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Nation’s best wheelchair rugby teams lining up for national championship tournament at local Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center

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Defending national champion Texas Stampede from Cedar Park and hometown favorite, the unbeaten Phoenix 360 Heat, are among the nation’s top teams to qualify for the 2017 United States Quad Rugby Association National Tournament April 20-22 in Phoenix. (Submitted photo)

Defending national champion Texas Stampede from Cedar Park and hometown favorite, the unbeaten Phoenix 360 Heat, are among the nation’s top teams to qualify for the 2017 United States Quad Rugby Association (USQRA) National Tournament April 20-22 at Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center, 5031 E. Washington St. in Phoenix.

The tournament is presented by Vantage Mobility International (vmivans.com), one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of wheelchair van conversions.

Defending national champion Texas Stampede from Cedar Park and hometown favorite, the unbeaten Phoenix 360 Heat, are among the nation’s top teams to qualify for the 2017 United States Quad Rugby Association National Tournament April 20-22 in Phoenix. (Submitted photo)

Qualifying teams to date from regional and sectional tournaments across the country include:

  • 360 Heat (Phoenix)
  • Texas Stampede (Cedar Park, Texas)
  • Tampa Generals (Tampa)
  • Michigan Storm (Grand Rapids)
  • St. Louis Spartans (St. Louis)
  • MedStar Punishers (Washington, D.C.)
  • Seattle Slam, (Seattle)
  • Minnesota Steelheads (Golden Valley, Minnesota)
  • Lakeshore Demolition (Birmingham)
  • Portland Pounders (Portland)
  • Shepherd Smash (Atlanta)

Up to 16 teams are expected to compete. There is no admission charge for spectators.

Tournament teams will be seeded in two divisions and compete in a preliminary round robin format with national champions to be determined through single elimination matches in the final round.

Matches begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 20, Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. Last matches on Thursday and Friday begin at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Division 2 Championship single elimination rounds begin at 1 p.m. with Division 1 Championship round beginning at 3 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow the final match.

Complete information can be found at: www.ability360.org/sports.

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