LOBOS ARE ROLLING
Tucson Lobos is southern Arizona's community basketball program. We offer recreational play and competitive teams that play in tournaments sanctioned by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.
The Tucson Lobos was started in 2003 by members of the Arizona Paralyzed Veterans Association with just a hand full of players at the Division 3/Recreational level. Over the years the Lobos have recruited new players from the community. In 2016 the Lobos tripled in size with twenty players ages 18 - 72 years old on the roster. In 2019 we will add a Division 1 and Division 2 team and an all women's team: the Arizona Storm.
The Lobos practice Tuesdays & Thursdays 5pm-8pm at the City of Tucson Donna Liggins Recreation Center 2160 N 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85712 thanks to a collaboration with the City Therapeutic Recreation Department. "City support is vital," says Mia Hansen, Executive Director of Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports (SAAS). Tucson Jewish Community Center (JCC) hosts the wheelchair basketball practices on Wednesdays 7pm-10pm and Saturday afternoons. "The JCC support has been enormously helpful," continues Hansen.
The Lobos raise money for sports wheelchairs, tires & parts, uniforms and travel expenses to tournaments in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Utah and California. The Team is all-volunteer and operates under Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports (SAAS), a nonprofit that promotes and provides recreational & competitive sports opportunities for people with disabilities.
Off the court, the Tucson Lobos are ‘roll models’ participating in outreach activities, basketball exhibitions and talking about their life experiences. Schools, businesses, hospitals and rehabilitation centers are excellent partners for the Lobos Roll Model program. “Our athletes lead by example”, says Hansen. “They give as much as they get.”
For more information or to support the Tucson Lobos:
Mia Hansen 520-370-0588 firstname.lastname@example.org