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    Registration Deadline: Monday, February 27 at 11:59 p.m. MST

    Photo Credit SMSU Athletics

    MARSHALL, MN - The NWBA is saddened by the loss of John Herndon, NWBA member and student-athlete of the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs of the Intercollegiate Division. Herdon passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

    "The NWBA and its Board of Directors are deeply saddened by the loss of John Herndon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Herndon family, friends, teammates and the SMSU community" said NWBA President Sarah Castle.

    Prior to this season, Herndon was a member of the Detroit Diehards of the Division III for the 2015-2016 NWBA season. Herdon has been playing wheelchair basketball for more than five years.

    Consider helping to support the Herndon family in this time of need with a donation.Click on the following link for more information.

    JOB Opportunity: Sportable - Athletic Director

    02/13/2017, 4:45pm CST
    By On Behalf of Sportable

    Sportable’s Mission is to create opportunities and transform the lives of those with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sport.  

    Job Description:  Sportable is seeking a highly motivated, energetic individual to join their team.  The Athletic Director position will be a key member of the Sportable team with a responsibility of managing all aspects of Sportable sport programming.  The ideal candidate will have excellent leadership skills with the ability to lead and mentor a dynamic team of Program Directors; will be detail oriented and highly organized; will be comfortable representing the organization throughout the Richmond community and sharing their “Sportable story;” and will be driven to help Sportable achieve their 2020 Vision of becoming a Gold Level USOC Paralympic Sport Club. 

    Category Type: This is a full time position.  Some night and weekend work is required. 

    SPORTABLE Overview

    Sportable is a Paralympic Sport Club based in Richmond, VA that actively seeks to fulfill its mission of impacting the lives of those with physical and visual disabilities through sport.  Sportable is successful at providing a variety of sports and recreation opportunities in the Greater Richmond Community not because of any one person’s efforts but because of the strength and breadth of our team. 

    Our team is fully committed to what we call The Sportable Way, which is defined as “enthusiasm with intention” and is guided by our values of

    Integrity – Being true to our word and honoring commitments to athletes, partners, and community

    Passion- Committing to work hard, stay positive, and encourage success in others

    Team Spirit- The expectation that our community will enjoy a sport for its own sake, while upholding the highest standard of fairness, respect, and camaraderie

    Ingenuity - Fostering an environment where athletes and volunteers are able to reach their full potential

    Sportable works with over 30 community partners to provide twelve year-round adaptive sports programs to individuals, age 5 and up, living with a physical or visual disability in Virginia.  The Sportable staff works with our athletes individually to assess programs in which they will be most successful, as well as goal setting, and works with our program coaches to create lesson plans that build on our athlete’s skills.  Further, the Sportable team works with many community partners to make competitive opportunities accessible for our athletes. 

    Sportable partners with the Greater Richmond YMCA so that Sportable athletes have year-round training opportunities and access to accessible wellness centers.  YMCA staff also receives disability etiquette training and adaptive sports training as part of the partnership.  Sportable also works with area schools through the Changing Perceptions in Schools Program where students are exposed to the world of adaptive sports through hands on learning during physical education classes. 

    MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS POSITION INCLUDE:

    The Athletic Director shall have responsibility and oversight for all Sportable sports programming.  The primary function will be to lead the programming team in the development, planning and execution of all sport programming offered by the organization.  

    Supervise and lead team of Program Directors by providing direction, input and feedback with regard to day-to-day operation and long term future of all sport programs.

    Establish, maintain and cultivate relationships with community and national partners that are instrumental in delivering high quality, impactful Sportable programming.  This includes new and potential community partners along with national organizations and governing bodies that are affiliated with the organization.

    Working with Program Directors and the Executive Director, the Athletic Director will be responsible for all elements of the programming calendar.  This includes planning, scheduling and securing the necessary resources to execute programming, and promoting that final schedule to target audiences. 

    Oversee the quality, content and execution of volunteer training for programming volunteers.

    Lead weekly staff meetings involving Sportable programming staff and, as necessary, coaches and program volunteers.

    Responsible for administrative duties that pertain to sports programming, including but not limited to: facility contracts; outcome reporting; eligibility requests; tournament paperwork; athlete, volunteer & coach files; etc. 

    Work with Program Staff and Executive Director to implement program audits. 

    Develop budgets for sport programs and special events.  Includes working with Program Directors, coaches and community partners to develop yearly program operating budgets and capital expenditure requests.   

     

    QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

    • Bachelor’s Degree of furthering education in Therapeutic Recreation, Park & Recreation, or related field, and/or at least two years experience in the field of Therapeutic Recreation or at least five years of hands on, programming experience in adaptive sports. 
    • Minimum of two years experience in a supervisory position. 
    • Passion for physical activity and improving the health of individuals with a physical disability.
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly.
    • Strong personal initiative and ability to work independently.
    • Ability to work collaboratively and productively with Executive Director, Board, staff, volunteers, and others.
    • Communicate clearly, honestly, and respectfully with participants, staff, donors, and volunteers. 
    • Well-organized; able to manage time and people wisely.
    • Strong work ethic and high degree of professionalism.
    • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint. 
    • Ability to work remotely and travel occasionally. 

     

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    • Competitive salary that is commensurate with experience
    • Four weeks of paid vacation
    • Great team work environment

    For consideration, resume and cover letter with salary requirements should be sent to Wendy Bondeson at the following address or email documents to Wendy@Sportable.org. No phone calls please.

    Sportable

    1365 Overbrook Road, Room 2

    Richmond, VA  23220

    Sportable provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

    2016-17 NWBA Junior Division Annual Awards

    02/06/2017, 10:30am CST
    By NWBA Junior Division Executive Committee

    Nomination Form Deadline - March 3

    The NWBA Junior Division Executive Committee is pleased to announce that they are accepting nomination forms for the 2016-17 NWBA Junior Division Annual Awards. The awards will be presented during the Junior Division Banquet at the 2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Louisville, KY. Recipients of an award do not need to be present to receive the award. Please read the awards descriptions and nomination forms to understand the premise of the award and requirements of each award. 
     

    Courage Center Award of Merit for Outstanding Leadership in Developing the Junior Division

    Every year the Junior Division will honor the Courage Center by presenting the Courage Center Award of Merit for Outstanding Leadership in Developing the Junior Division to an organization that embodies the characteristics of the Courage Center. This award is named after an organization that has truly been a leader in developing the sport, the division, and its athletes and coaches.
     

    Dave Ruback Legacy Award

    Every year the Junior Division will honor the memory of Dave Ruback by presenting the Dave Ruback Legacy Award to an individual that best exemplifies the way Dave Ruback served the Junior Division. This award is designed to honor parents of NWBA Junior Division athletes who go “above and beyond the norm” for the betterment of the Junior Division.
     

    Dr. Robert Szyman Leadership Award

    For all that Dr. Robert Szyman has accomplished throughout the years, it is the successful application of his vision and leadership through his service as the Commissioner of the Junior Division for 22 years that we honor with the annual presentation of the Dr. Robert Szyman Leadership Award. This award is an effort to recognize those who continue Bob’s work, those who help shape and grow the Junior Division, help develop the athletes and coaches that will take this organization and this sport well into the 21st century.
     

    Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award

    With over 50 years of contributions to the NWBA , each year the Junior Division will honor Ed Owen by presenting the Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award to the coach who embodies the legacy of dedication to teaching and learning, leadership and vision of Ed Owen. This award is designed to honor a coach who embodies the teaching qualities and coaching spirit of the legendary Ed Owen and meets the criteria for the Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award.
     

    In order to nominate a person or organization for an award, simply fill out the corresponding nomination form and return it to the Junior Division Executive Committee Secretary, David Elbert (elbert@jhu.edu) no later than Friday, March 3rd
     

    The Junior Division Executive Committee will review the nomination forms and vote for the recipient of each award.

    NWBA Hall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted

    02/02/2017, 12:45pm CST
    By NWBA

    The NWBA Hall of Fame is now accepted nominations for the 2017 NWBA Hall of Fame induction, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. The NWBA Hall of Fame is for competitors and non-competitors who made a significant contribution to the growth and playing of the sport of wheelchair basketball. 

    Hall of Fame criteria and selection process is defined on the NWBA Hall of Fame website by clicking here

    To nominate a person for the Hall of Fame... please complete the 'Hall of Fame Nomination Form by clicking here. Please complete the form with detailed and substantiated information about the nominee(s), and their contributions to wheelchair basketball. The NWBA Hall of Fame Committee would appreciate stats, articles, and other information. 

    Please complete the form along with three Letters of Support for the Nominee (in Word format) that verify and personalize the nominees unique qualifications. All nominations must be submitted by Friday February 17 at midnight to:

    Frank T. Burns , Chairman NWBA Hall of Fame Committee

    E-Mail: ftburns@hotmail.com

    Address:  6410 S. Minerva 1S

    Chicago, IL 60637

    Nomination to the Hall of Fame does NOT guarantee selection and Induction. Each nominee’s qualifications are carefully examined and evaluated. It is not unusual for nominees to be on the ballot for several years before selection.  

     

    Buenos Aires, Argentina – The U.S. Men’s U23 Team goes undefeated at IWBF America’s U23 Qualifier and qualifies for 2017 U23 World Championships set for Toronto, Canada, June 8-16. On the final Saturday, Team USA defeated host country Argentina, 66-18, for a perfect 6-0 record. 

    University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Jeromie Meyer of Woodbine, Iowa, led the U.S. squad against Argentina with 16 points and four rebounds. University of Wisconsin at Whitewater’s Kyle Gribble of Elmhurst, Illinois, found double digits as well with 10 points and 8 rebounds.

    University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Brent Regier of Henderson, Nebraska, and University of Missouri’s Marshall Lindsay of Stansbury Park, Utah, each scored 9 points on the final day.

    Team USA once again put up a defensive wall keeping Argentina to only single digits in the first three quarters (20-4; 39-6; and 57-8). In the final quarter, Argentina outscored the U.S. 10-9.

    Four the tournament, Team USA outscored the field 438-171. The top two finishing countries qualified for the 2017 IWBF U23 World Championships. Brazil finished second overall and qualifies.

    “We are extremely grateful to our host country Argentina for making us feel welcome and putting on an awesome tournament,” said U.S. Men’s U23 Head Coach Jeremy Lade of Whitewater, Wisconsin. “Our U23 team has qualified to compete in Toronto and we couldn’t be more excited. It was an incredible tournament and fantastic opportunity for us to grow as a team.”

    Lade, a U.S. Paralympic medalist, is serving as the head coach of the Men’s U23 World Championships team, and it is his first coaching assignment for the United States. Also on the sidelines are assistant coaches Christian Burkett of Seattle, Washington, and Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri. Kelly Fischbach will serve as the Team Leader, with Mike Lenser of Whitewater, Wisconsin working at the athletic trainer.

    The U23 men’s wheelchair basketball program is an international development team that serves as NWBA pipeline to the U.S. Men’s National Team. This program provides elite youth athletes the opportunity to compete at the international level. Team USA has reached the championship game in three of the last five U23 World Championships, having won in 2005 and 2009. The United States claimed a bronze medal in 2001, and did not participate in 2013. 

    2017 America’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championships Qualifier

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    January 23-28

    Results

    USA def. Brazil, 64-38

    USA def. Chile, 96-31

    USA def. Argentina, 69-18

    USA def. Brazil, 65-48

    USA def. Chile, 78-18

    USA def. Argentina, 66-18

    Proposed NWBA Bylaw Amendments Review

    01/28/2017, 12:30pm CST
    By NWBA Governance Committee

    Photo courtesy: Mary Carol Peterson

    Follow the links below for the Proposed Bylaw Amendments that have been received by the NWBA Governance Committee. Eligible voting delegates may vote on this proposals during the 2017 NWBA Annual Assembly at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, March 29. 

    UPDATED: NWBA Board of Directors Call for Nominations and Elections

    01/28/2017, 12:15pm CST
    By Scott Voskovitch, NWBA Governance Chairperson

    The NWBA Board of Directors has several positions up for re-election at the NWBA Annual Assembly that is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29 at the Crowne Plaza Airport in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel

    830 Phillips Lane

    Louisville, KY 40209

    800-633-8723

    The qualifications and nomination process are below. If you have questions regarding the process of filling the open NWBA Board of Directors position, please contact NWBA Governance Committee Chairperson and Board Secretary Scott Voskovitch by clicking here

    The elections for the NWBA Board of Director positions will be held in accordance with NWBA Bylaws Article 9, Section 9.4. The Governance Committee shall submit a slate of nominees for Board offices to the Executive Director for publication and distribution to the voting membership at least 30 days prior to the scheduled Annual Assembly. 

    The Governance Committee posting shall occur no later than Monday, February 27 via the NWBA website, located at http://www.nwba.org/

    All nominations received from the voting membership, as well as the nominations of the Governance committee, shall be closed 30 days prior to the Annual Assembly. No nominations from the floor of the Annual Assembly shall be permitted, except in the circumstance where the Governance Committee fails to submit nominations for a particular Board office. 

    The Board of Directors Positions for Re-Election: Sarah Castle (President) ; Bruce Fischbach (Vice President); Lee Montgomery (Director); Tim Fox (Director; fulfilling the un-expired term of Pat McCoy).

    The NWBA Bylaws referenced above, are below. 

    NWBA Bylaws – Article 7, Section 7.4: Qualifications 

    Each director of the Board of Directors must be twenty-five (25) years of age or older. In addition, a director shall: 
    .    a)  have the highest personal and professional integrity,
    .    b)  have demonstrated exceptional ability and judgment,
    .    c)  be effective, in conjunction with the other members of the Board, in collectively serving the long-term interests of the NWBA,
    .    d)  possess an understanding of athletic competition and the Paralympic ideals,
    .    e) have a high level of experience and capability in Board oversight responsibilities, including in the areas of finance, marketing, fundraising, audit, management, communications, sport, and other challenges that face the NWBA. 

    NWBA Bylaws – Article 9, Section 9.4: Elections
    At least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled Annual Assembly, the Governance Committee (see Article Ten of these Bylaws) shall submit a slate of nominees for Board offices to the Executive Director for publication and distribution to the voting membership of the organization. 

    The Governance committee shall submit all nominations received from the voting membership, as well as the nominations of the committee. Nominations for board offices shall be closed thirty days prior to the Annual Assembly and no nominations from the floor of the Annual Assembly shall be permitted, except in the circumstance where the Governance Committee fails to submit nominations for a particular Board office. 

    At the Annual Assembly, the chair of the Governance Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Director, shall prepare ballots for the voting membership which list all nominees by the Board office for which the candidates were nominated. 

    The chair of the Governance Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Director, shall also prepare ballots for any amendment issues that have been submitted as provided in Article Twenty of this document.

    The voting membership shall cast their votes for all offices and all amendment issues on a single, secret ballot at the Annual Assembly, and the results shall be tabulated and announced immediately. 

    Voting members of the NWBA who cannot attend the Annual Assembly may alternatively request an absentee ballot from the Chair of the Governance Committee.

    The request for an absentee ballot must be received at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Assembly. The completed absentee ballot must then be received by the Chair of the Governance at least five (5) days prior to the commencement of the Annual Assembly. Absentee ballots shall be tabulated at the same time as other ballots during the Annual Assembly.

    2016-17 NWBA Adult Division January Rankings

    01/28/2017, 8:45am CST
    By NWBA

    All three No. 1s hold their top spots

    The NWBA Adult Division Ranking Committee has announced its 2016-17 NWBA January Rankings for Division I, II and III. All three No. 1 ranked teams from the inaugural rankings remain in their top spot for each division.

    The Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks are the top ranked team in Division I with a 10-0 record. The Mavericks have an impressive scoring average of 69 points per game and also defensively sound allowing only 37 points per game. The Mavericks have captured five wins against teams ranked in the top 20 of Division I.

    The No. 20 Golden State Road Warriors are the only new team to the top 20 rankings for Division I.

    The Nassau Kings showcase a 15-1 record to secured the top spot in the Division II rankings. The Nassau Kings have the top overall point differential for Division II to with an impressive +/- point differential of 325. The sole lose for the Nassau Kings came against the No. 15 Magee Spokesmen (Division II) on Saturday, December 18 at the Dan Sullivan Classic

    New teams to the top 20 rankings for Division II are the No. 14 Delaware Destroyers, No. 18 Madonna Magic and No. 19 Sacramento Royals

    The final No. 1 spot of the NWBA Adult Division January Rankings is held by the LWSRA Hawks of Division III. The LWSRA Hawks hold a 16-2 record, with both loses coming from top 20 ranked Division II teams in the Music City Lightning (No. 20) and Miami Valley Raptors (No. 2). The LWSRA Hawks look to continue their seven game win streak into 2017. 

    New teams to the top 20 rankings for Division III are the No. 19 Lakeshore Lightning and No. 20 Chicago Skyhawks

    The NWBA Adult Division Rankings are used in determining the invites for the 2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical, set for Louisville, Kentucky, March 30-April 2. The top 16 ranked teams in each division will receive an invite to the 2017 NWBT. For teams who do not accept an invite, the NWBA Adult Division will extend an invite to the next highest ranked team.

    The 2017 NWBT will feature a total of 48 teams from the NWBA Adult Division and 48 teams from the NWBA Junior Division. For more information on the 2017 NWBT visit www.nwba.org/2017nwbt

    Division I

    1. Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks

    2. New York Rollin’ Knicks

    3. Milwaukee Bucks “A”

    4. Rogue Valley Scorpions

    5. Sacramento Rollin’ Kings

    6. University of Arizona Wildcats (Men’s)

    7. Utah Wheelin' Jazz

    8. Albuquerque Kings

    9. San Diego Wolfpack

    10. RIC Hornets

    11. Miami Heat Wheels

    12. Seattle Sonics

    13. Courage Rolling Timberwolves

    14. Fort Lauderdale Sharks - DI

    15. Mary Free Bed Pacers

    16. MedStar NRH Punishers

    17. Shepherd Stealers - DI

    18. Houston TIRR Hotwheels - DI

    19. L.A. Hot Wheels

    20. Golden State Road Warriors

    Division II

    1. Nassau Kings

    2. Miami Valley Raptors

    3. DFW Freewheelers

    4. San Antonio ParaSport Spurs

    5. Tampa Bay Strong Dogs

    6. Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers

    7. Ft. Lauderdale Sharks - DII

    8. Charlotte Rollin' Hornets - A

    9. Fayetteville Flyers

    10. Detroit Diehards

    11. WASA Bucks - DII

    12. Shepherd Stealers - DII

    13. MAPVA Richmond Rimriders

    14. Delaware Destroyers

    15. Magee Spokesmen

    16. London Forest City Flyers

    17. LA Clippers Chairmen

    18. Madonna Magic

    19. Sacramento Royals

    20. Music City Lightning

    Division III

    1. LWSRA Hawks

    2. Houston TIRR Hotwheels - DIII

    3. RHI Pacers

    4. Phoenix WC Suns

    5. Oklahoma Rollin' Trojans

    6. Boyle Heights Kodiaks

    7. Brooklyn Nets

    8. CSULB Flying Wheels

    9. Orlando Magic Wheels

    10. Spartanburg Pistons

    11. Rancho Renegades

    12. Triad Trackers

    13. Columbus WCB Club

    14. Pittsburg Steelwheelers

    15. Brooks Ballers

    16. Triangle Thunder

    17. RCRC Lightning

    18. Austin Rec'ers - DIII

    19. Lakeshore Lightning

    20. Chicago Skyhawks

    Buenos Aires, Argentina – The U.S. Men’s U23 team notched another tally in the win column to improve to 5-0 at the 2017 U23 America’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championships Qualifier. Team USA knocked off Chile for the second time at the tournament, 78-18. The United States will conclude the America’s Qualifier with its final game against host country Argentina.

    Pacing Team USA on Friday was University of Texas at Arlington’s Fabian Romo of Missouri, Texas, as he scored 21 points, snagged 6 rebounds. University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Brent Regier of Henderson, Nebraska, socred the second most in the Chile game with 19 points and a team high 8 rebounds.

    Drew Selz of Waterford, Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, put up 8 points, his tournament high to date.

    The U23 men were very stingy on the defensive side of the ball. At half, Team USA was up 41-12, and only allowed Chile to the net for two points in the third.

    "Today our U23 team showed its best team defensive effort of the tournament," said U.S. Men's U23 Head Coach Jeremy Lade of Whitewater, Wisconsin. "They movedwell together, had awareness of threats and communicated through all situations. We still have plenty to work o, but our game against Chile was a stepping stone in the right direction."

    Team USA saw contributions from four other players throughout the game. After five days of play, Team USA has outscored the field 372-153, and will tip off against Argentina on Saturday.

    The United States must place in top two to qualify for the 2017 IWBF Men’s U23 World Championships, scheduled for Toronto, Canada, June 8-16.

    U.S. Paralympic medalist Jeremy Lade of Whitewater, Wisconsin, is serving as the head coach of the Men’s U23 World Championships team, and it is his first coaching assignment for the United States. Also on the sidelines are assistant coaches Christian Burkett of Seattle, Washington, and Scott Meyer of Columbia, Missouri. Kelly Fischbach will serve as the Team Leader, with Mike Lenser of Whitewater, Wisconsin working at the athletic trainer.

    The U23 men’s wheelchair basketball program is an international development team that serves as NWBA pipeline to the U.S. Men’s National Team. This program provides elite youth athletes the opportunity to compete at the international level. Team USA has reached the championship game in three of the last five U23 World Championships, having won in 2005 and 2009. The United States claimed a bronze medal in 2001, and did not participate in 2013. 

    2017 America’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championships Qualifier

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    January 23-28

    Results

    USA def. Brazil, 64-38

    USA def. Chile, 96-31

    USA def. Argentina, 69-18

    USA def. Brazil, 65-48

    USA def. Chile, 78-18

    Schedule

    January 28 Argentina vs. USA

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