Photo Courtesy of National Wheelchair Basketball Association

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s (NWBA) International Tournament of Champions is coming to the Lake Norman region August 7-14, 2011.  The event, secured by Visit Lake Norman, will bring 250 of the world’s most elite wheelchair basketball athletes and coaches to compete for the championship title.  The event is expected to generate an estimated $502,500 in visitor spending and 900 hotel room nights.  Visit Lake Norman assisted organizers to secure host hotels located in both Cornelius and Huntersville.

Teams will be holding training camps in the area beginning July 31, 2011.  The USA Men’s team, along with teams from Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and Japan, is looking forward to a rematch with the Australian defending 2010 World Champions.  The USA Women will be defending their title of World Champions and Paralympics Champions against Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and Japan.  The games will be web broadcast to over 15,000 people worldwide on NWBA U-TV.

The tournament competitions will be held in Cornelius at Bailey Middle and JV Washam Elementary, and in Huntersville at Barnette Elementary, Hopewell High, Huntersville Elementary, Lake Norman Charter Middle, and Lake Norman Charter High.   Visit Lake Norman worked in partnership with Cornelius PARC, Hopewell High, and Huntersville Parks and Recreation to secure facilities to host the event.

“The NWBA with its International Tournament of Champions wheelchair basketball tournament has been totally embraced with great southern hospitality by Visit Lake Norman and the Cornelius and Huntersville Parks and Recreation Departments.” says Dick Bryant, NWBA President.   “The anticipation of the Top Elite International Wheelchair basketball coming to these communities is exciting, and these are places they will never forget with the best darn folks in America!”