Top wheelchair rugby teams compete in Rugby Rave Feb. 11-13

Joe Delagrave of Chandler, captain of Team USA Wheelchair Rugby, will lead the Ability360 Phoenix Heat against North America’s top teams at the 2016 Rugby Rave, Feb. 11-13 at the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St. in Phoenix.

Admission is free.

The 2016 Rugby Rave takes place Feb. 11-13 at the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St. in Phoenix. Admission is free. (Photo by Steve Carr)

The 2016 Rugby Rave takes place Feb. 11-13 at the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St. in Phoenix. Admission is free. (Photo by Steve Carr)

Mr. Delagrave’s teammates include fellow Olympian Ernie Chun of Phoenix and Chandler’s Joe Jackson.

Visiting teams include the London (Canada) Annihilators, British Columbia, Tucson Renegades, Minnesota Steelheads, Portland (Ore.) Pounders and Sharp Edge (San Diego).

“These are world-class athletes competing at the highest level in a sport requiring skill, stamina and strength,” said Ability360 Vice President and General Manager Gus LaZear.  “And, Arizona players are among the best of the best.”

Mr. Delagrave was a member of the 2010 world championship Team USA that also captured the bronze medal at the 2012 games.  He is the 2012 United States Quad Rugby Association Athlete of the Year.

Mr. Chun, originally from Waipahu, Hawaii, was a member of the Team USA 2013 and 2014 national teams.

The round robin, bracket-play tournament begins Thursday, Feb. 11 with games from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. and continues on Friday beginning at 1:30 p.m.  The championship series begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 with the title game scheduled at 2 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $250.

For more information, visit www.ability360.org/sports.

Ability360 is located at 5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85034, www.ability360.org, 602-256-2245.

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