Award-Winning Film The Rebound to Screen at the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association will host a public screening of the award-winning documentary, The Rebound, for 1,000 attendees as a part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical in Louisville, Kentucky on March 31 at 8 pm.
The screening, presented by Per4max Wheelchairs, will take place at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center in the Main Ballroom.
Tickets are open to the public and available with free RSVP at:
The NWBA and The Rebound announce a two-year partnership focused on increasing awareness and expanding participation in wheelchair basketball at all levels. Collaborative initiatives, including The Rebound Premiere at NWBT, will be aimed at engaging and empowering community members and organizations in a grassroots movement to grow the sport.
“Partnering with the NWBA is a major step forward in harnessing the power of this film to help increase awareness and understanding of wheelchair basketball. It has the unique ability to bring communities together and motivate audiences to take action. Working with the NWBA and it’s members, we’re excited to create a groundswell of support for the sport and create a more equal playing field for athletes of all abilities.” – Mike Esposito, Producer of The Rebound
The Rebound follows the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels, a wheelchair basketball team, in their quest for a national title, despite the team’s dwindling resources. Three adaptive athletes rally their team towards the title while striving for their own dreams on and off the court. In a city known for its sports and diversity, the players have an opportunity for second chances, and to win against all odds.
“In order to continue to increase awareness of the importance of wheelchair basketball, it is important for us to partner with The Rebound,” said Jim Scherr, NWBA Executive Director. “The film’s title exemplifies the passion and spirit of our athletes. It is fitting to kick off the partnership by premiering the film at the NWBT. The Rebound Team has created an excellent vehicle to provide our membership with an opportunity to create interest for wheelchair basketball across the country, as well as provide a fundraising platform with a turn-key event, like the Rebound Screening we will have in Louisville.”
The NWBT screening will be attended by members of the Miami Heat Wheels, Paralympic athletes and many other notable members of the community. The event will serve as the kickoff to a national screenings tour for The Rebound in partnership with the NWBA in an effort to increase awareness of wheelchair basketball, improve access to adaptive sports opportunities for people of all abilities, and inspire a generation to live beyond their challenges.
Attendees of the NWBT movie premiere on March 31 can enter for free to win an Impact Grant for a screening in their city by reserving a seat through the official event RSVP page: TheReboundNWBT.eventbrite.com
The Rebound is presented by Shaina Koren Cinematography in association with DNA Films and One Day One Cause. The Rebound is directed by Shaina Allen, produced by Mike Esposito, and executive produced by Nick Nanton, and JW Dicks. For more information on The Rebound please visit www.reboundthefilm.com.
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ABOUT THE NWBA:
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is the recognized National Organization for Wheelchair Basketball by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation and the High Performance Management Organization by the United States Olympic Committee. The NWBA trains and selects teams for participation in the Paralympic Games, World Championships, and other international competitions. The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is comprised of over 200 wheelchair basketball teams across 22 conferences and seven divisions. The NWBA was founded in 1948, and today consists of seven divisions including: Adult Division (I-III), Women’s Division, Intercollegiate Men’s Division and Intercollegiate Women’s Division, as well a Junior and Junior Prep Divisions.
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association hosts the NWBA National Tournament each year where the top teams from each division come together to compete for their national title. The 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical is scheduled for Louisville, Kentucky, March 30-April 2. For more information, visit: www.nwba.org.