basketball.jpgMIAMI – The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will join the city of Miami Springs Parks and Recreation Department in presenting the “Miami Heat Wheels Invitational Tournament” starting 9 a.m. Jan. 18-19 at the Miami Springs Recreation Center, 1401 Westward Dr., Miami Springs.

The tournament is sanctioned by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). Competing in this tournament is Miami-Dade County Parks’ own Miami Heat Wheels adult wheelchair basketball team, which is ranked #2 in Florida and #8 nationally among the NWBA’s Division III teams. Competitors will include the Sunrise Suns, the Tampa Bay Strongdogs, the Orlando Magic Wheels, the Ft. Lauderdale Sharks, the Jacksonville Books Ballers, Team Puerto Rico, and the Philadelphia Magee 76ers.

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat Wheels team will be in Louisville, Ky., April 3-6, to compete in the NWBA Championships.

Admission to the local tournament is free and the hosts are encouraging fans to come out to support their local wheelchair basketball team and meet players after the games. 

For more information on this event, call Diana Bonet, Miami-Dade County Parks Disability Services, at 305-380-9106, or email