This weekend, more than 100 young athletes from across the East Coast region will meet and compete in the 24th Annual Katie Kirlin Youth Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.
The Katie Kirlin Fund supports the regional tournament in addition to local team Katie’s Komets. The fund was established by Kirlin’s family to honor his achievements in wheelchair athletics.
The fund provides grants to sponsor wheelchair sports nights, purchase wheelchairs designed specifically for athletes, and support wheelchair sports programs.
The tournament will take place this weekend between January 22 and 23. The tournament will take place at the High School of the Future in Philadelphia.
Five organizations with more than 100 athletes will take part in this weekend’s tournament. This East Coast regional tournament is for athletes ages eight to 18. The divisions are divided into younger athletes, beginners and more advanced players.
The 2022 youth wheelchair basketball teams include Katie’s Komets of Philadelphia with away competition featuring Bennett Blazers of Baltimore, MD; the Fairfax Falcons of Fairfax, VA; New York’s Rolling Fury and the Ryan Martin Foundation Trojans of Norwalk, CT.
The tournament is presented by Toyota. Participants will compete for the chance to participate in the annual National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) tournament.
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell called the Katie Kirlin Wheelchair Basketball Tournament a highlight of the department’s annual lineup.
“We are so proud of this year’s athletes and so grateful to welcome competitors back to Philadelphia this year. Good luck to all participants!” said Lovell.
Spectators are welcome to watch the tournament. Admission will be free and masks will be mandatory at all times inside.
The two days of this weekend’s tournament will have varying start times. The schedule for the weekend tournament will be as follows:
- Saturday January 22: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday January 23: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The High School of the Future, where the tournament will take place, is located at 4021 Parkside Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.