Wheelchair basketball is a dynamic, exciting sport. While there are some significant differences between it and it's traditional counterpart, wheelchair basketball requires athleticism, agility and finesse.
Challenge Alaska is excited to offer wheelchair basketball to the Anchorage community. Wheelchair basketball is currently held at Spenard Recreation Center on Wednesday evenings during the season.
Play is "drop-in" style, with different teams being formed weekly. Referees are volunteers and/or Challenge Alaska staff. Some weeks the play takes a more competitive style, while other weeks it's much more relaxed. All players are welcome and more experienced players are there to help newer players develop skills to make the game more enjoyable.
We will have a 12 week season Wednesday evenings January 10 - March 20, 2024. Times vary depending on rec center hours, so check below. Community wheelchair basketball is open to everyone regardless of age, level of experience or level of ability. The only requirements are the ability to understand and follow the rules of the sport, and the ability to safely operate a wheelchair in close proximity to others.
Dates for Winter 2024 are:
All players must play in a wheelchair (manual sport wheelchairs provided on a first-come, first-serve basis). Each player must have a current waiver on file with Challenge Alaska staff (can be signed at the gym by individual or legal guardian - no exceptions) prior to play. Cost of admission is $5 general admission fee to the recreation center. There is an additional $2 fee for sport chair use paid to Challenge Alaska.
Wheelchair Basketball 101
The rules to wheelchair basketball are as similar to NCAA basketball as possible and are modified only as necessary to accommodate players using wheelchairs. Some of the key differences are:
Challenge Alaska is a
740 Bonanza Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99518
426 Crystal Mountain Road
(Mailing: PO Box 1166)
Girdwood, AK 99587