Colorado Springs, CO (August 24, 2015) – The Board of Directors of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association today announced the appointment of Jim Scherr, former CEO of the USOC, as Interim Executive Director effective August 24, 2015.

Sarah Castle, President of the Board of Directors, said, “On behalf of our Board, I am pleased to welcome Jim Scherr as the Association’s Interim Executive Director. He brings to the role, among other assets, an extensive knowledge of the Olympic and Paralympic movement as well as a demonstrated ability to successfully manage sport organizations. We believe he is equipped to assist us to take the National Wheelchair Basketball Association to the next level.”

Mr. Scherr will manage the staff and the day-to-day affairs of the Association as well as focusing on increasing revenue through sponsorship, fundraising and raising the brand and profile of the NWBA. Mr. Scherr said, “I am honored by this appointment and excited about the opportunity to help lead the NWBA forward in the next steps of its evolution as an organization. The NWBA has experienced great success on the court and I am confident that we can build upon that success in the future. The sport has passionate and dedicated athletes, followers, and supporters. I look forward to working with the athletes and constituents to bring the organization and athletes to new heights in the future.”

About Jim Scherr
Jim Scherr, 54, has nearly 30 years of experience in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement including 10 years at the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee including seven years as the Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure the USOC reached all-time highs in medal performance, total and net revenue, revenue from sponsorship sales, and receipts from the sale of television rights. Prior to that Scherr was the Executive Director of USA Wrestling, leading a turn-around of the National Governing Body overseeing record growth of membership and athlete performance as well as executing a landmark capital campaign to help insure the future of the sport. Most recently Scherr was the Chief Operating Officer of the Inaugural European Games and the Chief Executive Officer of 776 Marketing.

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USA Completes Sweep of Wheelchair Basketball GOLD at the Parapan Am Games.

With a dominating performance in the Men’s Gold medal match, the USA team defeated the Canadian team to take the Gold medal at the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games. The final score tallied at USA 62 – CAN 39. The USA team was able to focus on their game plan from the beginning, and even the raucous cheering from the partisan crowd couldn’t distract the USA squad for achieving its golden goal.

With this win, both of the USA teams gained the top spot at the Parapan Games and have qualified for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Congratulations to both teams. GO USA!

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Toronto Parapan Games – Women to compete for Gold tonight, the Men have two to go.

Last night the USA Women got off to a slow start against an improving Brazil team. However after settling into their system of play the USA Women cleared the Semi Final game, besting Brazil 80 – 32. Canada outplayed Argentina throughout their game with a final score of 82 – 28. Canada and the USA teams will meet again in the Gold medal match of the Parapan Am Games tonight at 6:45pm (Eastern).

The USA men’s team will face Argentina this morning at 10:30am (Eastern) in the first semifinal of the day. Canada and Brazil will compete in the 2nd semifinal. The winning teams today will advance to the medal rounds tomorrow.

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USA Teams continue the march to the Finals

The USA Men’s team cleared their first opponent in the Quarter Finals last night winning their game against Venezuela 99 – 21. Today the Men have an off day as they prepare for their Semi Final game versus Argentina on Friday at 10:30am (Eastern).

The USA Women’s team completed the Preliminary Rounds going undefeated as they put another check in the win column on Tuesday with the win over El Salvador, 77 – 8. The USA Women’s team matches up with Brazil tonight in the 2nd semifinal game of the day beginning at 8:45pm (Eastern).

Stay up with the team’s progress, as well as the other USA teams at http://results.toronto2015.org/PRS/en/general/general-schedule.htm

Don’t forget to watch the sports live streaming at www.paralympicsporttv.com


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USA Teams Dominate in first rounds at Parapan Games

The USA Men’s team is off to a great start in the early rounds of the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto. On Day 1 the USA Men kicked off the competition against Columbia. The USA team won the contest 70 to 42. On Day 2 the Men competed against Puerto Rico claiming the victory with a score of 95-36. Tonight the USA Men will face Brazil at 20:45 (Eastern).

The USA Women are setting their own course as well with two wins. On Day 2 the USA Women opened their competition versus Peru, winning the game with a score of 88-13. Today the USA Women surpassed the team from Argentina 91-14. The next game for the USA Women will be tomorrow morning at 10:15 (Eastern) against El Salvador.

Don’t forget to check in on all the basketball results here: http://results.toronto2015.org/PRS/en/wheelchair-basketball/schedule-and-results.htm

Watch wheelchair basketball and other sports at www.youtube.com/user/ParalympicSportTV

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NWBA Director of Officials – Mike Woodard

The NWBA is pleased to announce that Mike Woodard has been selected to serve in a new volunteer position – NWBA Director of Officials. As the NWBA Director of Officials, Mike will serve a vital role in the recruitment, development and training of new officials, communication between the NWBA Officials Association (NWBOA) and the NWBA National Office, creation and tracking of evaluation of Officials, and scheduling and oversight of Officials for the NWBA National Championships Tournament.

Mike has a long and successful history within the NWBA. He has been involved in wheelchair basketball since his arrival in Lexington, KY, in 1987 where he served as a graduate assistant for NWBA Commissioner Stan Labanowich and coached the University of Kentucky Wheelkats. Mike was ahead of his time as he recruited both an Aussie and a Brit to play on the team leading them to their first top 25 ranking.

In his nearly 30 years with the NWBA, Mike has held positions as a coach, official, and administrator including Paralympic Trails Coaching Staff, PVA Camp Coaching Staff, Assistant NWBA Commissioner, Founding Member of the NWBA Officials Association, and has worked more than 30 Final Four and Championship Games across all of the NWBA Divisions.

Woodard on his new role within the NWBA – “It is a great honor to be working with the NWBA in this capacity. I am very excited for this opportunity. I believe this is a partnership that can have very favorable results for the NWBA, the NWBOA and create a level of professionalism and expertise that will only enhance the game.“

The NWBA is very pleased that Mike has accepted this new role within the NWBA. Mike has been an asset to the NWBA for over a quarter century in nearly every capacity imaginable and has always endeavored to make the NWBA the best it can be. His experiences make him the ideal person to serve as the NWBA Director of Officials and this marks another step towards the NWBA reaching its ultimate potential and serving its members to level they deserve.

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Parapan Am Games results

Use this link to stay up to date on the progress of the USA teams at the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games.


The USA Men’s wheelchair basketball team will begin its competition against Columbia on Saturday, August 8. The USA Women’s wheelchair basketball team will open against Peru on Sunday, August 9.



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ESPN3 to Live Stream events from Toronto Parapan Games

We are very excited to share the following links with those interested in viewing sports from the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games.

Check the following dates/times/and web links for details:

Friday – August 7, 19:00 Eastern
Parapan American Games: Opening Ceremony

Saturday – August 8, 16:00 Eastern
2015 Parapan American Games

Sunday – August 9, 16:00 Eastern
2015 Parapan American Games

Monday – August 10, 15:00 Easten
2015 Parapan American Games

Tuesday – August 11, 15:00 Eastern
2015 Parapan American Games

Wednesday – August 12, 15:00 Eastern
2015 Parapan American Games

Thursday – August 13, 15:00 Eastern
2015 Parapan American Games

Friday – August 14, 10:30 Eastern
2015 Parapan American Games: Wheelchair Basketball

Friday – August 14, 15:00 Eastern
2015 Parapan American Games

Saturday – August 15, 8:30 Eastern
2015 Parapan American Games

Saturday – August 15, 20:00 Eastern
2015 Parapan American Games: Closing Ceremony

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NWBA Staff Changes

Randy Schubert, NWBA Executive Director, and Dan Humphreys, NWBA Director of Sport & High Performance, have left their positions at the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.

An immediate search is underway to find a new Executive Director.

The Board would like to thank Randy and Dan for their contributions as Executive Director and Director of Sport & High Performance and wish them the best in their new endeavors.

For day-to-day NWBA matters, please contact Jeff Downes, NWBA Director of Business Operations at 719-266-4082, ext 103 or jeffdownes@nwba.org. Please direct NWBA Board related matters to Sarah Castle, NWBA BOD President, at sarahcastle@nwba.org.

Thank you.

NWBA Board of Directors

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