New Online Presence For IWBF
IWBF have revealed a new website ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Phase one of the new online presence has been completed in time for the Games to ensure that the interest and exposure the sport receives is monopolised.
The website was been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing the general public to access information about the sport including news and events.
Following Rio 2016 the website will go under further work to ensure it is the online hub for wheelchair basketball information worldwide.
President of IWBF, Ulf Mehrens, said “A new website for IWBF has been an immediate priority in the last few months. We know the Paralympic Games drives a huge amount of awareness for the sport and we wanted to make the sport as easily accessible as possible to the wider public, as well as providing more information on the happenings of wheelchair basketball to our wheelchair.”
To keep up with all the action of Rio 2016 you can also follow IWBF’s social media accounts:
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/IWBF.org
• Twitter: @_iwbf
The Paralympic Games kick off on the networks of NBC on Sept. 7.
Coverage of the 2016 Paralympics begins on the networks of NBC starting Sept. 7. See the schedule below for when you can catch all the action from Rio on television.
Wednesday, Sept. 7 7 - 10 p.m., NBCSN Opening Ceremony
Thursday, Sept. 8 2:30 - 6 p.m., NBCSN
7 - 9 p.m., NBCSN
Friday, Sept. 9 1 - 5 a.m., NBCSN
11:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m., NBCSN
Sunday, Sept. 11 1:30 - 3:30 a.m, NBCSN
7:00 - 10:00 p.m., NBCSN
Monday, Sept. 12 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., NBCSN
Tuesday, Sept. 13 1:00 - 5:00 a.m., NBCSN
2:00 - 5:00 p.m., NBCSN
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., NBCSN
Wednesday, Sept. 14 1:00 - 5:00 a.m., NBCSN
2:00 - 6:00 p.m., NBCSN
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., NBCSN
Thursday, Sept 15 1:00 - 5:00 a.m., NBCSN
2:00 - 6:00 p.m., NBCSN
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., NBCSN
Friday, Sept. 16 1:00 - 5:00 a.m., NBCSN
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., NBCSN
Saturday, Sept. 17 1:00 - 5:00 a.m., NBCSN
Sunday, Sept 18 12:00 - 3:00 a.m., NBCSN
7:00 - 10:00 p.m, NBC
10:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., NBCSN
Darlene Hunter is a veteran with experience and confidence. She is poised and tough all in the right moments. She has been a key player for the National Team since the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The Commerce Township, Michigan, native never actually played wheelchair basketball, until she was in college in 2000. She had previously been a track participant and made it to the 1999 and 2001 World Championships. At one point in her track career, she was top five in her specific classification.
Although she was very successful in track, she became enthralled with the team aspect of wheelchair basketball. It gives her confidence that she always has people to pick her up and push her to get through. She considers 2010 as her breakout year in the sport, winning a gold at the IWBF World Championships and then finding the top of the podium again in 2011 and 2015 at the Parapan American Games.
She credits her parents with all the success. She notes how much her parents had to work to afford for her and her brother to be in sports and to travel with teams. They supported everything she does and is always there for her no matter what including the ups and the downs.
Hunter attended the University of Arizona in Tucson where she studied Psychology and then went on to receive her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas. If that wasn’t enough for this genius, she went onto Texas Women’s University to get her PhD in Family Studies. She now works for HCB Digital building curriculum for schools including online courses. She also is the regional coordinator for Veterans and Community programs for the Texas Regional Paralympic Sport. She resides in Arlington, Texas.
Darlene is very involved in the sport and couldn’t love the community of Wheelchair Basketball anymore. She is involved with the Dallas Junior Wheelchair Basketball Team and is also a volunteer coach. She loves her teammates on the National Team just as much like they are one big family.
“I love my teammates and that’s one of the reasons I play. The women are growing and becoming stronger and they are more emotionally supportive in good and bad times. This sport truly never disappoints,” said Hunter.
She shouldn’t be disappointed in Rio either as both her and the team are confident going into the Games. She is confident in the training and work they have put in and believes they will have nothing but success in the Games.
Colorado Springs, Colo. – The NWBA announced Wednesday that Brandon McBeain of Colorado Springs, Colorado, will join the National Office staff as the Director, Membership Services and Programs, on August 8. This is a new position for the NWBA and is dedicated to servicing all members and identifying new program opportunities. McBeain, who was the treasurer of the NWBA Junior Division since 2012, comes to the NWBA with an expansive background in sports administration.
He will oversee the management and implementation of all aspects of the NWBA Membership program, including the management and implementation of the NWBA Registration process, event sanctioning, and serve as the primary contact for grassroots programs and NWBA Divisions. He will assist with tournament execution for the NWBT, Collegiate Nationals and Women’s Nationals, as well as assist with camps, demonstrations and clinics. He will be focused on growing the NWBA membership programming including Club/Team development, Coaches Education, Officials Education and player development.
“Brandon has a wealth of experience that will further advance the NWBA and has a great deal of knowledge and expertise with NWBA grassroots programming,” said Jim Scherr, NWBA Executive Director. “We are pleased to welcome Brandon to the National Office staff and look forward to his continued dedication to the NWBA.”
Most recently, he was the Membership Experience Director for the Garden Ranch YMCA in Colorado Springs. In his role, he was responsible for $2.1 million in revenue that resulted in $1.4 million in net assets. He provided customer service to approximately 11,000 members and developed marketing strategies to promote member experience and retention. Prior to this role, McBeain was the Sports Director at the YMCA from 2013-15.
McBeain, originally from Minnesota, found his passion for Paralympic sport working at the Courage Center as the Sports Program Coordinator from 2011-13. He administered all aspects of programming for seven wheelchair basketball teams; three wheelchair softball teams; and involved in numerous adaptive sports program camps, events, and tournaments.
Following college, his career started at Haberman Brand Public Relations Firm focusing on the 2010 United States Pond Hockey Championships in Minneapolis, and working for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as the Assistant to Chief of Stadium in Whistler British Columbia.
McBeain received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Sports Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He and his wife, Tarah, reside in Colorado Springs.
We are please to open the registration period for teams and officials, from August 1-31.
To register click on the link below:
Individual Registration will start on Tuesday, September 6.
We are looking forward to the start of the 2016-17 NWBA Season. The Board just recently completed its July Board of Directors meeting where several exciting additions have been made for the overall improvement of the game, especially for players and teams.
The 2016-17 Team Registration will open on Monday, August 1 at 2 p.m. Mountain, and close on August 31 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain. The individual registration will commence on September 6, and more information will be forthcoming. The registration fee for the 2016-17 NWBA Season will be maintained at $375 per team.
The 2016-17 season will feature three Adult Divisions, in order to provide more competitive opportunities, and provide a progressive level of competition for community based wheelchair basketball teams. The Championship Division has been renamed Division I. We have added Division II as a pilot program for the season that will include a National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, March 30-April 2, 2017. We will also maintain Division III.
Division I - allows for the elite level individuals and teams to play at the highest level of competition. Division II - allows the experienced and more developed players and teams to play mid-level competition. Division III - allows new players and lesser developed teams the ability to play at a developmental or recreational level.
As the season progresses, we will be working and monitoring with the Divisional Leaders in the management of the three Adult Divisions to objectively evaluate the pilot program of Division II.
There are no significant changes to the Junior Division, Women’s Division, or Collegiate Division that effect Team Registration.
The registration process will be similar to last year, and should be easier as your user information from last season will be pre-populated so you can review and edit any changes. We thank you for your participation and look forward to another successful season.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Outstanding performances during the month of July earned artistic gymnast Simone Biles, swimmer Michael Phelps and the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team Best of July honors for the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Three-time all-around world champion Biles earned a berth to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after clinching the all-around title at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials in San Jose, California. The four-time U.S. champion won the all-around crown with a score of 123.250, more than a two-point margin of victory. The first-time Olympian also earned the top scores on vault (32.200) and floor exercise (31.250). Biles has won every all-around competition she has entered since the 2013 P&G Championships, which is USA Gymnastics’ national championships, in August 2013.
Phelps became the first American male swimmer to qualify for a fifth Olympic Games with three wins at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming in Omaha, Nebraska. Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly and 200 individual medley at the Olympic trials for the fourth consecutive time, while also claiming his third straight 100 butterfly win. He has a record 16 career victories at Olympic trials.
The U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team competed at the Women’s World Super Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. Team USA claimed the title by defeating the reigning Paralympic champion, Germany, and the 2012 Paralympic bronze medalist, The Netherlands. With its win, the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team demonstrated dominance against top international medal contenders and continued a winning streak which began when the women placed first at the international friendly in June in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In addition to Dow, the presenting sponsor, the Team USA Awards are supported by Coca-Cola, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Kellogg’s, Samsung and USG.
The NWBA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Will Waller and Tim Fox to the Board. Pat McCoy, a director for numerous years, resigned his position earlier this summer. Through this vacancy, the Board of Directors evaluated its structure, and decided it was in the best interest of wheelchair basketball to offer an “at-large” position, in addition to backfilling the vacancy created by Pat McCoy’s departure.
Over the last year, the Board of Directors and the National Office have been shifting its focus to become a more athlete centered organization. This means ensuring that the choices it makes as a Board are improving the experience of our players at all levels, and particularly their overall development. The Board welcomes both Waller and Fox to their positions at the table as the Board develops strategies to execute the NWBA’s plans.
The Board of Directors reviewed the By-Laws to confirm it was within NWBA’s scope to fill an at-large opening. The Board of Directors is composed of seven elected positions and six at-large positions, with two of the at-large positions being filled by individuals who are independent with no relationship to the NWBA.
Waller has agreed to accept the at-large position that is a two-year term. In addition to bringing the voice of an athlete who has grown through multiple levels of the NWBA (Community Program, Collegiate Division, Division I, National Team, and Division III), Will’s prior experience with the Board of Directors and various committees with the NWBA, along with his professional background as a Human Resources Executive at Goodyear make him a uniquely qualified candidate. “In our interview with Will, it was obvious that he has a passion to make our organization better. His leadership has been evident in all facets of his life,” said Sarah Castle, NWBA President.
The Board is also pleased to announce that Tim Fox will fill the position vacated by Pat McCoy, through the balance of the original term (April 2017). Fox, like Waller, is currently a part of The Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers Organization. Fox has been a coach with the Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers, and also serves as the General Manager. The recent success of the Cavs on and off the court is directly attributable to Fox and the vision he has for the team. The Wheelchair Cavaliers were crowned Division III Champions in 2010. The Wheelchair Cavs duo of Fox and Waller have built strong relationships in the community, most notably establishing a Junior Wheelchair Cavaliers Team several years ago.
In addition to helping foster one of the NWBA’s best relationships with its NBA Parent organization, Fox has also been a member of the NWBA Division III Committee. “It is great to see how we can grow talent in the NWBA. For people like Tim who want to take advantage of opportunities to give back and make a difference, there are a progression of opportunities available. We are excited to see his contributions as he steps into his new role on the NWBA Board of Directors,” said Castle.
Please join us in thanking Pat McCoy for his many years of service and contributions to the NWBA, while also welcoming Will and Tim to the Board of Directors. Both members were active participants at this past weekend’s Board of Directors meetings.