Wheelchair basketball league hoops cash
Organizers with a provincial sports event happening in Coquitlam next year got a gift from the provincial government this month.
The BC Wheelchair Basketball League received a $2,500 Hosting BC grant for its finals that are taking place on March 2 and 3 at Pinetree community centre.
Since the program started, the government has doled out $241,500 in Hosting BC grants for 64 sporting events — such as snowboarding, volleyball, canoeing, sailing, gymnastics and triathlon — in 25 communities; the grants usually range from $3,000 to $15,000, depending on the level of competition.
Of the $2,500 grant, BC Liberal MLA Doug Horne (Coquitlam-Burke Mountain) said in a news release, "This funding is a great way to showcase our city while promoting sport and active lifestyles across the province. I’m pleased we were able to help facilitate such a great event and I look forward to cheering everybody on."
The BC Wheelchair Basketball League provides competitive opportunities for male and female (junior and adult) teams around the province. The participants have a range of disabilities and mobility impairments; the league also features two divisions for different levels of ability and experience.
Meanwhile, BCWBS is looking for volunteers for the Coquitlam finals. To help with scorekeeping, gym set up and take down, and game direction, email firstname.lastname@example.org.