“We have done a lot of work with Ability360 over the past few years and it was a no-brainer when we had the opportunity to join forces,” AMP1 team member Richard Ramsay said. “With this partnership we really hope to grow the sport of stand-up amputee basketball and one day make it a Paralympic sport.

The Paralympics, like the Olympics, consider which sports will be included every four years based on numerous criteria. Every Paralympics will feature new sports that are often played initially as exhibitions and then become competitive sports in the following years.  To be considered it must be played in numerous countries and have existing leagues with established teams and consistent rules and regulations.  Ability360 hosts the Cactus Classic, the only 3-on-3 basketball stand-up tournament in the country. “By teaming up we hope to draw more attention to Phoenix and the tournaments,” Ramsay said.

Ability 360 Sports and Fitness Center sponsors and promotes para-sports, making it possible for individuals with disabilities to participate in competitive team sports at a local level and to condition some athletes to work toward national competitions such as the Paralympics. The amputee stand-up basketball team is the newest addition to Ability360 sports.

Stand-up amputee basketball was created for those who want and are able to play the game standing up. As the name implies, all players have an amputation of at least one limb. Wheelchair basketball is usually the first recommendation for an amputee, but this option excludes players with upper extremity amputations unless they also have a lower body disability.

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