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    Message from NWBA Leadership

    12/15/2017, 9:15am CST
    By NWBA

    NWBA Members,

    The NWBA conducted a survey shared with all registered NWBA members following the 2016-17 NWBA season to solicit feedback on NWBA operations. The response rate for this survey was 6.7% of registered NWBA members. This response rate is above industry standards for surveys conducted via email with an average open rate of 10-15% that provides an average completion rate of 30-40%. There were two common themes within the survey results, which are captured below: 

    1. Conduct the NWBT in a three-day format vs. four-day format

      • ​​Status - As you will see with the NWBT Tournament Schedule & Fact Sheet we have implemented this request with some creativity while maintaining the integrity of the competition  

    2. There was an overwhelming request (78% of survey responses) to expand upon the Annual Delegates Meeting. To properly accommodate this request, the NWBA plans to provide a new event to the NWBA membership that would allow: ​ 

      • More time to discuss important NWBA strategies and initiatives with the membership

      • Increase productivity of divisional and committee meetings

      • Provide educational and best practice sessions, in which we can learn from others though round table discussions

      • Status - We are actively working to secure a location to host a summer convention that would accomplish this request

    As we secure details, location and dates, for the convention we will immediately release the information for your planning and budgeting purposes.  We are excited about this opportunity as it will provide the membership more time to understand where the organization is and where it is going. Just as important, this will allow us time to hear feedback from the membership, as well as collectively work on solutions that will make us even stronger moving forward.

    Thank you and Happy Holidays,

    Sarah Castle & Anthony Bartkowski

     

    This Week in the NWBA (Dec. 11-17)

    12/13/2017, 3:00pm CST
    By NWBA

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is excited to offer sanctioned events in Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida and California this week.

    All events are open to the public. The NWBA asks that teams and spectators share their experience by posting their photos and tagging the NWBA. Use the hashtag #NWBA to be featured on our social media sites.

     

    8th Annual Capital Wheelchair Basketball Invitational (Dec. 16-17)

    The Medstar National Rehab Hospital will host the 8th Annual Capital Wheelchair Basketball Invitational this weekend at Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex at 7007 Bock Rd in Fort Washington, MD.

    The tournament will include the following teams from Adult Division I and II: New York Rollin’ Knicks, Toronto Rollin’ Raptors – DI, Shepherd Stealers – DI, Medstar NRH Punishers and Austin Recer’s – DII.

    Visit the event webpage at https://www.facebook.com/events/2016587871904049/.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Joan Joyce at (202) 877-1859 or harsh912@gmail.com.

     

    2017 PossAbilities Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Dec. 17)

    The Rolling Bears Wheelchair Athletic Association and host team PossAblitites Rolling Bears will play host to four teams from Adult Division II. The event will take place at the Drayson Center, 25040 Stewart Street, in Loma Linda, CA.

    For more information, please contact Event Director David Cazares at (951) 482-9725 or rollingbears51@yahoo.com.

     

    RCRC Lightning Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Dec. 16-17)

    The RCRC Lightning, supported by the Richland County Recreational Commission, are hosting this event at Denny Terrace Community Center, 6429 Bishop Avenue, in Columbia, SC. The event will showcase eight teams from Adult Division II and III.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Chris Strother at (803) 467-8661 or cstrother0704@gmail.com.

     

    Boyle Heights Kodiak’s DII One Day Mini-Tournament (Dec. 16)

    The Boyle Heights Kodiak’s DII One Day Mini-Tournament will be held on Saturday, December 16 at the Ramon Garcia Recreational Center, 1016 S. Fresno Street, in Los Angeles, CA. The tournament field will include teams from the Adult Division II and III.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Hector Rodriguez at (323) 578-1578 or kodiaksboyleheights@gmail.com.

     

    Sullivan Classic (Dec. 16-17)

    The Sullivan Classic will be hosted by the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital at the Riverwinds Community Center, 1000 Riverwinds Drive, in West Deptford, New Jersey. The tournament will host teams from Adult Division II and III.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Keith Newerla at (215) 587-3412 or sports@mageerehab.org.

     

    Holiday Nashville Games (Dec. 16)

    The Music City Lightning and National Wheelcats will be hosting games this Saturday at
    McMurray Middle School, 520 McMurray Drive, in Nashville, TN. The games will include teams from Adult Division II and III.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Jeff Hall at (615) 496-7706 or jeffrey.m.hall83@gmail.com.

     

    Austin Invitational (Dec. 16)

    The Austin Rec’ers are hosting Adult Division II games on Saturday. The games will be held at YMCA – East Community, 5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd, in Austin, TX.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Andy Halm at (512) 576-1912 or austinhalm@yahoo.com.
     

    Tamp Bay Strong Dogs – DIII vs. Orlando Magic Wheels (Dec. 17)

    The Tampa Bay Strong Dogs – DIII will host the Orlando Magic Wheels for a set of home games this Sunday. For more information, please contact Event Director Wayne Bozeman at (813) 892-0065 or bozemanc@hillsboroughcounty.org.

    November's Teams of the Month Announced

    12/12/2017, 12:00pm CST
    By NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is honored to announce the NWBA’s Teams of the Month for November. November’s winners are listed below and on the NWBA website at http://www.nwba.org/teampastwinners.

    NWBA Teams of the Month winners will receive a “Team of the Month” plaque.

    The NWBA recognized the following teams per division:

             Junior Division: One team each Varsity and Prep 

             Intercollegiate Division: One team (either men’s or women’s)

             Women’s Division: One team                                    

             Adult Division: One team each Division I, Division II and Division III

    Women’s Division

    WASA Bucks of Brookfield, Wisconsin

            -November Record (W-L): 2-0

    Adult Division I

    MedStar NRH Punishers of Washington, D.C. 

           -9th Annual Second City Showdown winners

    Adult Division II

    NMCSD Wolfpack of San Diego, California

             -Record (W-L): 4-1 at the Tucson Veterans Tournament

    Adult Division III

    Seattle Sonics of Seattle, Washington

             -November Record (W-L): 3-1

    Intercollegiate Division

    University of Illinois Fighting Illini Men's Team of Champaign, Illinois 

             -Champions of the Midway Division of the 9th Annual Second City Showdown

    Junior Varsity's
    ParaSport Spokane - Varsity (A) of Spokane, Washington

             -Record (W-L): 4-0 at the Bridge City Classic

    Junior Prep

    Minnesota Rollin' Rowdies of Minneapolis, Minnesota

              -Champions of the Courage Kenny Classic
     

    The NWBA thanks all athletes, coaches, and supporters for participating in November’s Team of the Month awards. Congratulations again to all teams that were nominated and selected as Teams of the Month.

    December’s Teams of the Month applications are due at 12:00 pm MST on Tuesday, January 2. All Player of the Month applications should be sent to brandonmcbeain@nwba.org.

    November's Nike Players of the Month Announced

    12/11/2017, 5:30pm CST
    By NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is honored to announce the NWBA’s Nike Players of the Month for November. November’s winners and results are listed on the NWBA website at http://www.nwba.org/pastwinners.

    Winners of the NWBA Player of the Month program will receive a Nike Dri-FIT NWBA branded t-shirt.

     

    The NWBA recognized the following athletes per division:

             Junior Division: One Varsity

             Intercollegiate Division: One player (either men’s or women’s athlete)

             Women’s Division: One player

             Adult Division: One player for each Division I, Division II and Division III

     

    Women’s Division

    Becca Murray of the WASA Bucks - Women of Milwaukee, WI 

              -Top scorer

     

    Adult Division I

    Bryce Doody of the MedStar NRH Punishers of Washington, D.C. 

               -MVP of the 9th Annual Second City Showdown

     

    Adult Division II

    Chris Goodwin of the Lakeshore Storms of Birmingham, Alabama

               -Impact Player

     

    Adult Division III

    Robert Reed of the Phoenix Banner Suns of Phoenix, Arizona

              -Top scorer

     

     Junior Varsity's

    Tyler Tippins of the Lakeshore Lakers of Birmingham, Alabama 

              -MVP of the 2017 NC Winter Classic

     

    Junior Prep:

    Preston Howell of the Charlotte Rollin' Hornets Prep-Purple of Matthews, North Carolina 

               -All Tournament Team of the 2017 NC Winter Classic

     

    Intercollegiate Division
    Emily Oberst of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini Women's Team of Champaign, Illinois 

              -MVP of the Da'Blues Division of the 9th Annual Second City Showdown

     

    The NWBA thanks all athletes, coaches, and supporters for participating in November’s Player of the Month awards. Congratulations again to all players that were nominated and selected as Players of the Month.

    December’s Players of the Month applications are due at 12:00 pm MST on Tuesday, January 2. All Player of the Month applications should be sent to brandonmcbeain@nwba.org.

     

    Weekend Recap (Dec. 1-3)

    12/08/2017, 1:30pm CST
    By Kimberly Kasper, NWBA

     The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) offered several sanctioned events this past weekend in Missouri, Virginia, Michigan, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Maryland.
     

    University of Missouri – Intercollegiate Tournament (Dec. 1-2)

    The University of Missouri hosted an Intercollegiate Division Tournament this weekend at MizzouRec Columbia, Missouri. Teams that competed in this tournament included the Southwest Minnesota State University of Marshall, Minnesota; the Auburn University Tigers of Auburn, Alabama; University of Edinboro of Edinboro, Pennsylvania; University of Nebraska - Omaha of Omaha, Nebraska; University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Men of Whitewater, Wisconsin; the University of Missouri of Columbia, Missouri; and the University of Texas Arlington of Arlington, Texas.

    University of Edinboro kicked off their tournament with a game against the Auburn University Tigers. Edinboro was able to secure the first win of the weekend, 43-33. Top scorers for Edinboro included Chayse Wolf with 16 points and Kevin Atherley with 18 points. The Auburn University Tigers were led by Blake Loftin, with 11 points and Hunter Alvis with 12 points.

    Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) played a great game against the University of Edinboro. The Fighting Scots were led by Wolf (28 points) and Atherley (19 points) gain in a 60-47 win over the Mustangs of SMSU. Top scorers for SMSU included Jesus Villa with 22 points and Matthew Talbot with 15 points. 

    For more information regarding the event, please contact Event Director Scott Meyer at (314) 550-9989.

     

    Herman Key Jr. Memorial Holiday Tournament (Dec. 1-3)

    The 8th ranked Charlottesville Cardinals of Adult Division II hosted the 17th Annual Herman Key Jr. Memorial Holiday Tournament at the Walton Middle School, 4217 Red Hill Rd, Charlottesville, Virginia. Bracket play was played until Saturday afternoon until the elimination rounds begun.

    Saturday’s action included the Adult Division II Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets of Cornelius, North Carolina battling the Adult Division II Charlottesville Cardinals  of Charlottesville, Virginia 52-48 in the first semi-final. Meanwhile the Adult Division II Magee Spokesmen of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania edged the Adult Division II Sportable Rim Riders of Richmond, Virginia 52-48.

    The Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets defeated the Magee Spokesmen 48-45 to capture the championship of the 17th Annual Herman Key, Jr. Memorial Holiday Tournament. The host, Charlottesville Cardinals took third place after defeating the Sportable Rim Riders 64-32 in the third place game.  

    The Harrisonburg Cardinals or Orange, Virginia downed the Shepherd Stealers of Atlanta, Georgia 60-54 to claim the Adult Division III Championship crown.

    Mike Hudson of the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets was the tournament MVP. The All-Tournament consisted of  David Wilkes and Tim Caldwell of the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets, , Jeremy Smith and Joey Leavitt of the Charlottesville Cardinals, Mickey Morin of the Harrisonburg Cardinals, Tom McNaughton and Frank Johnson of the Magee Spokesmen, Treyvon Smith of the Shepherd Stealers, and Dwayne Veney and Matthew Deans of the Sportable Rim Riders. Patria Brown of the Shepherd Stealers won the Sportsmanship Trophy.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Tim Vanderver at tvandever@ntelos.net or (434) 466-9502.

     

    3rd Annual Mary Free Bed Invitational (Dec. 2-3)

    The Mary Free Bed Pacers of Adult Division I and Mary Free Bed Rollin Drive of Adult Division III both of Grand Rapids, Michigan were proud to offer the 3rd Annual Mary Free Bed Invitational at the Mary Free Bed YMCA, Grand Rapids, Michigan this past Saturday and Sunday.

    The  Adult Division I Dallas Mavericks of Arlington, Texas went undefeated with a 5-0 record and capture the tournament title.  The Adult Division I Mary Free Bed Pacers came in second place with two losses and three wins. The Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers of Brunswick, Ohio fought hard for a win against the Miami Valley Raptors of Xenia, Ohio winning the game 68-63.

    The Turnstone Bandits of Fort Wayne, Indiana claimed the Adult Division III title with a record of 4-0. The RHI Pacers of Indianapolis, Indiana took second place with their only loss coming at the hands of the tournament champion Bandits, 52-34.

    The Adult Division II RIM Detroit Diehards of Detroit, Massachusetts gave the RHI Pacers a run for their money this past weekend in a thrilling game ending 46-45 advantage Pacers.

    Highlights are found at http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/12/wheelchair_athletes_compete_in.html.

    Photos available at https://529photography.smugmug.com/MFB-Pacers-vs-Mavericks/i-MzCHqn7 and the Mary Free Bed Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Facebook page.

    For more information, please contact the Event Director Christy VanHaver at (616) 840-8207.

     

    Bennett Blazers Weekend of Games (Dec. 2-3)

    The Bennett Blazers of Baltimore, Maryland hosted a weekend of games this weekend at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, 3835 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland for Junior Prep and Junior Varsity teams. Nine teams competed throughout the weekend.

    The Fairfax Falcons - Varsity of Fairfax, Virginia showcased their stout defense in 47-4 game against the Ryan Martin Foundation Trojans of Simsbury, Connecticut. The Ryan Martin Foundation Trojans "rebounded" offensively in a match-up against the Bennett Blazers, but still came up short in a 36-25 Blazers win.

    On Sunday there was some great contest including a game between the Bennett Blazers and the Fairfax Falcons - Varsity. The Falcons eventually gained control and finished the game winning by a score of 33-21. A key Prep Division game included the Katie’s KOMETS of Collegeville, Pennsylvania in a win against the New York Rolling Fury - Prep 22-10.

    Top scorers of the weekend include Daniel Carter, Jordan McCown, and Breanna Clark of Katie’s KOMETS, Ruby Elbert and Lixi Tiedemann of the Bennett Blazers, Kidus Ali and Daniel Malloy of the FairFax Falcons, J.P. James Pollard of Bennett Blazers Prep, Jeremy Tantsits of Ryan Martin Foundation Trojans.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Gerry Herman at 443-923-7844 or hermang@kennedykrieger.org.

     

    Seattle Jam (Dec. 2-3)

    Seattle Adaptive Sports hosted the Seattle Jam at the West Seattle HS, 3000 California Ave W, Seattle, Washington. Eight teams, including host team Seattle Sonics of Seattle, Washington competed in Varsity Division and Adult Division I.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Tami English at info@seattleadaptivesports.org or (206) 963-0916.

     

    West Coast Conference Bid Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Dec. 2-3)

    This past Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3, Arizona Disabled Sports hosted  West Coast Conference Bid Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at the Ability360 Sports Center. Junior Division athletes and teams competed for two bids to the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical on April 12-15 in Louisville, KY.

    The weekend was filled with exciting games at the West Coast Conference Bid Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. The Dallas Jr. Mavericks of Arlington, Texas squeaked by the Lakeshore Lakers of Birmingham, Alabama with a one-point victory, 49-48. Another close game was between the San Diego Hammers of San Diego, California and BORP Jr. Road Warriors of San Lorenzo, California.The San Diego Hammers captured a 49-37 win. The Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggest of Longmont, Colorado found their first win of the season with a ten-point victory against the Rancho Renegades of Downey, California ending 34-24.

    The weekend ended with the Championship game between the Lakeshore Lakers and the Utah Rush of Henefer, Utah. The Utah Rush provided a dominating perfromance over the Lakeshore Lakers 72-50 to claim their title. Both teams, Rush and Lakers, received bids to the National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at the 2018 NWBT.

    For more information visit www.arizonadisabledsports.com or call their office at 480-835-6273. Additional information is available by contacting Tournament Director Tiffany Wilkinson at tiffany@arizonadisabledsports.com.

     

    Midwest Conference Tournament Hosted by Oklahoma Rollin' Trojans (Dec. 2-3)

    The Oklahoma Rollin' Trojans of Collinsville, Oklahoma hosted five teams competed in an Adult Division II tournament this past weekend. The Northeast Oklahoma Adaptive Sports hosted the Midwest Conference Tournament at Chandler Park 6500 W 21st St. Tulsa, Oklahoma.Competing teams included the Oklahoma Rollin' Trojans of Collinsville, Oklahoma; the Madonna Magic of Lincoln, Nebraska; and the Kansas Wheelhawks of Lawrence, Kansas.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Jeremy Skinner at (479) 903-0077 or jza414@yahoo.com.

    Ultimate Workout & Recovery To Expand To NWBA Shop

    12/08/2017, 11:00am CST
    By Cole Jackson

    For immediate release:

    12/08/2017

    NWBAShop.com Now Features Ultimate Workout and Recovery products, an Official Licensee of the NWBA

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) announced Ultimate Workout And Recovery as an official product available on www.nwbashop.com. Ultimate Workout And Recovery is a state-of-the-art rehab and workout gym designed specifically for those who want the most fast, fun and exciting way to work out from their wheelchair, recliner or bed. As such, Ultimate Workout and Recovery is also the official wheelchair gym of the NWBA.

    The NWBA will serve as an official distributor of the Ultimate Workout And Recovery line of products including the full-size Spider unit that can come equipped with the smaller travel size Viper Edition. The NWBA will market the Spider Deluxe product to members through
    www.nwba.org, www.nwbashop.com, e-mail messages, and the NWBA E-Newsletter. The Ultimate Workout And Recovery Spider Deluxe unit will be available in the original color and a pink option as well among other options. In addition to each purchase of the Ultimate Workout And Recovery unit, $100 of each purchase will go towards sponsorship for applicants who are not able to purchase the product on their own. Bulk discounts are available as well to Organizations and Teams.

    The Spider Deluxe Edition offers ways to maintain strength both physically and mentally, as well as improve an overall sense of well-being. The bottom line concept with Ultimate Workout And Recovery is to help any child or adult work out and get strong for sports or in general in the most convenient way possible while in a chair or in a bed. The mission of Ultimate Workout And Recovery is to provide a total body workout via exercises and rehab in dozens of unique and exciting ways, especially for those unable or just not wanting to go out of the house. The Ultimate Workout And Recovery gym is a 100-use system that is the perfect option to exercise regularly right from their recliner, wheelchair or bed, even your Lazy boy while the travel viper system is perfect for on the go strength and cardio conditioning anywhere anytime for anyone. And yes, the entire family can benefit from this product as well!

    In 2015 Dr. Michael Roizen, world renowned Wellness Chief at the Cleveland Clinic, and former New England Patriot linebacker Pierre Woods as well as Fitness Legend Kathy Smith and MANY more have all enthusiastically endorsed the Spider Deluxe unit. The Ultimate Workout And Recovery team is also proud to announce its new Foundation set up for other Foundations/Rehab Clinic Centers to bulk purchase the units at a special discounted rate. For more information on the huge sensation surrounding Ultimate Workout and Recovery products visit:
    www.facebook.com/sibfsllc.

    This Week in the NWBA (Dec. 4-10)

    12/05/2017, 12:00pm CST
    By NWBA

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is excited to offer sanctioned events in Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Floridia this week.

    All events are open to the public. The NWBA asks that teams and spectators share their experience by posting their photos and tagging the NWBA. Use the hashtag #NWBA to be featured on our social media sites

     

    Rockford Holiday Tournament (Dec.9-10)
    Rockford Park District and the Rockford Jr. Chariots of Rockford, Illinois host the Rockford Holiday Tournament at the UW Sports Factory, 305 South Madison St, Rockford, Illinois this weekend.

    Twenty-four Junior Prep and Varsity teams from mainly the Midwest will compete in this two-day tournament. Teams will compete for first and second place team awards and AMA awards.  Individual awards are also available.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Paula Reiter at (815) 987-1613.


     

    1st Annual WSF Team Liberty Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Dec. 9-10) – Postponed
    The WSF Team Liberty Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Tournament has been postponed. Please contact Event Director David Deas at (347) 512-7186 for more information

     

    Metal and Muscle (Dec.8-10)
    This weekend, the City of Houston and Adapted Sports Event and Expo host the Metal and Muscle. The Metal and Muscle is a ten team tournament for Adult Division III teams. Metal and Muscle is held at the George R Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, Texas. Metal and Muscle features special guest, Maria Town, the Director of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.

    Competing teams include: the Adult Division I TIRR Memorial Hermann Houston Hotwheels of Houston Texas; the Tyler Thorns of Tyler, Texas; the Corpus Christi RIMZ of Corpus Christi, Texas; the Victoria Bad News Chairs of Corpus Christi, Texas; the Austin Rec’ers of Austin, Texas; the Mobile Patriots of Mobile, Alabama; the San Antonio ParaSport Spurs of Round Rock, Texas; and the TIRR Houston Hotwheels Juniors of Houston, Texas.

    For more information, contact Event Director Hannah Walker at 832-395-7335 or hannah.walker@houstontx.gov.

     

    Louisville Invitational Tournament (Dec. 9-10)
    The Frazier Rehab/Louisville Parks & Rec and Louisville Spokes and Spires host the Louisville Invitational Tournament this weekend at the Berrytown Recreation Center 1300 Heafer Road, Louisville, Kentucky.

    Four teams will compete in this Adult Division III tournament. Awards for the Most Valuable Player Award and first place are provided.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Jesse Smith at (502) 456-8148 or jessemsmith72@gmail.com.

     

    New England Blazers Memorial Tournament (Dec.9-10)
    The New England Blazers will host the New England Blazers Memorial Tournament at the Brockton VA Medical Center, 940 Belmont St, Brockton, Massachusetts. Five teams will compete in Adult Divisions II and III. Each team will play four games.

    The five teams competing are: the Adult Division III Axis Nights of New York, New York, the Adult Division II Bulova Nets of Tinton Falls, New Jersey; the Adult Division III Connecticut Spokebenders of Meriden, Connecticut; the Adult Division II Brockton Celtics of Raynham, Massachusetts; and the Adult Division II New England Blazers of Saugus, Massachusetts.

    Awards for first-third place, MVP, All Tournament, and Sportsmanship are provided.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Paul Cowan at (617) 448-3709.

     

    Tampa Bay Strong Dog Invitational (December 9-10)
    Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay Strong Dogs of Tampa, Florida host the Tampa Bay Strong Dog Invitational at the All Peoples Park 6105 E. Sligh Ave Tampa, Florida this weekend. Four teams will compete in Adult Divisions I and II.

    For more information, contact Event Director Wayne Bozeman at bozemanc@hillsboroughcounty.org or (813) 272-7400.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO- The NWBA is excited to announce the nominees for the NWBA Nike Player of the Month for the month of November. Nominees are listed on the NWBA website at http://www.nwba.org/playerofmonthvoting.
     

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO- The NWBA is excited to announce the nominees for the NWBA Team of the Month for the month of November. Nominees are listed on the NWBA website at http://www.nwba.org/teamofmonthvoting.
     

    This Week in the NWBA (Nov.26-Dec.3)

    11/30/2017, 5:30pm CST
    By Kimberly Kasper, NWBA

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is excited to offer sanctioned events in Missouri, Virginia, Michigan, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Maryland this week.

    All events are open to the public. The NWBA asks that teams and spectators share their experience by posting their photos and tagging the NWBA. Use the hashtag #NWBA to be featured on our social media sites.
     
    NWBA Shop (Nov. 26)
    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) launched their first online store, NWBA Shop Monday, November 27. The NWBA Shop, www.NWBAShop.com, has various Nike items including long and short sleeve Nike Dri-FIT’s, cotton t-shirts, and a drawstring bag. Sizes range from youth to 4XL. This week only, spend $100 or more and receive free shipping.
     
    University of Missouri – Intercollegiate Tournament (Dec. 1-2)
    The University of Missouri hosts an Intercollegiate Division Tournament this weekend at MizzouRec, 213 Rothwell Gymnasium, Columbia, Missouri. Eight teams will compete in this tournament.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Scott Meyer at 314-550-9989.
     
    Herman Key Jr. Memorial Holiday Tournament (Dec. 1-3)
    The 8th ranked Charlottesville Cardinals of Adult Division II prepare to play host for 17th Annual Herman Key Jr. Memorial Holiday Tournament at the Walton Middle School, 4217 Red Hill Rd, Charlottesville, Virginia.

    Bracket play will continue until Saturday afternoon until an elimination rounds begin.  The Championship game is scheduled to for 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 3.

    In addition to the Cardinals, the tournament includes the Adult Division II teams: Charlotte Rollin' Hornets of Cornelius, North Carolina (7th ranked team); the Magee Spokesmen of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11th ranked team), and the Richmond Sportable Rim Riders of Richmond, Virginia(15th ranked team).
    Adult Division III squads included are the Harrisonburg Cardinals of Orange, Virginia (13th ranked team) and the Shepherd Stealers of Atlanta, Georgia.

    Team trophies, MVP, All-Tournament, and Sportsmanship awards are provided.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Tim Vanderver at tvandever@ntelos.net or 434-466-9502.
     
    3rd Annual Mary aBed Invitational (Dec. 2-3)
    The Mary Free Bed Pacers of Adult Division I and Mary Free Bed Rollin Drive of Adult Division III both of Grand Rapids, Michigan are proud to offer the 3rd Annual Mary Free Bed Invitational at the Mary Free Bed YMCA, 5500 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan this Saturday and Sunday.
     
    Games will commence on Saturday, December 2 at 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 3 at 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Additional Adult Division I competing teams include: the Dallas Mavericks of Arlington, Texas; the Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers of Brunswick, Ohio; the RIM Detroit Diehards of Royal Oak, Michigan; the Miami Valley Raptors of Xenia, Ohio.

     
    Adult Division III teams also competing are: the Turnstone Bandits of Fort Wayne, Indiana; the LWSRA Hawks of New Lenox, Illinois; the RHI Pacers of Indianapolis, Indiana; and the WASA Bucks of Brookfield, Wisconsin.  
     
    For more information, please contact Event Director Christy VanHaver at 616-840-8207.
     
    Bennett Blazers Weekend of Games (Dec. 2-3)
    The Bennett Blazers will host a weekend of games this weekend at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, 3835 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland for Junior Prep and Junior Varsity teams.Nine teams will compete throughout the weekend. No awards are provided.
     
    For more information, please contract Event Director Gerry Herman at 443-923-7844 or hermang@kennedykrieger.org.
     
    Seattle Jam (Dec. 2-3)
    Seattle Adaptive Sports will host the Seattle Jam at the West Seattle HS, 3000 California Ave W, Seattle, Washington. Eight teams, including host team Seattle Sonics of Seattle, Washington will compete in Varsity Division and Adult Division I.
     
    For more information, please contact Event Director Tami English at info@seattleadaptivesports.org or (206) 963-0916.
     
    West Coast Conference Bid Regional Junior Wheelchair 
    Basketball Tournament (Dec. 2-3)
    This Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3, Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center hosts the West Coast Conference Bid Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. Check out some of the best junior athletes from the West Coast as they compete for a bid to the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical on April 12-15 in Louisville, KY.
    The Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center is located at 5031 E. Washington Street Phoenix, Arizona. Saturday’s games are 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday.

     
    The Varsity Teams included in this tournament are: the BORP Jr. Road Warriors of San Lorenzo, California; the Utah Rush of Henefer, Utah; the Lakeshore Lakers of Birmingham, Alabama; the Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggets of Longmont, Colorado; San Diego Hammers of San Diego, California; the Rancho Renegades of Downey, California; the Dallas Jr. Mavericks -  of Arlington, Texas.
     
    Prep Division teams include the Phoenix Prep Wheelchair Suns of Mesa, Arizona and the Denver Prep Rollin’ Nuggets of Longmont, Colorado.
     
    For more information visit www.arizonadisabledsports.com or call their office at 480-835-6273. Additional information is available by contacting Tournament Director Tiffany Wilkinson at tiffany@arizonadisabledsports.com.
     
    Midwest Conference Tournament Hosted by Oklahoma Rollin' Trojans (Dec. 2-3)
    The Oklahoma Rollin' Trojans of Collinsville, Oklahoma will host five teams to compete in an Adult Division II tournament this weekend. The Northeast Oklahoma Adaptive Sports is the event host for the Midwest Conference Tournament at Chandler Park 6500 W 21st St. Tulsa, Oklahoma.Competing teams include the Oklahoma Rollin Trojans of Collinsville, Oklahoma; the Madonna Magic of Lincoln, Nebraska; and the Kansas Wheelhawks of Lawrence, Kansas.
     
    Awards are provided for first through third place. For more information, please contact Event Director Jeremy Skinner at (479) 903-0077 or jza414@yahoo.com.

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