On May 17, 2016, a few members of the Ravenshoe dream team were drafted to participate in Hoopfest 2016, hosted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada to help raise funds for the Future’s Program, an education and mentorship initiative to support young Canadian athletes with a disability to achieve their dreams on and off the basketball court. The event took place in downtown Toronto at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, formerly known as the Maple Leaf Gardens and now home to the Ryerson Rams.
With the maximum amount of 16 teams registered, each team was provided a coach to teach basic wheelchair maneuvering skills and court rules. Ravenshoe’s team had the pleasure of being coached by Willy Moronchuk, centre player for the Canadian Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball team, who would be representing Canada at the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this September 2016. All teams played a round robin of 3-on-3 for for three games with two playoff games.
While we had a slow start in our first two games, we finished strong winning our last three games! Thank you to our friends at Sunrise Medical for inviting us to this fantastic event and congratulations to Wheelchair Basketball Canada for hosting a fun and informative event for everyone who participated. Good luck to our coach, Willy Moronchuk and all the athletes representing us at the Paralypmic Summer Games this summer! #FundtheFuture
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