Wheelchair Basketball Schools Program

In partnership with Wheelchair Basketball Canada, this program aims to introduce and promote wheelchair basketball to a wider audience, provide an attitudinal change toward disability and inclusion, and to encourage youth of all abilities to be physically active.

The Schools Program was also made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)¹.

Presentations and Sport Wheelchair Rentals

The Schools Program Coordinator and an OWSA Athlete Ambassador visit schools across the GTA and provide a fun-filled and informative presentation about the sport of wheelchair basketball.

Over the course of the 60 – 70 minute presentation, our team will explain the rules of the sport and demonstrate basic ball handling, passing, and chair skills. This is followed by a question period facilitated by the Athlete Ambassador and concludes with the students playing an exciting game of wheelchair basketball!

Following the visit, participating schools will have the opportunity to rent 10-12 sport wheelchairs for a week to utilize during their physical education classes. To ensure the safe and effective use of the equipment, an Athlete Ambassador or Coach will visit the school during the rental period to assist teachers with facilitation.

Inclusion Zone Basketball – Secondary Schools

In the 2018/2019 school year our team will introduce Inclusion Zone Basketball (IZB) into secondary schools throughout the Greater Toronto Area. IZB is a combination of stand-up basketball and wheelchair basketball that enables students with and without disabilities to play on the same team, on the court, at the same time.

After receiving a presentation and a week-long rental, participating schools will have the opportunity to showcase their IZB skills against other schools in their district in an IZB Festival.

You can find more information about Inclusion Zone Basketball here.

How to Register

Spots for this program are limited! Be sure to reach out to the Schools Program Coordinator to request a booking form. Preference will be given to schools that have a student with a physical disability.

Contact

Shirka Shuriye
Schools Program Coordinator
Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association
416-564-2185
schoolsprogram@owsa.ca

¹An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. For more information, please visit www.otf.ca.