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    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) today announced Ultimate Workout and Recovery as an official sponsor of the NWBA. Ultimate Workout and Recovery/Stuck in Bed Fitness LLC, is a state-of-the-art rehab and workout gym designed specifically for those with physical disabilities. 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 Work and Recovery line of products including the full-size Spider unit that comes equipped with the smaller travel size Viper Edition. The NWBA will market the Spider and Viper products to members through www.nwba.org, e-mail messages, and the NWBA E-Newsletter. 

    The Spider Edition offers ways to maintain strength both physically and mentally, as well as improve an overall sense of well being. 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. 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, while the travel viper system is perfect for on the go strength and cardio conditioning anywhere anytime for anyone.

    “This is such an honor and the NWBA is a perfect match for what we are all about,” said Joseph M Salamon, CEO and Chief Marketing Strategist at Stuck in Bed Fitness LLC. “Our fitness and complete exercise system is geared specifically for wheelchair users, whether short or long term. Everyone in the family can benefit from this new fitness equipment including moms, kids and seniors as well. We feel that our arrangement with the NWBA will allow their players and family members of any age or stage to stay in tip-top condition and get stronger whenever they would like to, and inspire others to join teams and develop further while expanding the NWBA and Stuck in bed fitness LLC reach.''

    Dr. Michael Roizen, world renowned Wellness Chief at the Cleveland Clinic, and former New England Patriot linebacker Pierre Woods have each enthusiastically endorsed the Spider unit and smaller travel size mobile Viper edition which can be enjoyed from the bus, car, plane, train, hotel room and more. The Stuck in Bed Fitness LLC 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. For more information on the Ultimate Workout and Recovery products visit: www.facebook.com/sibfsllc.

    “We are excited about the addition of Ultimate Workout and Recovery as a sponsor of the NWBA and for our members to purchase the Ultimate Workout and Recovery Spider unit. It is an excellent workout system for our athletes that can be set-up for off-season and in-season workouts,” said Jim Scherr, NWBA Executive Director. 

    Applications available for New Women's Division Scholarship

    The Women’s Division of the NWBA is proud to announce the launch of the ‘We Play Hard’ scholarship program. The Women’s Division has created a scholarship that will enable juniors and adults with disabilities to pursue their dreams of sporting excellence, on the Paralympic, World and National stages. Participating in sport also helps Individuals with disabilities to go further in life—to set and achieve goals like graduating college, getting a job, buying a home, traveling, having a family. And, for those Individuals who have the potential to become great athletes, the time, training and travel it takes to achieve that level of greatness takes resources---resources that a lot of families simply don’t have.
     
    The Women’s Division of the NWBA created the ‘We Play Hard’ scholarship to help fill that gap. The Women’s Division will provide 10 scholarships of up to $300 to eligible applicants for assistance with travel, training and other costs necessary to help pave the way for these young athletes to achieve sporting excellence—excellence that will carry over into creating a generation of talented and committed leaders who are ready and willing to share and give back. We invite interested athletes, who are on a women’s division roster for the 2015-2016 year, who are passionately pursuing dreams of athletic glory to apply.
     
     
    Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and you will be notified by mail of NWBA.  Applicants are eligible to receive one scholarship per calendar year. Applicants may then reapply during the next calendar year; funding for one year is not a guarantee of future funding. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Keith Wallace at kwallace@lwsra.org.

    2016 Rio Paralympic Draws Announced

    04/21/2016, 10:30pm CDT
    By NWBA

    On Wednesday, the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games draw for men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball happened. The U.S. men’s and women’s teams got drawn into Pool B, while the defending World and Paralympic champions will face each other in pool play in each of the divisions. 

    In the men's tournament, World champions Australia will face defending Paralympic Gold medalists Canada in a tough Group A that also includes Spain, Turkey, the Netherlands and Japan. 

    Team USA drew into Group B and will face-off with host country Brazil, European champions Great Britain, Germany, Iran and Algeria. 

    In the women's tournament, world champions Canada will face defending Paralympic Gold medalists Germany in Group A, as well as Brazil, Great Britain and Argentina. 

    Group B features three respective zone champions, led by Team USA, the 2015 Parapan Am Games champions, European champions Netherlands, Asia Oceania champions China. France and Algeria are also in Group B. 

    Rio 2016 Paralympic Games wheelchair basketball competition

    Women's pools
    Group A: Canada; Germany; Great Britain; Argentina; Brazil
    Group B: USA; Netherlands; France; China; Algeria

    Men's pools
    Group A: Australia; Canada; Turkey; Netherlands; Japan; Spain
    Group B: Iran; USA; Great Britain; Germany; Algeria; Brazil

    Dave Kiley's 3-on-3 Invitational

    04/21/2016, 5:30pm CDT
    By NWBA

    Turning POINT'S 26th Annual Extravaganza

    Click the link below for additional information on the Dave Kiley 3-on-3 Invitational and Free Throw Contest.  This year's event will be the 26th Annual Extravaganza in conjunction with Turning POINT.

    The annual event held in Dallas, Texas is held in memory of Randy Snow.  Event dates are June 3-4, 2016.

    Check out the results from our recent poll

    Below are the results from the recent poll regarding which division is the most closely followed.  Congratulations to the VARSITY DIVISION!

    13%  Prep Division

    30%  Varsity Division

    12%  Collegiate Division

    29%  Division III

    14%  Championship Division

    2%     Women's Division

    Job Posting - University of Wisconsin Whitewater

    04/14/2016, 8:00pm CDT
    By NWBA

    UWW seeking a Women's Wheelchair Basketball Coach/Equipment Mgr

    The Women's Wheelchair Basketball Coach is responsible for all aspects of the Women's Wheelchair program, including recruiting, coaching, administering, scheduling, scouting, travel arrangements, and academic activities. The Women's Wheelchair Basketball Coach directs all aspects of the Cornerstones for Success wheelchair fundraising and awareness programs. 

    The Equipment Manager manages all aspects of the Williams Center and Roseman Gym Equipment Rooms including the acquisition, inventory, and maintenance of all equipment utilized by Recreation Sports programs and HPERC Classes. The Equipment Manager also hires, trains, schedules, supervises, and evaluates all student employees in the Equipment Room.

    To view this Job Opening go to:

    https://my.uww.edu/employment/jobs/11694.html

     

     

    2016 NWBT Awards

    04/14/2016, 7:15pm CDT
    By NWBA

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical, held at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky, April 7-10, presented its all-tournament teams, MVPs and Sportsmanship awards. The Championship and DIII Divisions presented their awards to deserving athletes following the respective championship games. The Junior Division awards were presented at the evening banquet at the Galt House Hotel.

    Below is a comprehensive list of all of the award recipients by division and category:

    2016 Championship Division

    All Tournament Teams

    1st Team

    Nate Hinze                                          Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks

    Patrick Anderson                                NY Rollin’ Knicks

    Jay Nelms                                           Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks

    Becca Murray                                      Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks

    Jermell Pennie                                    Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks

    2nd Team

    Jeff Townsend                                     Utah Wheelin’ Jazz

    Jorge Salazar                                      San Diego Wolfpack

    Tyrone Griner                                      Rogue Valley Scorpions

    Trevonn Jenifer                                   Bay City Thunder

    Mareike Miller                                     Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks

    Captain James S. Ure Sportsmanship Award

    Dominique Rogers                              Albuquerque Kings

    MVP

    Bobbie Nickelberry                              Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks

     

    2016 Division III

    All Tournament Teams

    1st Team

    Kyle Huckaby                                      TIRR Houston Hotwheels

    Arnold Barners                                    Ft. Lauderdale Sharks

    Abraham Hausman-Weiss                  TIRR Houston Hotwheels

    Michael Archie                                    Memphis Rollin’ Grizzlies

    Carlos Pijuan                                      Ft. Lauderdale Sharks

    2nd Team

    Jakob Wiig                                          Memphis Rollin’ Grizzlies

    Manuel Ortega                                    LA Hotwheels

    Harsh Thakkar                                    MedStar NRH Punishers

    Kevin Konfara                                     Detroit Diehards

    Marcelo Gomez                                  LA Hotwheels

    3rd Team

    Pete Morgan                           Carolina Tarwheels

    Dave Kiley                               Charlotte Hornets

    Nate Silvers                            Turnstone Bandits

    Edwin Lopez                           Nassau Kings

    Adrien Burnett                         Delaware Destroyers

    Sportsmanship Award

    Tee Foster                               Fayetville Flyers

    MVP

    Hassan Elkadi                         TIRR Houston Hotwheels

     

    Junior Division - Prep

    1st team

    Collin Lancaster                      Atlanta Jr. Wheelchair Hawks

    Bailey Moody                          Atlanta Jr. Wheelchair Hawks

    Ixhelt Gonzalez                       Chicago Skyhawks

    Preston Howell                       Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets

    Travis Beckler                         MKE Jr. Bucks

    2nd Team

    Martell Stevens                       Chicago Skyhawks

    Alex Hilgeford                         Jr. Minutemen

    Edgar Morales                        CK Rowdies

    Hannah Exline                        RHI Mini Pacers

    Moira Paulus                           MKE Jr. Bucks

    Sportsmanship Award

    Alec Cabacungan

    MVP

    Eric Francis

     

    Junior Division - NIT

    1st Team

    Ryan Glatchak                        Synergy Bulls

    Erica Wilson                            Lakeshore Lakers

    Will Glendenning                     Rockfort Chariots

    Alonte Davis                            Nebraska Red Dawgs

    Emilee Gustafson                   Jr. Rolling Gophers

    2nd Team

    Josie DeHart                           Denver Jr. Nuggets

    Maya Campbell                       Nebraska Red Dawgs

    Alexa Halko                             Sportable Spokes

    Isaiah Ahlstrom                       BORP

    Tyler Tiddins                           Lakeshore Lakers

    Sportsmanship Award

    Jeremy Ocanas                       Denver Jr. Nuggets

    MVP

    Ignacio Ortega                        Sportable Spokes

     

    Junior Division - Varsity

    1st Team

    Emily Oberst                           Milwaukee Junior Bucks

    Johsua Polson                        Utah Rush

    Collin Evans                            CK Jr. Rolling Timberwolves

    Zach Steger                            Dallas Jr. Mavs

    Zach Miller                              Phoenix Wheelchair Suns

    2nd Team

    Tyler Buysse                           Dallas Jr. Mavs

    Joshua Joines                         Jr. Wheelchair Hawks

    Holden Kowalke                      CK Jr. Rolling Timberwolves

    Drew Selz                               Junior Bucks

    Lindsey Zurburgg                    Seattle Jr. Sonics

    Sportsmanship Award

    Tyler Dwyer                             ParaSport Spokane

    MVP

    Abraham Hausman-Weiss      TIRR Houston Hotwheels

    The TIRR Hotwheels race to its first Division III National Championship at the 68th National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Sunday, brining close to the largest NWBT. Hassan Elkadi pushed the pace for the Hotwheels, scoring 22 points for their win over the Fort Lauderdale Sharks, 60-35. 

    Elkadi came out firing in the first half, picking up 17 points and 12 of those in the first seven minutes of the game, and the Hotwheels never looked back. The second half saw the Sharks pressure and trap Elkadi, and it was too late to mount a comeback. 

    James Gonzalez and Hector Lopez were able to contribute six points a piece in the second half, and Abraham Hausman-Weiss contributed five points. The Hotwheels defense was solid in shutting down a surging Fort Lauderdale Sharks team that battled through a tough consolation bracket in the 24-team tournament. 

    Carlos Pijuan scored 12 points for the Sharks, with Arnold Barnes being contained with eight points. 

    The 2016 NWBT was the largest with 88 teams and 976 athletes that featured a total of 176 games on 12 courts. The NWBT is a five-division event spanning three age groups – Junior Prep, Junior NIT, Junior Varsity, Division III and Championship. 

    2016 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical 
    At Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 7-10

    Division III – Final Rankings

    1. TIRR Hotwheels

    2. Ft Lauderdale Sharks

    3. Memphis Rollin' Grizzlies

    4. LA Hotwheels

    5. Charlotte Rollin' Hornets

    6. MedStar NRH Punishers

    7. Nassau Kings

    8. Carolina Tarwheels

    9. Delaware Destroyers

    10. Turnstone Bandits

    11. Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers

    12. Detroit Diehards

    13. DFW Freewheelers

    14. MAPVA Richmond Rimriders

    15. Cincinnati Royals

    16. Fayetteville Flyers

    17. Miami Valley Minutemen

    18. Tampa Bay Strong Dogs

    19. Shepherd Stealers

    20. Columbus Wheelchair Basketball Club 

    21. Magee Spokesman

    22. CT Spokebenders

    23. Music City Lightning

    24. Lafayette Spinners

    2016 NWBT FINAL Bracket Results

    04/10/2016, 11:00am CDT
    By NWBA

    Check out this story for the FINAL BRACKETS

    The final results of the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical are in the books.  Check out the bracket results to see how the teams performed.

    On behalf of the NWBA staff and Board of Directors we thank you for attending this year's tournament and we are looking forward to seeing you next season.

    Three-times a charm could be the new motto for the Chicago Skyhawks as they secured its first Junior Prep National Title at the 68th National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical. The Kentucky Exposition Center erupted as the Skyhawks knocked off the three-time defending National Champion BlazeSports Junior Hawks, 39-31. This was the third consecutive year where both teams squared off with each other for the prestigious championship.

    The Skyhawks Ajani Upton led the charge for the Skyhawks with 21 points for the game. Ixhelt Gonzalez put up 10 in the win. The Skyhawks scored often and even had a stingier defense for a 18-2 first-quarter lead. The Atlanta based BlazeSports team mounted a come back over in the second and third quarters, outscoring Chicago 21-10, cutting its deficit to 28-23 after three quarters. In the closing stanza, the tandem of Upton and Gonzalez scored a combined 11 points to win their first National title.

    Championship Saturday provided a boisterous atmosphere for the afternoon slate of games for the Junior Varsity and Championship divisions. The Courage Kenny Minnesota Timberwolves took home its second National Title in the last three years, while the Championship Division crowned Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks for its 14th National title.

    The Timberwolves, who were down by eight points at the half, 28-20, relied on the shooting prowess of Holden Kowalke and Grady Gordon who each scored 18 points in their victory over the Houston TIRR Hotwheels, 53-50. The Timberwolves found a pace in the second half by putting up 33 points where Kowalke scored 12 of his 18 points.

    The Hotwheels were led by a trio of athletes that found double digits. Abraham Hausman-Weiss scored 23, with Peter Berry adding 16, and Carrington Marendes putting up 10.

    The Championship Division National Championship was a see-saw battle between the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks and the Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks. The rosters for both teams featured eight athletes who have represented the United States at the Paralympic Games, and several 2016 U.S. Paralympic hopefuls.

    In the first half, the game had seven ties through the first seven minutes, until the Dallas Mavericks went ahead with Bobbie Nickleberry at 8:43 of the first half. The Bucks pulled ahead at the 9:14 mark of the first half off of 2012 U.S. Paralympic bronze medalist and 2016 hopeful Nate Hinze’s two-pointer, 18-17, and kept that lead until the final 2:45 when the Mavs returned to the top with another Nickleberry basket, for a 33-30 half-time advantage.

    The second half was much like the first. Nickleberry and Hinze were shooting sensations for their respective squads. The Mavericks were able to gain the final lead with 51 clicks remaining in the second half for their one-point win, 55-54.

    Hinze was the top scorer of both teams with 32 points, while Nickleberry finished with 31 points. The other contributors for the Mavericks was three-time U.S. Paralympian Jason Nelms with 8, and prior National Team member Jermell Pennie with 6. The Bucks scattered their point between three women Paralympians: United States Desiree Miller(United States in 2012), Becca Murray (2008 gold/2012), and Team Germany’s 2012 gold medalist Mareike Miller.

    The Richmond Sportable Spokes came out firing in the Junior National Invitational Tournament final. The Sportable Spokes took a commanding 26-10 half-time lead over the Nebraska Red Dawgs and never looked back in capturing the title, 51-44. Ignacio Ortega Lafuente of the Spokes was the leading scorer with 22 points, while Colin Egan put up 10 points in their effort. The Red Dawgs were led by Maya Campbell’s 18 points and Alonte Davis’ 14 points. The Red Dawgs were the No. 7 seed of the tournament.

    The Division III National Championship will be played on Sunday at 10 a.m. EDST and will feature TIRR Hotwheels and the Ft. Lauderdale Sharks.

    The 2016 NWBT is the largest ever with 88 teams and 976 athletes that featured a total of 176 games on 12 courts. The NWBT is a five-division event spanning four age groups – Junior Prep, Junior NIT, Junior Varsity, Division III and Championship.

    2016 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical

    At Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., April 7-10

    Junior NIT – 1st Richmond Sportable Spokes def. Nebraska Red Dawgs, 51-34; 3rd Denver Junior Rolling Nuggets def. BORP Junior Road Warriors, 52-50; 5th Katie’s Komets def. Lakeshore Lakers, 34-26; 7th Peoria Wildcats def. Synergy Bulls, 34-18

    Junior Prep – 1st Chicago Skyhawks def. BlazeSports Junior Hawks, 39-31; 3rd Milwaukee Junior Bucks def. Junior Minutemen, 34-23; 5th Charlotte Rollin Hornets def. Oklahoma Blaze, 38-36; 7th Courage Kenny Minnesota Rowdies, 31-28

    Junior Varsity – 1st Courage Kenny Minn. Junior Rolling Timberwolves def. Houston TIRR Hotwheels, 53-50; 3rd Atlanta BlazeSports Hawks def. Dallas Mavericks, 49-48; 5th Phoenix Banner Suns def. Utah Rush, 63-49; 7th Milwaukee Junior Bucks def. Rancho Renegades, 48-32

    Championship Division – 1st Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks def. Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks, 55-54; 3rd New York Rollin’ Knicks def. Rogue Valley Scorpions, 55-50; 5th Bay City Thunder def. University of Arizona, 69-61; 7th Austin Rec’ers def. San Diego Wolfpack, 57-56

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