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National Wheelchair Basketball Championships held in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An inspiring group of athletes take the court at the Kentucky Expo Center to battle it out in the national championships Sunday.

"The disabled community is a pretty close knit community," player Darlene Hunter said.

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association brought 1,000 athletes representing 82 teams from across the country to compete in the national tournament starting Thursday, April 3.

"When I lost my leg, I'm an above knee amputee, I got involved with it right away. I was lucky and fortunate - it opened up a lot of doors," coach Gerry Fleming said.

Sunday, the adult championships wrapped up the season.

"To be able to come to Louisville and have everything under one roof here is fantastic. It's great exposure. It's great for Louisville to see wheelchair basketball and the level that we're able to play," player Chris Commer said.

The Carolina Tarwheels beat the San Diego Wolfpack to earn the Division III title. The women's title went to the University of Arizona Wildcats after a good game against the Phoenix Banner Mercury.

The tournament culminated with the National Championship Division title game between the New York Roller Knicks and the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks. New York came out on top with a final score of 76 to 54.

The NWBA was founded in 1948 and today consists of more than 200 basketball teams throughout the United States. To find out more visit their website, www.nwba.org, or check out NWBA's Facebook page.

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