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Rochester Wheels win third place in Steve Barbato memorial basketball tournament

Rochester Wheels adult wheelchair basketball team demonstrates the significant abilities of athletes with disabilities through competition, tournaments and exhibition games. In the first Steve Barbato Memorial Basketball Tournament, the Rochester Wheels were honored to place third because the event played tribute to one of the team's most beloved members and longtime coach. You can read the entire news article about the tournament from the Democrat and Chronicle. To view photos of tournament click the Democrat and Chronicle photo gallery

View YNN's video story on Rochester Wheels inaugural Steve Barbato Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.

View Messenger Post's coverage of the tournament.

Audiences delight in watching the Wheels take on staff from local schools and members of area organizations. Everyone plays the game from a wheelchair.


Today, the team has 17 members from Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse and competes in tournaments throughout the northeast and Canada. Securing gymnasium space for games and covering travel costs for the team are a constant challenge.

Watch a Rochester Wheels Exhibition Game Video

To donate, offer gym space, fundraise or sponsor an exhibition game, contact SportsNet Manager Anita O'Brien at 585.271.1894 ext. 1742.

SportsNet is an inclusive sports and recreation program of Rochester Rehabilitation. We are located at 1000 Elmwood Avenue on the corner of Elmwood and South Avenues (Door 6) on the Al Sigl Community of Agencies campus.