Invacare Corporation Proudly Sponsors 2002 Special Olympics Ohio and Its North Section Basketball Tournament

ELYRIA, Ohio, Feb 28, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC), the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative medical products which promote recovery and active lifestyles for those who require home or other non-acute health care, is proud to sponsor the 2002 Ohio Special Olympics as Lorain County Community College hosts the North Section Basketball Tournament March 1-3.

The North Section Basketball Tournament brings together more than 500 Special Olympics athletes from across 15 counties and more than 2,500 student and community volunteers. Participating schools are located in area communities such as Amherst, Avon, Columbia Station, Elyria, Grafton, LaGrange, Lakewood, Lorain, Lodi, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Rocky River, Sheffield, South Amherst, Sullivan, Vermilion, Wakeman, Wellington and Westlake. For the 2001 tournament, Special Olympics estimates some 10,000 volunteer hours were provided to support the event.

The mission of Special Olympics Ohio is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with mental retardation. The competition gives Special Olympics athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Olympics provides year-round competition opportunities for athletes at the local, area and state levels. There are approximately 125 local and area events and eight statewide competitions each year. In addition, every two years Special Olympics Ohio sends a team of athletes to compete in the World Games, which alternate between winter and summer sports.

Special Olympics Ohio has approximately 190 local member organizations and more than 17,000 athletes who are in training and competition. These organizations originate from county boards for mental retardation and developmental disabilities, public schools, developmental centers, parks and recreation departments, churches, and parent and community groups.

Events begin Friday, March 1, at Lorain County Community College at 1005 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, at the Ewings Activities Center and the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center.

Adult Division I action begins Friday night with games at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. Semi-finals are Saturday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with the championship match on Sunday, March 3, at 12:45 p.m.

In Adult Division II, first-round play begins on Friday night at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Semi-finals are on Saturday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., with the championship event on Sunday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m.

Senior Division III competition begins Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., with the final round on Sunday, March 3, at 11:30 a.m.

Open Division, Adult Division IV and Adult Division II pair only two teams against one another for the final round. Open Division teams face off Saturday, March 2, at 2:15 p.m., while Adult Division IV action is on Sunday, March 3, at 11:30 a.m. Adult Division II teams meet Sunday, March 3, at 11 a.m.

For more information, contact North Section Tournament Directors Joe Antonucci at (330) 634-8950, Jeff Vermillion at (440) 846-5136, or Curt Howard at (800) 995-5222, ext. 7074.

Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home medical products which promote recovery and active lifestyles through more than 25,000 providers. The company, which had 2000 revenues of $1.05 billion, goes to market in the following channels of distribution: home care, mass retail and institutional. Within these channels of distribution, Invacare participates in the following product segments: Home Care, which includes rehab products, respiratory products, manual wheelchairs, home care beds, therapeutic support surfaces and personal care products marketed by Invacare's Home Care Group; Soft Goods and Supplies, which includes ostomy, incontinence, wound care and diabetic supplies marketed by Invacare Supply Group; and Institutional, which includes nursing home beds, patient lifts and slings, nursing home furniture and bathing systems marketed by Invacare Continuing Care Group. The company's headquarters are in Elyria, Ohio, and the firm has manufacturing plants in the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. For more information about the company, visit Invacare's website at
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