SPIRE Institute and Cleveland Cavaliers Host Kids Clinic, Charity Wheelchair Basketball Game with U.S. Men’s Olympic Wheelchair Team

GENEVA, Ohio - September 12, 2011 - To welcome and help support the U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team, SPIRE Institute (www.spireinstitute.org), and the Cleveland Cavaliers are hosting a Kids Skills Clinic and Charity Wheelchair Basketball Game on Friday, September 16, at 6:30 p.m. at SPIRE Institute. Team U.S.A. is training at SPIRE, one the world's largest and most unique training, competition, education and wellness complexes with Olympic caliber facilities, in preparation for the London 2012 Paralympic games.

Led by Head Coach Byron Scott, basketball players of all ages and abilities are invited to the Kids Clinic, where they will take part in drills led by Coach Scott and his staff. Following the clinic, Coach Scott, General Manager Chris Grant, and a team of Cavs legends including Larry Nance, Austin Carr, and Campy Russell will scrimmage the U.S Men’s Olympic Wheelchair Basketball team in a charity match. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the U.S. Men’s Olympic Wheelchair Basketball Team as they prepare for the London 2012 Paralympic games.

“We are very happy to partner with SPIRE Institute for this important event to benefit these amazing athletes representing our country at the London 2012 Paralympic games,” said Chris Grant, general manager, Cleveland Cavaliers. “We are also excited to host the skills clinic for kids from throughout our region and then scrimmage Team U.S.A. to help bring attention to the high level of strength, skill and determination it takes to play wheelchair basketball.”

While at SPIRE, Team U.S.A. will utilize SPIRE’s world class facilities including an expansive basketball facility. Consisting of a one-of-a-kind, multipurpose court surface that accommodates six full-sized basketball courts and delivers enhanced training and competition advantages, SPIRE’s basketball facilities provide the ideal location for individual and team training. All SPIRE facilities were designed to accommodate athletes of all ages and abilities. With elite athletes, Paralympians, Special Olympians, weekend warriors and Wounded Warriors all learning and training side by side, SPIRE can help anyone reach their full potential in academics, athletics, and in life.

“Our team only has limited playing time to build the chemistry needed to succeed at the international level,” said Will Waller, member, U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. “SPIRE’s facilities and capability to host our team has made it the ideal location for us to prepare to take on the world at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.”

SPIRE Institute Founder Ron Clutter, along with his wife Tracy, launched the non-profit Geneva Area Recreational, Educational and Athletic Trust (GaREAT) and SPIRE Institute with the vision of creating the most inclusive mix of students and athletes ever assembled. In October 2011, SPIRE Institute will open the Michael Johnson Performance Training (MJPT) Center as well as a new state of the art Aquatics Center. The MJPT Center will serve as the core of every sport training program and provide individual and team high-endurance training and conditioning.

Scheduled to open in the fall of 2012, SPIRE Academy and its nationally renowned coaches will offer residential training programs in swimming, soccer, track and field and volleyball. It will be the first residential Academy custom designed with an equal emphasis on both education and athletic training and will offer these four initial sports that have not been done in one comprehensive multi-sport Academy. Lacrosse will come on line in 2013. The Academy will offer residential semesters, weekend training sessions and week-long summer camps and will feature the most diverse and inclusive collection of athletes assembled on one campus.

“SPIRE is proud to welcome the U.S. Men’s Olympic Wheelchair Team and we are honored they chose to train here,” Clutter said. “One of our core beliefs at SPIRE is that through sport, individuals learn the skills and traits needed to reach their full potential on the court and in life. These athletes exemplify this and we look forward to watching their success.”

Admission to the September 16th event is now FREE to the public. For more information, please visit www.spireinstitute.org or call (888) 894-9424.

About SPIRE Institute
SPIRE Institute integrates sports and education, training and learning, in a way that has never been done before with a focus on the development of the whole self. With more than 750,000 sq. ft. under roof and acres of outdoor facilities, it has the unique capacity to simultaneously host clubs, leagues, tournaments and Championship events no matter the weather or the season. SPIRE’s holistic approach integrates health and wellness programs; including conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, and physical therapy. SPIRE Institute is part of the Geneva area Recreational, Educational and Athletic Trust, a non-profit organization that re-invests every dollar back into the development of its athletes, its programs and its facilities.