Pioneer Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
For 30 years the Pioneer Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at Lakeshore Foundation in Homewood has showcased the nation’s top talent in the sport. Recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious wheelchair basketball tournaments in the nation several adult and youth teams compete annually, totaling more than 150 athletes each tournament.
The Pioneer Classic began in 1987 when Jo Fowler, along with other members of the phone company’s all-volunteer community service organization, known as the Pioneers, raised funding for Lakeshore’s first wheelchair basketball invitational. All games are FREE and open to the public. (Annually in January)
Demolition Derby Wheelchair Rugby Tournament
Each year exciting wheelchair rugby action comes to Lakeshore Foundation when teams from across the country travel to Birmingham. Host team Lakeshore Demolition, recognized as one of the premier wheelchair rugby programs in the country, welcomes teams for three days of competition featuring around 120 athletes. Lakeshore has hosted this event since 1997.
Wheelchair rugby is one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world and Lakeshore continues to give national and club teams the opportunity to compete in a world-class setting. (Annually in January or February)