14 inspiring teams from across the nation to compete in wheelchair basketball tournament

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San Diego Wolfpack, the military adaptive sports team supported by Warrior Foundation Freedom Station.

Event takes place Feb. 7-9 at Del Mar Fairgrounds

Warrior Foundation Freedom Station presents the 4th Annual Brad Rich Invitational, one of America’s biggest wheelchair basketball tournaments, on Feb. 7-9 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The San Diego community is invited to attend this action-packed event featuring 14 of the best teams from across the nation, including the San Diego Wolfpack, the military adaptive sports team supported by Warrior Foundation Freedom Station. The tournament will take place across three courts and 30 games, with teams representing New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, Utah, Albuquerque and more.

The Wolfpack was established in 2012 at Naval Medical Center San Diego and currently includes active duty and veteran players from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Navy. A group of recovering service members, led by Marine Corporal Josue Barron, who lost his left leg and left eye due to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, requested a therapeutic outlet that would provide the sense of teamwork and purpose they had experienced while serving. While these heroes had sustained life-changing injuries such as amputations, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries, they chose to focus on possibilities – not disabilities. The hugely successful Wolfpack went on to win the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Association Division II Championships and is ranked 6th in the nation.

The Brad Rich Invitational will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Wyland Center, located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 92014. The hours are as follows: Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Feb. 9 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free.

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