School Presentations & Rentals
Wheelchair Basketball Schools Program
Created in partnership with Wheelchair Basketball Canada, this program introduces and promotes the inclusive sport of wheelchair basketball and encourages youth of all ages and abilities to be physically active.
The Schools Program was also made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)¹.
Our Schools Program has traveled all across the Greater Toronto Area, introducing this sport to well over 100,000 students in more than 200 schools since the program began in 2017. We plan to continue to deliver this program to as many schools as possible; however, priority will be given to schools that have students with a physical disability.
Our Schools Program is divided into three sections:
- Wheelchair Basketball Presentation
Over the course of a 40 to 60 minute assembly-style presentation, staff and students will learn the rules and regulations of the sport from an ONPARA athlete ambassador. Students will get a chance to witness the athlete’s athleticism as they demonstrate ball handling, passing, and their skills in a sport chair. The presentation then transitions into a question period that allows students to ask the athlete about the wheelchair basketball, their disability, and their everyday life. We end the presentation with an exciting game of wheelchair basketball and if there’s enough time, we’ll even get students to face-off against the teachers! Our presentations are a fun-filled and informative way to introduce your school to an adaptive and inclusive sport. Details on how to book a presentation can be found here.
- Sport Wheelchair Rentals
After receiving a presentation, a school will have the opportunity to rent 10 to 12 sport wheelchairs through our rental program. These sport chairs will stay at the school for an entire week and are to be used during physical education classes. With the sport chairs being at the school for a week, this gives a school the opportunity to have more students utilize the chairs. To ensure the chairs are being used correctly, we will provide you with an athlete ambassador or a coach to assist teachers in Phys. Ed classes during the rental week. Details on how to book our sport chairs for a week can be found here.
- Wheelchair Basketball Festival
After participating in our rental program, secondary schools will have the opportunity to showcase their wheelchair basketball skills against local schools that have also participated in our program. Twice a year, secondary school students will demonstrate what they have learned in a one-day, 3on3 wheelchair basketball tournament. The Halton and Peel regions will have their festival in December while Toronto and Durham regions will have their festival in June.
Looking for more information? Feel free to reach out!
Schools Program Manager
Ontario Para Network
¹An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. For more information, please visit www.otf.ca
Photo courtesy of Wheelchair Basketball Canada