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Cactus Classic: America's Only Stand-up Amputee Basketball Tournament
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10 May 2019   Steve Carr
All photos by Loren Worthington

CACTUS CLASSIC, AMERICA’S ONLY STAND-UP AMPUTEE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, ADDS 5-ON-5 FULL COURT CHALLENGE ON FINAL DAY

Players from 3-on-3 Teams Will Go into a Draft Pool to Create Teams for Sunday

PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 9, 2019):  The Cactus Classic, America’s only 3-on-3 stand-up amputee basketball tournament, will close out the 5th annual weekend event by shifting from the first day of round-robin play for teams from across the county into a 5-on-5 full-court Final Four-type competition with teams drafted from a pool of participating players.

The twin-format tournament is July 13-14 at Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington Street in Phoenix, a cutting-edge, fully adapted sports and fitness venue.  The tournament is for players using lower extremity prosthetics to stand up or who may or may not use prosthetics for upper extremity disabilities.

The defending champion Ability360 Amp1 team will be looking for back-to-back titles.

“We wanted to add another level of competition for players who love playing the game and want to go full court,” said Tournament Director and Amp1 captain Nick Pryor.  “It will definitely be a great weekend of very competitive basketball.”

Teams entered in the round-robin competition will play half-court games on four courts on Saturday.  Players interested in participating who may not be on a participating team will be placed on teams in the tournament.  For the Sunday 5-on-5 challenge, all participating players will be entered into a pool with the captains from the 3-on-3 teams choosing players.

The round-robin tournament champion will select first for the 5-on-5 event.  A “snake draft” will be used to fill out the rest of the team rosters.

Tournament fees are $125 for teams participating in the 3-on-3 event or $150 for both days.  Free agents interested in playing will pay $40 for the 3-on-3 event and $55 for both days.  Fees include a reversible jersey.  Hotel scholarships are available.

Application deadline is July 1.  Applications can be completed by visiting www.ability360.org/sports.

For more information, contact Pryor at nickp@ability360.org.  For more information about Ability360 or to make a donation, visit www.ability360.org.

**ABOUT ABILITY360 

Ability360, formerly Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), continues a 35-year tradition of empowering programs for people with all disabilities. Ability360 offers and promotes programs to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.  The independent living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities. Ability360 is located at 5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85034, www.ability360.org602-256-2245.

**ABOUT THE ABILITY360 SPORTS & FITNESS CENTER: The Ability360 Sports 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.