THE ABILITY360 SPORTS & FITNESS CENTER: The Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center is a 45,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. Owned and operated by Ability360, the Sports & Fitness Center offers a wide variety of amenities to help you achieve your health and fitness goals including a fitness center with wheelchair accessible weight machines, an aquatic area equipped with lifts and elevators, accessible locker rooms, and more.
Contacts:
• Loren Worthington, Ability360, (602) 386-4278
• Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040