COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association and Louisville Sports Commission are excited to play host to the 70th anniversary of the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBT), presented by ABC Medical, on April 12-15 in Louisville, Kentucky. The NWBT has been held in Louisville since 2013, with this being the 11th time the tournament has called Kentucky home.
The 2018 NWBT presented by ABC Medical will serve as the national championships for the Adult Division (I, II & III) and Junior Division (Prep & Varsity). The Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) will continue to serve as the competition venue. KEC is also the site of historic Freedom Hall, former home to University of Louisville basketball and host of numerous NCAA Final Fours.
The Omni Louisville Hotel will serve as the host hotel for the 2018 NWBT presented by ABC Medical. The Omni Louisville Hotel is the new cornerstone of downtown Louisville reflecting the essence of the city and is only 15 minutes from Louisville International Airport. The NWBA will be among the first guest of the Omni Louisville Hotel. The Omni Louisville Hotel features 612 elegantly appointed guest rooms in the heart of downtown Louisville.
The first edition of the Fact Sheet is now available for the 2018 NWBT presented by ABC Medical. The Fact Sheet will be updated as more information is available. Please check for updates and more information on the 2018 NWBT webpage at http://www.nwba.org/2018nwbt.
The 2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical set new records in participating teams (95), athletes (1,045), games (190), divisions of play (6) and national titles (5). The tournament also included a variety of special events including a celebrity game, showcase games and skill development sessions.
Louisville has tremendous experience hosting major and international sporting competitions such as the UCI Cyclocross World Championships, Ryder Cup, Breeders’ Cup, PGA Championship and numerous NCAA Championships. And, as home to the Kentucky Derby for 142 years, it is woven into the fabric of the community to embrace events and visitors from around the world.
In addition, Louisville offers other family-friendly attractions including the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Muhammad Ali Center, Belle of Louisville, Frazier History Museum, Louisville Science Center and the Louisville Mega Cavern and Mega Zips.
Local sponsors of the event include Frazier Rehab Institute, KentuckyOne Health, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Louisville Sport Commission and Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation.