‘Duel in the Desert’ pits elite athletes in wheelchair sports

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Fifteen teams featuring elite athletes from across the Southwest will square off in wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, power soccer and, for the first time, stand-up amputee basketball at the third annual Duel in the Desert, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24 at the Ability 360 Sports & Fitness Center (formerly SpoFit), 5031 E. Washington St. in Phoenix.

Joe Jackson. (Photos by Loren Worthington

Joe Jackson. (Photos by Loren Worthington)

New this year to the two-day tournament presented by Bank of America will be the three-on-three stand-up amputee basketball tournament.  For each sport, four to six teams from the southwest will compete.

Also planned are demonstrations of Ability360’s new adaptive sport, wheelchair lacrosse and the first-ever adaptive car show featuring a brand-new, not-yet-on-the-market adaptive Ford Explorer and cars and vehicles adapted by Valley residents. Halftime youth activities, food trucks, kids events and prizes also are on the schedule.

Admission is free.

The complete list of teams, athletes and competition schedule will be released shortly.

For more information, visit www.ability360sports.org.

The ABILITY360 Sports and Fitness Center is a 45,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in Phoenix. The center offers a wide variety of amenities to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. We have a fitness center with wheelchair accessible weight machines, an aquatic area equipped with lifts and elevators, accessible locker rooms, and more.

Attached images:  Photos by Loren Worthington

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