University of Providence Presents Wheelchair Basketball Tourney

Date: March 15, 2017

Contact: Marketing Office, 406.791.5306

For Immediate Release

GREAT FALLS, MT – The University of Providence disABILITY Awareness Club will hold its eighth annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Fundraiser at the McLaughlin Center on Saturday, March 25, starting at 10 a.m. Eight teams will compete, including three community teams and five University of Providence campus-community teams. The public is invited to attend.

Concessions and raffle items will be available. All proceeds from the raffle, concessions, and a free-will offering will support braille signage for University of Providence campus buildings.

According to University of Providence Disability Counselor Kay Seilstad, the tournament will officially kick off Disability Awareness Week at University of Providence. The week will also include Mental Health Awareness Day, sponsored by University of Providence and Great Falls College MSU, on Wednesday, March 29, with activities and presentations delivered on both campuses. A workshop on March 27 in the University of Providence Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will provide tips on etiquette when interacting with vision impaired persons and assistive technology.

Jerry Clark, independent living specialist with North Central Independent Living and University of Providence alumnus, started the wheelchair basketball tournament as a student. “The University of Providence Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Fundraiser is a great time for everyone to come out and have fun while learning about disability awareness,” Clark said.

Prospective players can sign up with the team captains or at the TRiO, Center for Academic Excellence. For more information, contact Kay Seilstad at 791.5212.