Big Cheese Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament This Weekend at Brookfield East High School
The Big Cheese Classic Wheelchair Basketball Competition was started by a local mom for her daughter.
Now in only its second year, it has grown significantly.
"We have teams coming in from all over the Midwest," said Damian Buchman, Executive Director of the WASA or Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association. "This is a great opportunity for kids and athletes. Their family and classmates cheer them on. This is there only opportunity for the public to see them. What we call seeing the game in a different pair of shoes."
Student athlete Travis Beckler used to play baseball, but likes basketball a lot more for its quick pace and competitiveness.
""I like the competitiveness. I like earning trophies."
The Bucks have come on board as major sponsor of five teams of men, women, kids and prep juniors.
This makes the Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks the nation’s largest wheelchair basketball club.
There will be four divisions including children’s 8’ Junior Prep (ages 8-14) and 10’ Junior Varsity (ages 14-21) as well as adult’s Division 3 and Championship Division.
22 competitive co-ed teams from 4 states (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin) are competing in the two day tournament. Brookfield East High School is an accessible venue that welcomes the tournament and its athletes who use wheelchairs.
The NWBA frequently has their most-competitive youth athletes go on to compete as adults in Paralympic Games (held just after the Olympic Games in the same sports venues).
The Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks adult teams currently feature 6 current US and German national team athletes preparing for the Paralympics 2016 and 4 former Paralympic coaches and athletes.
Here's the schedule:
February 20th 8:00 am - 10:00 pm.
February 21st 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Championship games will be held at 2.