PHOENIX, Ariz. (Oct. 11, 2018): Some of the nation’s top athletes and teams in wheelchair rugby, power soccer and stand-up amputee basketball will compete at the Bank of America-presented 6thannual Duel in the Desert, Oct. 19-21 at the Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St. in Phoenix.
The tournament is free and also features youth teams competing in wheelchair basketball. Round-robin tournament action begins Friday, Oct. 19 at noon and continues Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m. each day.
Among the wheelchair rugby teams competing are defending Duel in the Desert champion and national runner-up 360 Phoenix Heat and defending national champion University of Arizona. Power soccer teams are Arizona Heat (Arizona Disabled Sports), 360 United (Ability360) and 360 FC (Ability360). Wheelchair basketball teams competing are 360 Wheelchair Suns (Ability360) and Tucson Lobos.
Varsity youth wheelchair basketball teams are Abiilty360 Phoenix Varsity, San Diego Hammer and Rancho Renegades from Downey, CA.
A stand-up amputee five-on-five basketball game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Members of the 360 Phoenix Heat are Joe Jackson and Scott Hogsett from Chandler, Obanel Serrano from Prescott, Ernie Chun from Waipahu, Hawaii, Brian Sperla from Hayward, CA, Jake Zunich from Silver City, NM, Derek Paral from New York City, Jeremiah Weise from Elko, NV, Ben Goss from Dunstable, MA, CJ Brown from Seattle, Kory Puderbaugh from Boise, ID, Shin Shimakawa from Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan and Scrap Smith from the Bronx, NY.
In addition to Bank of America, tournament sponsors include Touchstone Rehabilitation, Ability Center, Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association, United Access, Junior Adaptive Athletes in Motion (JAAM), Position Sports and Barrow Neurological Institute.
The tournament schedule is:
Friday, Oct. 19, West Court
12 p.m. – 360 United vs. Az Heat ‘91
2 p.m. – 360 FC vs. Az Heat
4 p.m. – Az Heat vs. Az Heat ‘91
6 p.m. – Phoenix intra-squad
4 p.m. – Phoenix intra-squad
6 p.m. – 360 FC vs. 360 United
Saturday, Oct. 20, West Court
9 a.m. – 360 Wheelchair Suns vs. Lobos D2 (wheelchair basketball)
10:30 a.m. – Ability360 Phoenix Varsity vs. San Diego (youth wheelchair basketball)
12 p.m. – Lobos D2 vs. Lobos D3 (wheelchair basketball)
1:30 p.m. – Ability360 Phoenix Varsity vs. Rancho (youth wheelchair basketball)
3 p.m. – 360 Wheelchair Suns vs. Lobos D3 (wheelchair basketball)
4:30 p.m. – San Diego vs. Rancho (youth wheelchair basketball)
6:30 p.m. – 5 on 5 (stand-up amputee basketball)
9 a.m. – 360 United vs. Az Heat ’91 (power soccer)
11 a.m. – 360 Phoenix Heat 1 vs. UofA (wheelchair rugby)
1 p.m. – 360 FC vs. Az Heat (power soccer)
3 p.m. 360 Phoenix Heat 2 vs. UofA (wheelchair rugby)
5 p.m. – Lobos D2 vs. Lobos D3 (wheelchair basketball)
Sunday, Oct. 21, West Court
9 a.m. – ability360 Phoenix Varsity vs. Rancho (youth wheelchair basketball)
10:30 a.m. – San Diego vs. Rancho (youth wheelchair basketball)
12 p.m. – Ability360 Phoenix Varsity vs. San Diego (youth wheelchair basketball)
10 a.m. 360 Phoenix Heat 2 vs. UofA (wheelchair rugby)
12:30 p.m. – 360 Phoenix Heat vs. UofA (wheelchair rugby)
For more information, visit www.ability360.org.
• Loren Worthington, Ability360, (602) 386-4278, [email protected]
• Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040, [email protected]
ABOUT THE ABILITY360 SPORTS & FITNESS CENTER: The Ability360Sports and Fitness Center is a 45,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. Owned and operated by Ability360, the Sports & Fitness Center offers a wide variety of amenities to help you achieve your health and fitness goals including a fitness center with wheelchair accessible weight machines, an aquatic area equipped with lifts and elevators, accessible locker rooms, and more.