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New Online Presence for IWBF

08/22/2016, 11:45pm CDT
By IWBF

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 Paralympics Kick off on the Networks of NBC September 7th

08/22/2016, 11:00pm CDT
By NBC Olympics

Paralympic Schedule

Paralympic Schedule

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

                                    Closing Ceremony

 

 

Darlene Hunter: A Veteran with Grit and Poise

08/19/2016, 6:45pm CDT
By Taylor Bond

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. 

Team and Official Registration Open

08/01/2016, 3:00pm CDT
By NWBA

All teams and officials can register now from Aug. 1-31

We are please to open the registration period for teams and officials, from August 1-31. 

To register click on the link below:

Team Registration

Official Registration

Individual Registration will start on Tuesday, September 6. 

Individual Registration for the 2016-17 Season Starts 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.

 

USOC Best of July honors for Team USA Awards presented by Dow

07/27/2016, 8:30pm CDT
By U.S. Olympic Committee

Gymnast Simone Biles, Swimmer Michael Phelps, and the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team earn July accolades

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.

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is proud to announce the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. The Team USA roster features eight U.S. Paralympians, five with World Championships experience, and returns 10 of the 12 from the gold-medal winning 2015 Parapan Am Games. This team will feature five-time U.S. Paralympian and co-captain Christina Schwab of Lakewood, Colorado, who will lead her group of 12 athletes into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September. The team was selected by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Women’s Player Selection Committee and is pending final approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Paralympics.
 
Schwab, a two-sport Paralympian, garners two gold medals in wheelchair basketball from Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, and participated in four World Championships in wheelchair basketball (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010). She was a member of the track and field team in London 2012.
 
Gail Gaeng of Frederick Maryland, the other co-captain, will be making her maiden trip to the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The 24-year-old and recent University of Illinois graduate helped Team USA to the top of the podium last summer at the Parapan Am Games.
 
“The selection of the U.S. women’s team was a tough choice for head coach Stephanie Wheeler and the selection committee, as all of the athletes are deserving of selection,” said Jim Scherr, NWBA Executive Director. “The talent of this team brings a wealth of experience from prior Paralympics and World Championships, and familiarity to draw from that will provide the United States success in Rio. This team is deep in talent, and provides our coaching staff an ability to establish numerous lineups as we build towards Rio in September.”
 
Making their third Games appearance are Becca Murray of Germantown, Wisconsin and Natalie Schneider of Crete, Nebraska. Both Murray and Schneider won gold in 2008 and finished fourth in 2012. Murray has also played in two World Championships in 2010 and 2014, and was joined by Schneider in 2010.
 
Five athletes will return for their second Games appearance after success at the Parapan Am Games in Toronto, Canada, last summer, and are led by the offensive juggernaut Rose Hollermann of Elysian, Minnesota; and the defensive strengths of Darlene Hunter of Commerce Township, Michigan; Desiree Miller of Monroe, Washington; and Jennifer Poist of McSherrystown, Pa. Hunter and Miller both played on the 2010 World Championship team, while Hollermann and Poist were members of the 2014 World Championship team.
 
Mackenzie Soldan of Hemlock, Michigan will be making her second appearance in the Games but her first in wheelchair basketball. Soldan competed in tennis in London 2012, but shortly after the London Paralympics she came back to wheelchair basketball and competed on the 2014 U.S. Women’s World Championship team and helped Team USA to the gold medal at the 2015 Parapan Am Games.
 
2014 World Championship teammates and 2015 Parapan Am Games teammates Megan Blunk of Gig Harbor, Washington, and Abigail Dunkin of New Braunfels, Texas, will make their first trip to the Games in September. Also joining will be Vanessa Erskine of Kearney, Missouri, a Youth Parapan Games gold medalist.
 
“The decision was difficult in selecting the final 12 members of this Paralympic Games team, and I am thankful for the input from the selection committee,” said U.S. Women’s Head Coach Stephanie Wheeler of Champaign, Illinois. “We have been working together for several months as a team, and have grown together in training camps and international competitions. The mixture of veterans and newcomers brings talent, skill and energy that should position the United States well this September.”
 
Up next for the U.S. Women will be the second U.S. Women’s International Friendly at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, June 22-26. Team USA will close out its 2016 international schedule at the Women’s World Super Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, July 13-18. The 12 women will have one more training camp in Colorado Springs prior to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, scheduled for Sept. 7-18.
 
The U.S. women’s team qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games by winning the 2015 Parapan American Games. The U.S. women dominated the Parapan Am competition by outscoring their opponents by 55 points per game and avenged their 2014 World Championships fourth-place finish by defeating Canada for the gold medal in Toronto, Canada.
 
The U.S. Women’s Head Coach is Stephanie Wheeler of Champaign, Illinois, who won two Paralympic gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games, and will be assisted by NWBA Hall of Famer Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, California, and Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin, with Kearstin Gehlhausen of Whitewater, Wisconsin, serving as the team leader, and Karla Wessels of Lexington, Kentucky, is the athletic trainer. Dr. Roberta Kraus of Colorado Springs, Colorado, serves as both the men’s and women’s Team Psychologist.
 
The U.S. Women’s team finished fourth at the London 2012 Paralympics, after claiming the gold medal at the Beijing 2008 and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.
 
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Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 7-18, 2016
 
2016 U.S. Paralympic Women’s Team Roster (Alphabetical)
Name Residence Hometown Birthdate
Megan Blunk Urbana, Ill. Gig Harbor, Wash. 09/12/1989
Abby Dunkin Arlington, Texas New Braunfels, Texas 11/24/1995
Vanessa Erskine Zwickau, Germany Kearney, Mo. 07/12/1994
Gail Gaeng Champaign, Ill. Frederick, Md. 12/27/1992
Rose Hollermann Arlington, Texas Elysian, Minn. 12/25/1995
Darlene Hunter Arlington, Texas Commerce Township, Mich. 04/16/1982
Desiree Miller Whitewater, Wis. Monroe, Wash. 08/12/1987
Becca Murray Germantown, Wis. Germantown, Wis. 03/15/1990
Jennifer Poist Tucson, Ariz. McSherrystown, Pa. 03/14/1989
Natalie Schneider Crete, Neb. Crete, Neb. 02/11/1983
Christina Schwab Lakewood, Colo. Dane, Wis. 07/31/1980
Mackenzie Soldan Tuscaloosa, Ala. Hemlock, Mich. 05/14/1992
 
U.S. Team Staff:
Head Coach: Stephanie Wheeler, Champaign, Illinois
Assistant Coach: Trooper Johnson, San Lorenzo, California; Amy Spangler, Madison, Wisconsin
Team Leader: Kearstin Gehlhausen, Whitewater, Wisconsin
Athletic Trainer: Karla Wessels, Lexington, Kentucky
Team Psychologist: Dr. Roberta Kraus, Colorado Springs, Colorado
 
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Schedule
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 7-18, 2016

Date Time Round U.S. Opponent Venue
9/8/16 10 a.m. Pool Play France vs. USA Carioca Arena 1
9/10/16 6 p.m.  Pool Play USA vs. China Carioca Arena 1
9/11/16 3:45 p.m. Pool Play Netherlands vs. USA Carioca Arena 1
9/12/16 9:30 a.m. Pool Play USA vs. Algeria Rio Olympic Arena
9/13/16 9:30 a.m. Women’s 9-10 Place  Rio Olympic Arena
9/13/16 11:45 a.m. Women’s Quarter-final  Rio Olympic Arena
9/13/16 3:15 p.m. Women’s Quarter-final  Rio Olympic Arena
9/13/16 5:30 p.m.  Women’s Quarter-final  Rio Olympic Arena
9/13/16 9 a.m. Women’s Quarter-final  Rio Olympic Arena
9/15/16 11:45 a.m. Women’s Semi-final  Rio Olympic Arena
9/15/16 3:15 p.m. Women’s Semi-final  Rio Olympic Arena
9/16/16 9:30 a.m. Women’s 7-8 Place Game  Rio Olympic Arena
9/16/16 11:45 a.m. Women’s Bronze Medal Game Rio Olympic Arena
9/16/16 3:15 p.m.  Women’s 5-6 place  Rio Olympic Arena
9/16/16 5:30 p.m.  Women’s Gold Medal Game  Rio Olympic Arena
9/16/16 7:30 p.m. Women’s Victory Ceremony  Rio Olympic Arena
 
2016 Rio Paralympic Games Women's pools
Group A: Canada; Germany; Great Britain; Argentina; Brazil
Group B: USA; Netherlands; France; China; Algeria

The NWBA announced Wednesday the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team that is highlighted by six returning athletes from the London 2012 Paralympic Games that won a bronze medal, and eight athletes from the silver-medal winning 2014 World Championships. The team was selected by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Men’s Player Selection Committee and is pending final approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Paralympics.
 
Mike Paye of Macomb, Michigan, and Steve Serio of Westbury, New York, the two captains of the gold-medal winning 2015 Parapan Am Games Team, lead the roster of 12 athletes and will be playing in their third Paralympic Games. They played together on three consecutive World Championship teams (2006, 2010, 2014), and were together again at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics where the U.S. finished fourth. Paye was a member of the Athens 2004 Paralympic Team, and Serio helped lead the United States’ bronze-medal performance at the London 2012 Paralympics.
 
Also making a fourth consecutive Paralympic Games appearance will be Matt Scott of Southfield, Mich., who also was a member of the 2006, 2010 and 2014 U.S. World Championship teams.
 
“The selection of the U.S. men’s team was a challenging decision for head coach Ron Lykins and the selection committee, as all of the athletes are extremely talented and deserving of selection,” said Jim Scherr, NWBA Executive Director. “The mixture of veteran talent from prior Paralympics and World Championships, and an emerging group of youth players provided us a deep pool of elite athletes to draw from that will provide our best opportunity for success in Rio. This team is built on depth, and provides our coaching staff an ability to establish numerous lineups as we enter the final preparations into Rio in September.”
 
Two-time U.S. Paralympian Josh Turek of Council Bluffs, Iowa, will make a third Games appearance in Rio. Turek, a member of the 2014 U.S. World Championship squad that won a silver medal, first played on the big stage in 2004 and again in 2012. Ian Lynch of Bellevue, Kentucky, Nate Hinze of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Trevon Jenifer of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, will make their second U.S. Paralympic squad after winning bronze at the London 2012 Paralympics.
 
John Gilbert of Salisbury, Missouri, and Aaron Gouge of Grand Prairie, Texas, who played on both the 2014 World Championship and 2015 Parapan Am Games teams, will see action in their first Paralympic Games. Also making their first U.S. Paralympic Team are three standouts who helped the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto: Jared Arambula of Valparaiso, Indiana; Brian Bell of Forest Park, Illinois; and Jake Williams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 
“This was an extremely difficult process to select 12 athletes from a group of incredibly talented elite athletes,” said U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team Head Coach Ron Lykins, who also coached the U.S. women’s team to Paralympic gold in 2004 and 2008. “The group we selected best fits the style of play that the coaches want to play – good speed, great shooters, excellent defensive skill in half and full court situations. There is a good mix of veterans and younger players who have been with us since we started this journey in 2013. We are excited to be back together and preparing for the Rio Paralympics.”
 
The cumulative participation at major events of the 12 athletes proves to be rich with veteran talent and a welcomed addition of younger elite athletes. By the numbers, this group has participated in 12 Paralympic Games and 16 World Championships combined. The roster returns eight from the silver-medal 2014 World Championships and 11 from the 2015 Parapan Am Games.
 
The U.S. team will open the Rio 2016 Paralympics on Sept. 8, against host country Brazil in the Rio Olympic Arena. The U.S. men’s team qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games by winning the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto, Canada. The U.S. men outscored the competition by 36 points per game.
 
The U.S. men’s team finished with a bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympics and look to improve in Rio de Janeiro. The men’s team finished seventh in 2004 and fourth in 2008, following bronze-medal performances in 2000 and 1996.
 
Also joining Lykins on the sidelines will be assistant coaches Robb Taylor of Auburn, Alabama, and John Sikora of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri, will serve as the Team Leader, with Mary Vacala of Savannah, Georgia, filling the athletic trainer position. Also assisting in preparations are strength coach Michael Cohen of Savannah, Georgia, and team psychologist Dr. Roberta Kraus of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
 
The sport of wheelchair basketball started in the United States in 1945 following World War II. The sport has grown worldwide and was introduced at the Rome 1960 Paralympic Games and today it is nearly participated in 100 countries. The sport is designed for athletes who have physical impairment of the lower extremities that prevents running, jumping and pivoting. Men and women play on teams of five players each and the measurements of the court and the height of the baskets are the same as in able-bodied basketball.
 
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 7-17, 2016
 
2016 U.S. Men’s Paralympic Games Roster (Alphabetical)
No.  Name Residence Hometown Ht. Date of Birth
20 Jared Arambula Valparaiso, Ind. Valparaiso, Ind. 5’8” 1/8/1990
8 Brian Bell Forest Park, Ill. Birmingham, Ala. 6’1” 2/24/1989
12 John Gilbert Salisbury, Mo. Fairfax, Mo. 5’8” 4/4/1987
42 Aaron Gouge Grand Prairie, Texas Wake Forest, N.C. 6’0” 11/3/1985
15 Nate Hinze Oshkosh, Wis. Cedar Grove, Wis. 6’3” 6/12/1988
16 Trevon Jenifer Edinboro, Pa. Huntington, Md. 6’0” 9/7/1988
13 Ian Lynch Bellevue, Ky. Brooklyn Park, Minn. 5’4” 4/20/1984
5 Michael Paye Macomb, Mich. Warren, Mich. 5’10” 3/24/1983
9 Matt Scott Southfield, Mich. Detroit, Mich. 5’5” 3/27/1985
11 Steve Serio Westbury, N.Y. Westbury, N.Y. 5’4” 9/8/1987
4 Joshua Turek Council Bluffs, Iowa Council Bluffs, Iowa 5’11” 4/12/1979
2 Jake Williams Milwaukee, Wis. Milwaukee, Wis. 6’1” 8/2/1991
 
U.S. Men’s Staff:  Head Coach Ron Lykins (Columbia, Mo.); Assistant Coaches Robb Taylor (Auburn, Ala.), and John Sikora (Pittsburgh, Pa.); Team Leader Scott Meyer (Columbia, Mo.); Athletic Trainer Mary Vacala (Savannah, Ga.); Strength Coach Michael Cohen (Savannah, Ga.); Team Psychologist Dr. Roberta Kraus (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
 
2016 U.S. Men’s Paralympic Games Schedule
Date  Time Men/Women U.S. Opponent   Venue
9/8/16  3:15P Men  Brazil vs. USA   Rio Olympic Arena
9/9/16  9:30A Men  USA vs. Germany  Rio Olympic Arena
9/10/16 3:45P Men  USA vs. Islamic Republic of Iran Carioca Arena 1
9/11/16 6:00P Men  Algeria vs. USA   Carioca Arena 1
9/12/16 3:45P Men  USA vs. Great Britain  Carioca Arena 1
 
9/14/16 9:30A Men’s 11-12 place    Rio Olympic Arena
9/14/16 11:45A  Men’s quarter-final    Rio Olympic Arena
9/14/16 3:15P Men’s quarter final    Rio Olympic Arena
9/14/16 5:30P Men’s quarter final    Rio Olympic Arena
9/14/16 9:00P Men’s quarter final    Rio Olympic Arena
9/15/16 9:30A Men’s 9-10 place     Rio Olympic Arena
9/15/16 5:30P Men’s semi-final     Rio Olympic Arena
9/15/16 9:00P Men’s semi-final     Rio Olympic Arena
9/17/16 9:30A Men’s 7-8 place     Rio Olympic Arena
9/17/16 11:45A Men’s Bronze medal match   Rio Olympic Arena
9/17/16 3:15P Men’s 5-6 place     Rio Olympic Arena
9/17/16 5:30P Men’s Gold medal match    Rio Olympic Arena
9/17/16 7:30P Men’s victory ceremony    Rio Olympic Arena
 
2016 Rio Paralympic Games Men's pools
Group A: Australia; Canada; Turkey; Netherlands; Japan; Spain
Group B: Iran; USA; Great Britain; Germany; Algeria; Brazil

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