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    Photo link from the North Carolina Winter Classic

    11/18/2015, 7:45pm CST
    By NWBA

    Great work from Amory Anderson Photography & Wendy Yang Photography

    Follow the link below for fantastic photos from the recent North Carolina Winter Classic tournament held in Charlotte.  

    Amory Anderson Photography and Wendy Yang Photography did a great job catching the spirit of the games. 

    NWBA Athlete of the Week - Rose Hollermann

    11/18/2015, 6:45pm CST
    By NWBA

    Weekly Installment featuring men's and women's Team USA players

    Rose Hollermann, a member of the gold-medal winning 2015 U.S. Parapan Am Games team, is the youngest member of the U.S. Women’s Team USA at the age of 19. Hollermann and her 2015 teammates are finalists for the Paralympic Team of the Year award, presented by Dow. Hollermann, the leading scorer with 37 points in the gold-medal game against Canada, sealed the Parapan Am Games title by scoring four points from the charity stripe in the last minute of the game for the 80-72 win. The women’s squad outscored its opponents by an average of 55 points per game. By its win, Team USA also qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

    Be sure to vote for Rose and her teammates at  Voting is live through Nov. 20.  The winner will be announced on Dec. 10.

    Name:         Rose Hollermann
    Height:         5’8”
    Classification:     3.5
    Date of Birth:     Dec. 25, 1995
    Place of Birth:     Elysian, Minn.
    Hometown:         Elysian, Minn.
    Residence:         Arlington, Texas
    High School:     Waterville-Elysian-Morristown High School, Waterville, Minnesota. 
    College:         University of Texas at Arlington, Majoring in Early Childhood Education

    Paralympic Games Experience: 4th place at 2012 Paralympic Games

    Career Highlights:     2015, 2011 Parapan Am Games, Gold medal
    2011, U25 World Championship, gold medal
    2010, U20 World Championship, gold medal 
    2010,  All-Tournament Team from the National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
    2008, 2009, 2010 National Junior Wheelchair Basketball National Champion

    Personal Background: Her parents are John and Michelle Hollermann, and she has three brothers: Shane, Ethan and Seth.

    Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, basketball, sled hockey and listening to music.

    Q&A with Rose:
    NWBA:  Who is your hero?
    Rose: My heroes will always be my parents.

    NWBA:  When did you start playing wheelchair basketball? 
    Rose: I started playing basketball at the Courage Center when I was seven years old. 

    NWBA: At the Parapan Am Games when you scored 37 points for the Gold medal, what do you contribute that performance to? Was it coaching, game plan, conditioning, etc.
    Rose: One of the great things about the team is that I can be the 3rd threat on the team.  With Becca and Desi being so strong and being such good shooters, they give me a lot of space to cut and move allowing me to do what I am best at.  One of the beautiful things about our team is that we complement each other.  Everyone is willing to give up for the team.

    NWBA: This was the second time in your career winning the Parapan Am Games. Does this championship have a special feeling? 
    Rose:  I was only 15 the first time and was in the backseat.  This time I was a starter for the team.  Also in Mexico it was very different.  Being in Toronto, it was more like home.

    NWBA: You basketball career is pretty amazing for someone your age. How have you become so successful and a major contributor to the United States? 
    Rose: I give all my success to my parents.  From an early age they gave me confidence to do well.  I think my dad loves the sport more than me and basketball is everything to me.  I have great parents that got excited about whatever sport my brothers and I were interested in.

    NWBA:  Did you play any other sports? Did you receive any awards from other sports?
    Rose:  I participated in swimming, sled hockey, archery, track & field, and cross-country skiing. 

    NWBA:  Do you play or have you ever played on an overseas wheelchair basketball team?
    Rose:  I have not played overseas, but I hope to one day. 

    NWBA:  Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
    Rose:  I have one game superstition: my socks and shoes have to be mismatched. 

    NWBA:  What is your favorite basketball moment? 
    Rose:  My favorite basketball memory was a comeback from a 20-point deficit to China in the 2012 London Paralympic Games. 

    NWBA:  Why do you play wheelchair basketball? 
    Rose:  I play basketball because it’s I have always loved. I love everything about it, from the sound of a ball bouncing to a teammate getting on you for not pushing hard. 

    NWBA:  Do you have pets? 
    Rose:  Nope

    NWBA: What is a short term goal?  
    Rose: Preparing for Rio.  I want a medal there.

    NWBA:  What are your long term goals?
    Rose:  I want to help grow the sport of wheelchair basketball. I plan on graduating in the Spring of 2019.  I am also interested in using my education background to do more research about the best teaching methods available for children.

    Photo credit: Diana DeRosa/MacMillan Photography

    USOC/NWBA Approved Selection Procedures available here

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is proud to post the recently approved Athlete Selection Procedures - 2016 Paralympic Games, Wheelchair Basketball Men & Women.

    Both USA teams will use these procedures to guide the staff through the upcoming 2016 USA National Team Selection camps.

    Athlete invitations to the 2016 USA National Team Selection camps will be distributed by the NWBA National Office shortly.

    The Men's Selection Camp will be held January 2-7, 2016 at the Olympic Training Center located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    The Women's Selection Camp will be held January 3-7, 2016 at the Lakeshore Foundation facility located in Birmingham, Alabama.

    All athletes invited to the Selection Camps will be responsible for their own transportation to the facility or local airport.  Local transportation from the either the COS or BHM airports will be provided.  Once on campus the USA National team will cover expenses related to lodging and meals.

    Great story about the Southwest Jr. Rollin Lobos - Watch the video

    Follow the link below for a great story and video showcasing members of the Southwest Jr. Rollin Lobos.

    KRQE NEWS 13 with Dustyn Deerman

    Dr. Timothy Nugent passes - Founder of the NWBA

    11/12/2015, 12:15pm CST
    By NWBA

    The Founder of the NWBA Dr. Timothy Nugent dies at 92

    Dr. Timothy Nugent, who is best known as the “Father of Accessibility” and who founded the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, died at the age of 92 on Wednesday, Nov. 11. He was a life-long ambassador for the NWBA and a major contributor to those with disabilities. 

    Dr. Nugent created the first comprehensive program of higher education for individuals with disabilities at the University of Illinois and started the Gizz Kids, the original collegiate wheelchair basketball team. Also in 1948, he organized the first National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, and later that year founded the NWBA to provide a year-round structure to wheelchair basketball. 

    Always a visionary Dr. Nugent expanded wheelchair basketball beyond the VA hospitals to bring structure to the sport and create worldwide adoption and acceptance for wheelchair basketball. That acceptance has seen the sport grow into one that is now competed on the program of the the Paralympic Games and Parapan Am Games, and which has been enjoyed by millions of people. As the first Commissioner of the NWBA, a post he held for 25 years, he modified the rules of the game to make them more similar to able-bodied basketball making it easier for the fans to follow. He was inducted into the Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973. 

    “It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the death of Dr. Timothy Nugent, the founder of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association,” said Sarah Castle, President of the NWBA. “On behalf of all of the members and those associated with Wheelchair Basketball, I want to convey our deepest condolences to Dr. Nugent’s family.” 

    From a young age, sports played a very important role in his life. Sports helped him get through the Great Depression and it afforded him many opportunities.  He played and coached basketball, and this is where he started to get the inspiration to have the same opportunities in sport for everyone regardless of their physical limitations. 

    He helped transform the lives of many through the power of adaptive sports, and was involved in the creation of other wheelchair sports including football, track and field, archery, and square dancing. 

    “Dr. Nugent dedicated his life to helping others and through his efforts he created many opportunities for individuals with disabilities,” said Castle. “We are thankful for his vision that ultimately touched so many lives on and off the basketball courts. His legacy with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association is remarkable. He has touched so many great athletes, coaches, officials and leaders. My life is richer for all of his contributions as are those of countless other athletes and we will cherish all you have done for those with disabilities. You will always be fondly remembered in the wheelchair basketball community.”

    He focused on the ability in disability. Most notably, Nugent was a leader in the development of architectural accessibility standards, public transportation, adaptive equipment, and recreational activities for people with disabilities.  

    He served as Professor of Rehabilitation Education and Director of the Rehabilitation Education Center and the Division of Rehabilitation Education Services at the University of Illinois, until retirement in 1985. He founded Delta Sigma Omicron, a national rehabilitations service fraternity.  He served as President of the National Paraplegia Foundation (now the National Spinal Cord Injury Association) for four terms. 

    He held degrees from Tarleton State University; University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse; and the University of Wisconsin.  He also has honorary degrees from Springfield College in Massachusetts and Mount Mary College in Wisconsin.

    Timothy J. Nugent 
    January 10, 1923 - November 11, 2015

    Go as far as you can see, and when you get there, you’ll be surprised by how much you learned along the way and how much further you can see. And then you keep going, keep going.”

    Dr. Timothy Nugent

    Photos courtesy of UI News Bureau: L. Brian Stauffer and Marvin Young Photography

    2015 Courage Kenny Classic Tournament Recap

    11/12/2015, 10:00am CST
    By Cara Culbronson - Tournament Director

    2015 Courage Kenny Classic Tournament Recap
    Tournament Director: Cara Gulbronson 612-775-2278

    The 2015 Courage Kenny Classic served as the 2015 NWBA Junior Division Northern Regional Qualifying Tournament for National Tournament that is held in Louisville, KY April 7-10, 2016. The Dallas Jr Mavericks and the Jr Rolling Timberwolves received these automatic bids this year. The Dallas Jr Mavericks beat out the Jr Rolling Timberwolves 54-48 and the Milwaukee Bucks beat out the Rolling Rowdies 34 to 22 to win the varsity and prep championships this year. 

    Prep All-Tournament Team:
    •    Kaiden McCormick – Nebraska
    •    Edgar Morales – Minnesota
    •    Travis Beckler – Milwaukee 
    •    Jack Binsfeld – Minnesota
    •    Justas Emery – Minnesota
    •    Rita Ottenheimer – Milwaukee
    •    Andrei Serafin – Minnesota
    •    Suzanne Shoemaker – Nebraska 
    •    Caleb Nilius – Nebraska
    •    Gianni Quintero – Milwaukee
    Male MVP – Nick Deyo – Minnesota
    Female MVP – Moira Paulus – Milwaukee 

    Varsity All-Tournament Team:
    •    Collin Evans – Minnesota
    •    Ryan Glatchak – Chicago
    •    Zach Steger – Dallas
    •    Jonathan Laing – Minnesota
    •    Josie Dehart – Denver
    •    Abbie Farrell – Denver
    •    Jordan Lee – Dallas
    •    Holden Kowalke – Minnesota
    •    Drew Selz – Milwaukee
    •    Jayson Gorton – Minnesota
    Male MVP – Tyler Buysse – Dallas
    Female MVP – Emily Oberst – Milwaukee 

    Terry Hanson Award
    This award is given to an athlete in their final year of participating in the Junior Division who demonstrates leadership, dedication and excellence to wheelchair sports. 
    •    Jonathan Laing – Minnesota 12 years of participation

    1.    Milwaukee Jr Bucks
    2.    Courage Rolling Rowdies
    3.    Nebraska Red Dawgs
    1.    Dallas Jr Mavericks
    2.    Courage Jr Rolling Timberwolves
    3.    Milwaukee Jr Bucks 
    4.    Synergy Jr Bulls
    5.    Nebraska Red Dawgs
    6.    Denver Rollin Nuggets
    7.    Mad City Badgers
    8.    Courage Jr Rolling Gophers 

    A thank you is deserved by all of the tournament supporters and sponsors, without your support this tournament would not have been possible. Special thanks to Coloplast, ABRA Auto Body and Glass, Hastings High School, and Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. 128 Volunteers were utilized throughout the weekend and donated over 375 hours. Thank you to the sports and recreation and volunteer services staff who have been incredible in the planning and executing of this tournament. 

    Media Coverage: Aired at 10:30 on Saturday, November 7th Aired at 6:30am on Sunday, November 8th

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    NWBA Staff Support Semper Fi camp at OTC

    11/11/2015, 7:45am CST
    By NWBA

    Jeff Downes & Jeff Jones work with Vets prior to Veterans Day

    Jeff Downes, NWBA Director of Business Operations and Jeff Jones, NWBA Associate Director of Sport & Veteran Initiatives worked with approximately 20 veterans teaching the sport of wheelchair basketball.

    Supported by the Colorado Spring Olympic Training Center, Team Semper Fi, the Team America Fund and the Department of Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant, these veterans experienced the sports of sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, and wheelchair rugby over the 3 day camp.

    Follow the link below for a great video and article from the Colorado Springs Gazette.  Article/Photo/Video provided by Stacie Scott, The Gazette.

    T-Mobile joins forces with the NWBA

    11/05/2015, 2:30pm CST
    By NWBA & T-Mobile

    T-Mobile signs as sponsor with the National Wheelchair Basketball Association

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) today announced T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) has become an official sponsor of the organization. The Un-carrier will sponsor the National Tournament and T-Mobile employees will be able to volunteer at NWBA events at the local and national level across the country. 

    The NWBA will work with conference and division leaders across the country to maximize T-Mobile’s sponsorship deliverables and ensure that T-Mobile is integrated into the new season leading into the National Tournament in Louisville, Ky., April 7-10, 2016.

    T-Mobile is working to change wireless for the better and the company is also working to change communities for the better as well. T-Mobile supports several community programs and partners across the United States that mobilize for social good. 

    “We are committed to aligning with companies like T-Mobile that value and recognize the potential of the wheelchair basketball community. Having T-Mobile as a sponsor will help grow our pool of volunteers across the country.” said Jim Scherr, NWBA Executive Director.

    Power Poll Results - New website

    The voting has closed on the NWBA Power Poll - What do you think of the new NWBA website?  Here are the results:

    55% - WAY BETTER!

    16% - Somewhat better

    17% - Pretty much the same

    2% - Previous website was better

    10% - Why did you change it, I don't like this.

    The online reservation system is now open for the Galt House Hotel

    The Galt House Hotel & Suites, one of Louisville's premier hotels, will be the host hotel for the 2016 NWBA National Tournament.  The hotel is located riverside in downtown Louisville.  The distance to the Kentucky Expo Center is an easy 15 minute drive.

    This dedicated booking website has been created for our event so guests will be able to make, modify and cancel their hotel reservations easily online.  Additional room upgrades, amenities, and other services offered at the hotel may also be available through this dedicated system.  Follow the link below to the private booking site for the 2016 Tournament.

    All NWBA reservations must be made through this online system as the group discount rate will not be honored or available through the Galt House standard reservation system.  The NWBA has a room block of 300 rooms with check in beginning on Wednesday and providing a Sunday check out.

    If your room will not be paid by a credit card matching the name on the reservation please select the link below for the Galt House Hotel 3rd Party Credit Card Authorization form.

    Rivue Tower - Deluxe Guestroom rates $118.00 per night

    Suite Tower - Executive Suite rates $138.00 per night

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