B-Adaptive Foundation (BAF) will co-host “Wheelchair Tennis Global Challenge” with Japan Wheelchair Sports Association.
This will be BAF’s second event following “JTB Wheelchair Tennis Summer Challenge” held in July, 2017. This time, BAF will invite 4 junior wheelchair tennis players selected by Japan Wheelchair Sports Association from Japan, and a few others from Canada and the United States to Los Angeles, CA and have them play the international exhibition matches.
This will be an international exchange event featuring players from three countries held in Los Angeles, the host city of 2028 Paralympic games, and all participating players are teenagers and hopeful to be playing at the 2028 games.
The invited players will soon start competing internationally, and BAF hopes that they will benefit by being exposed to their future rivals at the global stage. BAF will also prepare various opportunities especially for the players from Japan to gain experiences to acknowledge that their potential is unlimited.
Lastly, there will be an opportunity for the local community to interact with the players to experience and learn the people with disabilities and adaptive sports.
“Wheelchair Tennis Global Challenge” is comprised of the followings. More details will be announced as determined.
1. Qualification event in Japan
Date: Saturday, October 21st, 2017
Venue: Club Magi-no, Ryugasaki-city, Ibaraki, Japan
· Qualification event organized by Japan Wheelchair Sports Association to select players
· Players are selected based on various factors on and off the tennis court.
2. “Wheelchair tennis global challenge” featuring the international exhibition matches by junior wheelchair tennis players from the U.S., Canada, and Japan.
Date: From January 2nd to January 8th, 2018 (tentative)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
· International wheelchair tennis matches played by junior players from Canada, Japan and the United States. Games are scheduled on January 6th and 7th.
· The interaction with players in the same generation from other countries gives each participant more benefits. BAF would also like players to learn the different environments surrounding people with disabilities by each country.
· For players from Japan, BAF hopes that players are exposed to the infrastructures and social environment where people with disabilities can enjoy the wide variety of activities.
· BAF would also like to create the opportunity for local community to interact with the players so that they can learn and the environmental difference between Japan and the U.S.