Have you ever wanted to test your basketball skills from the seat of a wheelchair? Ten-person teams are invited to participate in the annual ChairHoops tournament April 1-2, at Timberline High School. You can work up a sweat, have some fun and help support a great cause.
ChairHoops is a fundraiser for Boise Parks & Recreation’s AdVenture program, which offers recreation, wilderness excursions, fitness programs, sports and social activities to individuals with disabilities. Funds raised from this year’s tournament will be used to support scholarships.
First-time wheelchair users and skilled veterans alike are invited to participate in this fun-filled community event; players do not need to have a disability to participate, and wheelchairs will be provided. But don’t think you’re getting off easy just because you’re sitting down—it’s a challenging workout.
April may seem like a long way off, but you can start practicing now. Teams and individual players can work on their skills at open-gym practice on Saturdays, January 29 through March 26 (no practice February 19), from 4-6 p.m. at Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road. A $5 drop-in fee for each date includes play and use of wheelchairs, or players can sign up for the eight date session for $25 by calling 608-7680.
Men’s, women’s and coed teams are welcome to participate in the tournament. Corporate teams are also encouraged. For all of you white collar types, this is a great team-building opportunity for your company. This activity is best suited to adults. If you want to get a team together, you can reserve a spot in the tournament for $25, which is a non-refundable team entry deposit. The total team registration is $140 for 10 players (additional players pay an additional $10 each). Payments are due in full on March 17.
If you really want to help fund a scholarship, and don’t mind some snazzy new threads, participants who solicit pledges will receive an embroidered fleece vest for collecting $150 or more. Those who raise $400 or more will receive an embroidered soft shell jacket. Want to help but not interested in playing? You can also make a tax-deductible donation.
Sounds like a fun way to raise your heart rate and help others. To volunteer or for more information, contact Emily Kovarik or Sonya Buchholz at 608-7680. Or click on this link.
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