TALLMADGE — The city’s recreation center is hosting the 2019 Toyota National Adult Division II Wheelchair Basketball Tournament championships this weekend.

The Division I tournament follows at the recreation center, March 22-24. Thirty-two teams from across the country — including those from New York, Utah, California, Arizona, Colorado and Illinois — are expected to compete.

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) — which is in its 70th season — said the tournament will have about 400 participants, and the games are open to the public.

Will Waller, a Hudson resident and board member of the NWBA, issued a statement earlier this year.

“We want people to know that they are going to see elite athletes competing in both competitions,” he said. “They will be blown away by the combination of finesse and strength that our athletes use in maneuvering their chairs to gain advantage.” 

The NWBA was founded to support veterans returning from World War II, and military veterans still make up its core membership.

The championship game starts at 10 a.m. Sunday. Single-game tickets are available on site and cost $19 for adults and $10 for children 11 and older. Children 10 and younger can enter free.

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