Wheelchair teams prepare for this weekend’s ‘Duel in the Desert’

Photo by Loren Worthington from the 2014 Duel in the Desert.

Photo by Loren Worthington from the 2014 Duel in the Desert.

Nineteen teams featuring elite athletes from the southwest and as far away as New York will compete in wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, power soccer and 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.

Photo by Loren Worthington from the 2014 Duel in the Desert.

Photo by Loren Worthington from the 2014 Duel in the Desert.

Presented by Bank of America, there is no admission charge.

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.

Teams competing are:

  • Wheelchair Basketball: Phoenix Banner Wheelchair Suns; Phoenix Banner Mercury; UofA Men’s Team; Tucson Lobos; UofA Women’s Team
  • Stand-Up Amputee Basketball: Rush (Phoenix), TLC/Ability360 (Phoenix), Amp1/Freedom Blue (New York, California, Colorado, Utah), Amp1/Freedom Red.
  • Power Soccer: Ability360 United (Phoenix), Desert Outlaws (Surprise), Sun Devil Power Soccer (Mesa), Arizona Heat Elite (Mesa), Arizona Heat Destroyer (Mesa).
  • Wheelchair Rugby: Ability360 Heat 1 (Phoenix), Ability360 Heat 2 (Phoenix), Tucson Renegades, UofA.Each division will feature a round-robin format with a single elimination game to determine the champion.  Games will be played beginning from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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.

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