Stand-up amputee basketball tournament slated for July

The Cactus Classic, America’s only 3-on-3 stand-up amputee basketball tournament, will close out the fifth annual weekend event by shifting from the first day of round-robin play for teams from across the county into a 5-on-5 full-court Final Four-type competition with teams drafted from a pool of participating players.

The Cactus Classic, America’s only 3-on-3 stand-up amputee basketball tournament, will be held July 13-14 at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St. in Phoenix. (Photo by Loren Worthington)

The twin-format tournament is July 13-14 at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St. in Phoenix, a fully adapted sports and fitness venue.  The tournament is for players using lower extremity prosthetics to stand up or who may or may not use prosthetics for upper extremity disabilities.

The defending champion Ability360 Amp1 team will be looking for back-to-back titles.

“We wanted to add another level of competition for players who love playing the game and want to go full court,” said Tournament Director and Amp1 captain Nick Pryor.  “It will definitely be a great weekend of very competitive basketball.”

Teams entered in the round-robin competition will play half-court games on four courts on Saturday.  Players interested in participating who may not be on a participating team will be placed on teams in the tournament.  For the Sunday 5-on-5 challenge, all participating players will be entered into a pool with the captains from the 3-on-3 teams choosing players.

The round-robin tournament champion will select first for the 5-on-5 event.  A “snake draft” will be used to fill out the rest of the team rosters.

Tournament fees are $125 for teams participating in the 3-on-3 event or $150 for both days.  Free agents interested in playing will pay $40 for the 3-on-3 event and $55 for both days.  Fees include a reversible jersey.  Hotel scholarships are available.

Application deadline is July 1.  Applications can be completed by visiting www.ability360.org/sports.

For more information, contact Pryor at nickp@ability360.org.  For more information about Ability360 or to make a donation, visit www.ability360.org.

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