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    April 4-8, 2018 in Louisville, KY

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – Three returning U.S. Paralympic gold medalists will highlight the roster of 12 athletes that will represent the United States at the 2017 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation America’s Zonal Qualifier, set for Cali, Colombia, August 21-30. Leading the team is two-time Paralympian Desi Miller of Monroe, Washington, who was a significant contributor to the gold-medal performance in Rio. Miller, a three-time Para Pan American gold medalist, has also played on two World Championships teams, winning the gold in 2010. 

    This is the first major event for Team USA as they start the roll towards the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Team USA must place in the top four at the America’s Qualifier, in order to compete at the 2018 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. The 2019 Para Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, is the other major event for Team USA.

    Also making the America’s Zonal team, were Abby Dunkin of New Braunfels, Texas, and Vanessa Erskine of Kearney, Missouri. Dunkin a student-athlete at the University of Texas at Arlington, also was a member of the gold-medal winning 2015 Para Pan Am Games team. Erskine, a two-time College National Champion for the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, currently plays professional wheelchair basketball in Germany.

    Dunkin will be joined by two other athletes who currently play for the University of Texas at Arlington. They are Josie Aslakson of Jordan, Minnesota; and Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, Tennessee.

    The University of Alabama is represented by Emily Oberst of Brookefield, Wisconsin, and Brittany Gustafson of Monticello, Minnesota. Miller also graduated from the University of Alabama. Shelby Gruss of Ossian, Indiana, was selected and plays for the University of Illinois.

    In addition to Erskine, Lindsay Zurbrugg of Portland, Oregon, has made the cut and attends the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Sarah Heinzl of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is on the roster of 12 and attends the University of Arizona.

    The depth of women’s wheelchair basketball in the United States is prevalent as two high school athletes were selected: Riley Ljungdahl of Longmont, Colorado; and Zoe Voris of Crown Point, Indiana.

    NWBA Hall of Famer Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, California, will serve as the U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach. Johnson, a 15-time U.S. Men’s National Team member and two-time Paralympic medalist, will be assisted by Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin, and Adam Kramer of Northport, Alabama. Athletic Trainer Karla Wessels of Lexington, Kentucky, and Team Leader Kearstin Gehlhausen of Denver, Colorado, return for a second term.

    The U.S. Women’s returned to the top of the podium at the Rio Paralympics, marking the third Paralympic gold medal in the last four Paralympics Games (2004, 2008, and 2016). The U.S. Women’s team dominated the field in Rio going undefeated, 7-0, and maintains the medal count lead with seven Paralympic medals, including four gold medals.

    Last summer, Team USA led six statistical categories over the seven-game stretch at the Rio Paralympics. It is the third time that the United States has gone undefeated at the Paralympics, en route to the gold medal. Team USA led shooting percentage at 53.8 percent; points for at 505 points (72.1/game); assists with 178 (25.4/game); fouls with 55; and the least turnovers at 61 (8.7/game). The United States was second in points against with 42.3 per game.

    Declaration of Candidacy Forms Due Monday, May 1 at 12 p.m. Mountain

    2017-2020 Quad USOC AAC Elections Procedures for
    National Wheelchair Basketball Association

    Outcome sought

    Election of one (1) athlete representative and one (1) alternate from the National Wheelchair Basketball Association, to the USOC Athletes' Advisory Council for the 2017-2020 quadrennium.

    Eligibility

    Eligible athletes shall be those who have represented the United States at the Paralympic Games, Parapan American Games, or World Championships within the ten (10) years preceding January 1, 2017.

    • Eligible events are: 2016 Paralympic Games; 2015 Parapan American Games; 2014 World Championships; 2013 America’s Zonal Qualifier; 2012 Paralympic Games; 2011 Parapan American Games; 2010 World Championships; 2009 America’s Zonal Qualifier; 2008 Paralympic Games; 2007 Parapan American Games.

    Athletes shall not be eligible if they are paid employees of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), an NGB/HPMO, or a city’s domestic bid committee for an Olympic or Paralympic Games.

    An athlete may not have served two previous terms on the AAC as a Representative. Status as an Alternate does not constitute serving a term.

    Athletes must be willing to commit to a minimum of two (2) of the three (3) meetings a year. All expenses for either the Representative or Alternate (in the event that the Representative cannot attend), associated with attending the meetings are paid by the USOC.

    Administration and Governing Authority

    The NWBA shall administer the election. All contact for the election will be through Anthony Bartkowski: anthonybartkowski@nwba.org

    Process

    NWBA will send an email (by April 24, 2017) to all eligible athletes in the NWBA database who meet eligibility requirements for the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council (USOC AAC), and the NWBA will post the information on its website at www.NWBA.org. The NWBA database of e-mail addresses only goes back to 2015, and requests those who may not receive an e-mail to contact the NWBA Contact to update their information.

    Eligible athletes shall notify the NWBA contact with a completed Declaration of Candidacy form. The Declaration of Candidacy forms must be returned to the NWBA contact no later than noon Mountain time on Monday, May 1, 2017.

    The NWBA will compile and post a list of eligible athletes who have self-nominated for the one (1) representative for the NWBA’s USOC AAC Representative to the NWBA website (www.nwba.org) by end of the day on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. In addition, these procedures will be posted on the website.

    The NWBA will e-mail a voting ballot to each eligible voting athlete.

    All voting by eligible athletes must be completed by noon Mountain time on Monday, May 8, 2017, and e-mailed to NWBA contact: Anthony Bartkowski at anthonybartkowski@nwba.org.

    All athletes’ individual votes are confidential.

    Depending on how many athletes are nominated, the following will apply:

    • If only one (1) athlete is nominated then that athlete shall be the representative. An alternate will be elected at a subsequent time.
    • If two (2) athletes are nominated then the athlete with the most votes (plurality) shall be the representative. The other athlete shall be the alternate regardless of gender.
    • If three (3) athletes are nominated then the athlete with the most votes (plurality) shall be the representative. The highest voted athlete of the opposite gender shall be the alternate. If there are no athletes of the opposite gender then the runner up shall be the alternate.
    • If four (4) or more athletes are nominated and one athlete wins a majority of the votes then that athlete will be the representative. The highest voted athlete of the opposite gender shall be the alternate. If there no athletes of the opposite gender then the runner up shall be the alternate.
    • If four (4) or more athletes are nominated and no athlete wins a majority of the votes then three athletes will move forward to a second round of voting. The two highest voted athletes will always move forward to the second round. If the two highest voted athletes are of the same gender then whenever possible, the highest voted athlete of the opposite gender. If there are no athletes of the opposite gender then the third highest voted athlete will move forward to the second round.

    Majority is defined as fifty percent (50%) or more of the votes cast and any informal grievances should be addressed to NWBA Executive Director Jim Scherr, at jimscherr@nwba.org.

    If a second round of voting is necessary, the NWBA will e-mail ballots on or about May 8, 2017 with eligible candidates as described above. All voting needing a second round must be completed through NWBA contact Anthony Bartkowski by noon Mountain time on Friday, May 12, 2017.

    Winners will be announced on or about May 15, 2017.

    Vacancies

    If a Representative vacancy remains leaving no Representative and no Alternate, another election shall be conducted at a later date but within a year. The election dates shall be communicated to all eligible athletes. These election procedures shall remain in effect to govern the elections.

    If an Alternate athlete vacancy remains, another election shall be conducted at a later date within a year of the close of this election. The election dates shall be communicated to all eligible athletes of the opposite gender from the Representative. If there is not an athlete of the opposite gender nominated or interested by the time of the next election, the alternate position shall be open to all eligible athletes regardless of gender. These election procedures shall remain in effect to govern the elections.

    If a Representative vacancy occurs during the quadrennium (for reasons such as recusal, removal, etc.), then the Alternate shall become the Representative. A new election shall take place for the Alternate, as described above for an Alternate vacancy.

     

    The NWBA is accepting applications for the 2017 U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. This team will consist of 12 athletes that will travel to Cali, Colombia, August 21-31, 2017, to participate in the America’s zone qualifier. 

    All athletes interested in trying out for the U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team must attend team tryouts May 23-27, 2017, at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama. Players are responsible for their own transportation to and from (air or driving) to the Lakeshore Foundation.  Housing, meals and ground transportation once in Birmingham will be provided by the NWBA. All athletes must be a U.S. Citizen.

    All interested players must fill out the attached application and submit to Brandon McBeain at BrandonMcBeain@nwba.org  by April 28, 2017, for consideration.  Submitting your application does not guarantee that you will receive an invitation to the tryout camp.

    Photos courtesy NWBA/Linda Doane

    Louisville, Kentucky – The Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks needed double overtime to claim its seventh NWBA Adult Division I National Title in the last eight seasons, with an 83-78 win over the New York Rollin’ Knicks. The Mavs and Knicks were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 throughout the 2016-17 season, alternating positions several times, with the Mavs regaining the No. 1 slot as the season concluded and earned the No. 1 seed. 

    The Kentucky Exposition Center was packed around the championship court as both teams exchanged baskets. Canada’s Paralympic gold medalist Patrick Anderson paced the Knicks in the first half scoring 14 of the Knicks’ 34, for a 34-30 lead. The Mavericks utilized their starting five who all contributed, with Andreas Kraft putting back 15 of his 29 points in the first half. Kraft was named the NWBT D-I MVP.

    The second half was a back-and-forth affair with each team have either a one- or two-point lead in the waning minutes, and tied at 65-65. In the first overtime, both teams scored five points each. The second overtime belonged to the Mavs’ Bobbie Nickleberry who scored four of his 20, to seal the win. Also, seeing double digits in scoring were U.S. Paralympic medalists Jason Nelms (2012, bronze) with 14 points, and Aaron Gouge (2016, gold) with 11 points.

    The Knicks’ scoring leaders were Paralympic gold medalists: Anderson with 26 points, David Eng with 20 points, and Steve Serio with 13 points.

    Junior Division Varsity National Championships

    Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers def. BlazeSports Junior Hawks, 54-36

    The Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers jumped out to an early lead en route to their first Varsity National Championships with four athletes scoring double digits. Tanner Gentry, the Varsity National Championship Game MVP, set the stage scoring 18 of his 25 in the first half. In the second stanza, Matthew Talbot pushed the Pacers with 12 of his 15 points in the second half. Gabe DenBraber scoring 12 points.

    The Hawks witnessed four athletes contributing and being led by Samuel Armas with 14 points, while Eric Francis and Jordan Kozloski scored 8 points each.

    Junior Division Prep National Championships

    WASA Junior Bucks def. LWSRA, 29-14

    The WASA Junior Bucks opened the NWBT’s Championship Sunday morning by defeating the LWSRA Rolling Hawks, 29-14, to win their first NWBA Prep National Championships. Travis Beckler led the Bucks with 12 points, and was named the NWBT Championship Game MVP. Also contributing for the Bucks was Lucas Oswald with 8 points, and Raia Ottenheimer with 6 points.

    The Hawks were paced by Zach Gorecki with 6 points, with Jivon Payton and Harmonee Ruetes scoring 4 points each.

    Varsity Division II National Championships

    DFW Freewheelers def. Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers, 55-40

    The DFW Freewheelers opened the game on a 6-0 run and never looked back to claim the first D-II National Championships by defeating the Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers, 55-40. The NWBA brought the D-II league back after an eight-year hiatus. The Freewheelers were consistent with a strong defense shutting down the Cavs, which opened up Blake McMinn who scored 24 points for the win. Enoch Ablorh found the basket for 13 points. Leading the defense was 2016 U.S. Paralympic gold medalist Darlene Hunter, who also scored four points. Ablorh was named the D-II MVP.

    The Cavs scoring leaders were 2012 U.S. Paralympic bronze medalist Will Waller with 17 points, and Randall Zinn jr. with 11 points.

    Adult Division III National Championships

    Oklahoma Rollin Trojans def. LWSRA Hawks, 67-58

    Michael Thompkins lit up the boards for the Oklahoma Rollin Trojans scoring a single-game tournament high 54 points, as the Trojans came from behind to win its first D-III title over the LWSRA Hawks, 67-58. Thompkins’ scoring spree started in the first half with 21 points, and then the onslaught came in the second for 35 points. The rest of the bench contributed 13.

    The Hawks were led by two reaching double figures, Paul Smith (24 points) and Jeff Yackley (12 points). Zoe Voris and Thomas Duffy each scored nine points.

    Junior Division NIT Championship

    Denver Junior Rolling Nuggets def. Peoria Wildcats, 45-17

    To close out Saturday afternoon, the first of six title games were played as the Denver Junior Rolling Nuggets closed out the season with a 45-17 victory over the Peoria Wildcats to win the Junior National Invitational Tournament. Leading the way for the Nuggets was Noah Hotchkiss with 27 points, with contributions from Jonathan McNamara with 10 points and Abigail Farrell putting up 7 points.

    The 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical was the largest ever with 95 teams competing in two divisions (Adult and Junior) for National Championships. The NWBT featured a total of 190 games on 12 courts

    Denver Junior Rolling Nuggets Win Junior NIT Title

    Louisville, Kentucky – It is the much-anticipated game that has been building throughout the 2016-17 NWBA season as the top two seeds of the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical will square off at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Sunday at 1 p.m. The No. 1 Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks and No. 2 New York Rollin’ Knicks will highlight the NWBT’s Championship Sunday format for the Adult Division I National Championship.

    The Kentucky Exposition Center was buzzing as the fans were gathered around the feature courts. The Knicks tipped off the semi-final round first against the No. 3 Rogue Valley Scorpions. Both teams started out quickly each scoring six points in the first several minutes, and then the Paralympic gold-medal, star studded team of Team USA’s Steve Serio and Canadians Pat Anderson and David Eng took over and never looked back as they eclipsed the Scorpions, 84-43, to advance to their first National title game since 2015.

    On the other side of the bracket, the Mavericks were just as dominant rolling past the No. 4 Sacramento Rollin’ Kings, 82-64. The Mavs feature several U.S. Paralympians: Aaron Gouge, Jason Nelms, and Jemel Pennie. The Mavericks have won the last six of seven D-I National Title Games, with their only defeat coming from the Knicks.

    The Junior Division Varsity game will feature the No. 4 Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers, after they up-ended the Dallas Junior Mavericks in the semi-finals, 65-48. Also advancing to the Varsity National Championship Game will be the No. 2 BlazeSports Junior Hawks, who held on for 54-41 win over the Courage Kenny Junior Rolling Timberwolves. This will be the first Varsity National Championship game for both teams.

    To close out Saturday afternoon, the first of six title games were played as the Denver Junior Rolling Nuggets closed out the season with a 45-17 victory over the Peoria Wildcats to win the Junior National Invitational Tournament. Leading the way for the Nuggets was Noah Hotchkiss with 27 points, with contributions from Jonathan McNamara with 10 points and Abigail Farrell putting up 7 points.

    The Adult Division II game will feature the No. 5 Cleveland Wheelchair Cavs and No. 3 DFW Freewheelers immediately following the Adult Division I game. The Freewheelers edged the Los Angeles Clippers Chairmen, 45-40, to advance to the National Championship. The Cavs knocked off the Detroit Diehards, 53-42.

    The Adult Division III game will showcase the No. 1 LWSRA Hawks against the Oklahoma Rollin’ Trojans. The Hawks defeated the Orlando Magic Wheels, 64-35. The No. No. Trojans cruised to the title game by defeating the Las Vegas Yuccas, 69-27. This game is set at the end of the D-II championship.

    Championship Sunday will start with the Junior Prep Division that will feature No. 9 LWSRA Hawks and No. 6 WASA Junior Bucks, at 8 a.m. Eastern. The Hawks beat the RHI Junior Racers, 28-17, and the Bucks held off the Oklahoma Blaze, 31-27.

    The 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical is the largest ever with 95 teams competing in two divisions (Adult and Junior) for National Championships in five classes and a title for the Varsity National Invitational Tournament. The NWBT features a total of 190 games on 12 courts, with Saturday featuring all placement games and bronze-medal games. Saturday will close with the Varsity National Invitational title game at 4 p.m. Eastern.

    Individual tickets are available for the 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical. Event tickets sold at the Kentucky Exposition Center will be: $32 for adults for all sessions or $19.00 per day. Children 11-18 will be $12 for all sessions and $10 per day. Children 10 and under are free. 

    Photo credit: NWBA/Linda Doane

    Louisville, Kentucky – At the halfway point of the 69th National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical, only two of the five divisions competing for a National Title have the top four seeds alive, setting up a challenger Saturday that should raise the roof at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The NWBA’s Adult Division-1 and Junior Division’s Varsity league will feature No. 1-4 seeds in the semi-finals, starting at 8 a.m. Eastern. 

    The defending Adult D-I defending champion Dallas Mavericks powered through the quarterfinals with a 77-53 victory. The No. 4 Sacramento Rollin’ Kings narrowly held on over the 2016 runner-ups Milwaukee Bucks, 64-56, and will square off with the Mavericks. This anticipated match up will tip at high noon at the Kentucky Exposition Center on court 3.

    The other side of the D-I bracket will feature the No. 2 New York Rollin’ Knicks versus the No. 3 Rogue Valley Scorpions, in a much talked-about semi-final. The Knicks rolled past the RIC Hornets, 81-45, to advance. The Scorpions escaped a close game against the University of Arizona, 68-65.

    The top four teams in the Adult D-I have battled throughout the season with the Knicks and Mavericks holding either No. 1 or No. 2 since the onset.

    The No. 1 seed Dallas Junior Mavericks, No. 4 Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers, and No. 2 BlazeSports Junior Hawks could make their first National title game with a victory on Saturday morning. The No. 3 Courage Kenny Junior Rolling Timberwolves, with a win, could be in the championship game for the fourth consecutive year, winning a title in 2016 and 2014.

    The Mavericks nearly doubled up the BORP Junior Road Warrios, 54-29 to advance, while the Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers rolled into the semi-finals by defeating the 2016 runner-ups TIRR Houston Hotwheels, 58-49.

    The Timberwolves were pushed in the quarterfinals and escaped onto the semi-finals by holding off the RIC Racers, 50-49. The BlazeSports Hawks move forward with their win over the WASA Junior Bucks, 53-38.

    The other semi-final contests will be:

    Adult Division II – No. 9 Detroit Diehards vs. No. 5 Cleveland Wheelchair Cavs; and No. 3 DFW Freewheelers vs. No. 15 LA Clippers Chairmen

    Adult Division III – No. 1 LWSRA Hawks vs. No. 5 Orlando Magic Wheels; and No. 3 Las Vegas Yuccas vs. No. 7 Oklahoma Rollin’ Trojans

    Junior Division, Prep League – No. 9 LWSRA Hawks vs. No. 4 RHI Jr. Racers; and No. 6 WASA Junior Bucks vs. No. 10 Oklahoma Blaze

    Junior NIT – Denver Rollin’ Nuggets vs. Michigan Rollin’ Pistons/Challengers; and Lakeshore Lakers vs. Peoria Wildcats

    Friday was closed out with the Per4Max Shootout presented by Spinergy, which is a shooting contest for a member from the Junior Division's Varsity league, and was a crowd favorite as 16 Junior-aged athletes advanced to the championship finals set for Saturday at 4 p.m. Eastern,on court four. 

    The Top End Talent Identification Clinic was overwhelmingly received as more than 75 Junior-aged athletes were instructed on the various wheelchair basketball techniques, drills, and skills for two hours by the U.S. Men'sand Women's Coaching Staffs, and a group of Top End endorsed athletes who have won 48 Paralympic Games medals. 

    The 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical is the largest ever with 95 teams competing in two divisions (Adult and Junior) for National Championships in five classes and a title for the Varsity National Invitational Tournament. The NWBT features a total of 190 games on 12 courts, with Saturday featuring all placement games and bronze-medal games. Saturday will close with the Varsity National Invitational title game at 4 p.m. Eastern.

    The semi-final winners will advance to the NWBT’s Championship Sunday with the Prep Division starting the day at 8 a.m., with Varsity following at 10:30, and the Adult D-I, D-II, and D-III following.

    Individual tickets are available for the 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical. Event tickets sold at the Kentucky Exposition Center will be: $32 for adults for all sessions or $19.00 per day. Children 11-18 will be $12 for all sessions and $10 per day. Children 10 and under are free.

    The brackets for the 2017 NWBT can be found by clicking on the appropriate link below:

    2017 Prep Bracket

    2017 Junior NIT Bracket

    2017 Varsity Bracket

    2017 Adult Division I Bracket

    2017 Adult Division II Bracket

    2017 Adult Division III Bracket

     

    Louisville, Kentucky – The top two seeds of the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical fall in their first-round games of the world’s largest wheelchair basketball tournament. Opening up play at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, saw the No. 16 seeded London Forest City Flyers push to an 18-point victory over the No. 1 seed Nassau Kings, 60-42. On the other side of the 16-team bracket, the No. 15 Los Angeles Clippers Chairmen outlast the No. 2 WASA Bucks, 56-45.

    The first game of the re-instituted NWBA’s Division II National Tournament saw Robert Hedges shooting for 19 points in the game, while Jeff Dennis found the bucket for 17 points as the Flyers held off the Kings’ Edwin Lopez and Rodger Shelton, who each scored 12 points each.

    The LA Clippers Chairmen were paced by Robert Lew with 22 points, and Hector Rivera scoring 10 points for their commanding victory. The WASA Bucks were shut down by the City Flyer’s stingy defense, with Eric Barber and Damian Buchman just eclipsing double digits.

    In the other four National Championships, the top four seeds in each tournament advanced to Friday’s quarter-final round vying for the prestigious National Tournament crown. The 2017 NWBT is the largest with 95 teams across six tournaments, and features 1,077 athletes on 12 basketball courts.

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament makes its 10th stop in the bluegrass state for the 69th annual edition, March 30-April 2. The Prep, Varsity, and three Adult Divisions (D-I, D-II, D-III) teams will compete for a coveted National Title in the South Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center, which also features the former home of the University of Louisville’s Freedom Hall that has hosted numerous NCAA Final Fours.

    The Junior Tournament will feature 47 teams competing for National titles in Varsity and Prep classes. The Varsity league will also see 15 teams pushing for Junior National Invitational Tournament, that is for teams ranked 17-32. The Junior Prep age group is for athletes 13 years old and younger, while the Varsity athletes are high school age children. The Junior NIT Championship is slated for Saturday, April 1 at 4 p.m., while the Junior Prep National title game opens Championship Sunday at 8 a.m. on April 2, with the Varsity following at 10:30 a.m.

    The Adult Divisions will see the return of three separate divisions (D-I, D-II, and D-III), for more competitive parody and three National Championships on the line for 48 teams, 16 per division. The three divisions will compete over four days with six teams advancing to Championship Sunday, with Division I tipping off at 1 p.m., and Division II and Division III immediately following each other.

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will feature a total of 190 games on 12 courts, with a total of 70 games on Thursday, March 30, which start at 10 a.m. Eastern. The second day of games will commence at 8 a.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center, where all divisions will play into placement games, and a variety of showcase events.

    Saturday will start at 8 a.m., with teams playing for third to 16th place in all divisions, and the Junior NIT Championship closing the day at 4 p.m. Eastern. The semi-finals for the Prep, Varsity, and the three Adult Divisions will see the best-of-the-best tip for their chance at a National Title on Sunday.

    Individual tickets are available for the 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical. Event tickets sold at the Kentucky Exposition Center will be: $32 for adults for all sessions or $19.00 per day. Children 11-18 will be $12 for all sessions and $10 per day. Children 10 and under are free.

    The brackets for the 2017 NWBT can be found by clicking on the appropriate link below:

    2017 Prep Bracket

    2017 Junior NIT Bracket

    2017 Varsity Bracket

    2017 Adult Division I Bracket

    2017 Adult Division II Bracket

    2017 Adult Division III Bracket

    Screening Set for March 31st at 8 p.m. Eastern

    Colorado Springs, Colo. - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association will host a public screening of the award-winning documentary, The Rebound, for 1,000 attendees as a part of the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical in Louisville, Kentucky on March 31 at 8 pm. The screening will take place at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center in the Main Ballroom. Tickets are open to the public and available with free RSVP at: TheReboundNWBT.eventbrite.com. 

    The NWBA and The Rebound announce a two-year partnership focused on increasing awareness and expanding participation in wheelchair basketball at all levels. Collaborative initiatives, including The Rebound Premiere at NWBT, will be aimed at engaging and empowering community members and organizations in a grassroots movement to grow the sport.

    The Rebound follows the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels, a wheelchair basketball team, in their quest for a national title, despite the teams dwindling resources. Three adaptive athletes rally their team towards the title while striving for their own dreams on and off the court.  In a city known for its sports and diversity, the players have an opportunity for second chances, and to win against all odds.

    In order to continue to increase awareness of the importance of wheelchair basketball, it is important for us to partner with The Rebound, said Jim Scherr, NWBA Executive Director. The films title exemplifies the passion and spirit of our athletes. It is fitting to kick off the partnership by premiering the film at the NWBT. The Rebound Team has created an excellent vehicle to provide our membership with an opportunity to create interest for wheelchair basketball across the country, as well as provide a fundraising platform with a turn-key event, like the Rebound Screening we will have in Louisville.

    The NWBT screening will be attended by members of the Miami Heat Wheels, Paralympic athletes and many other notable members of the community. The event will serve as the kickoff to a national screenings tour for The Rebound in partnership with the NWBA in an effort to increase awareness of wheelchair basketball, improve access to adaptive sports opportunities for people of all abilities, and inspire a generation to live beyond their challenges.

    The Rebound is presented by Shaina Koren Cinematography in association with DNA Films and One Day One Cause. The Rebound is directed by Shaina Allen, produced by Mike Esposito, and executive produced by Nick Nanton, and JW Dicks.  For more information on The Rebound please visit www.reboundthefilm.com.

    190 Games; 12 Courts; 4 Days; 5 National Titles

    Colorado Springs, Colo. – The 2017 NWBA National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical draws 95 teams from across the country, making it the largest ever. The National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament is the world’s largest single-sport event for athletes with disabilities, and makes its 10th stop in the bluegrass state for the 69th annual edition in Louisville, Ky., March 30-April 2. The Junior Prep, Junior Varsity, and three Adult Divisions (D-I, D-II, D-III) teams will compete for a coveted National Title in the South Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center, which also features the former home of the University of Louisville’s Freedom Hall that has hosted numerous NCAA Final Fours. 

    The Junior Tournament will feature 47 teams competing for National titles in Junior Varsity and Junior Prep classes. The Junior Varsity will also see 15 teams pushing for Junior National Invitational Tournament, that is for teams ranked 17-32. The Junior Prep age group is for athletes 13 years old and younger, while the Junior Varsity athletes are high school age children. The Junior NIT Championship is slated for Saturday, April 1 at 4 p.m., while the Junior Prep National title game opens Championship Sunday at 8 a.m. on April 2, with the Junior Varsity following at 10:30 a.m.

    The Adult Divisions will see the return of three separate divisions (D-I, D-II, and D-III), for more competitive parody and three National Championships on the line for 48 teams, 16 per division. The three divisions will compete over four days with six teams advancing to Championship Sunday, with Division I tipping off at 1 p.m., and Division II and Division III immediately following each other.

    The final rankings for the Junior and Adult Divisions has been decided, and the seeds and brackets are now available.

    The Adult D-I tournament seeds needed the final weekend as the defending champion Dallas Wheelchair Mavs secured the No. 1 position, with the New York Rollin’ Knicks coming in at No. 2. The Rogue Valley Scorpions and the Sacramento Rollin’ Kings are the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively.

    The Nassau Kings earned the No. 1 seed for the 2017 NWBT, with the WASA Bucks from Wisconsin rolling into the No. 2 slot. The DFW Freewheelers solidified the No. 3 seed, with San Antonio ParaSport Spurs pushing up into the No. 4 seed overall.

    The Division III tournament seeds are as follows: 1. LWSRA Hawks; 2. Columbus WC Basketball; 3. Las Vegas Yuccas; and 4. Rancho Renegades.

    The Junior Varsity Division sees the Dallas Junior Mavericks-Blue team warrant the No. 1 seed, and the BlazeSports Junior Hawks in the No. 2 position. The Courage Kenny Junior Rolling Timberwolves and Mary Free Bed Junior Pacers are the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively.

    The Fairfax Falcons will lead the Junior Prep Tournament as the No. 1 seed, with the Charlotte Junior Hornets-Purple squad securing the No. 2 spot. The BlazeSports Junior Hawks earned the No. 3 seed, with the RHI Junior Racers rounding out the top four.

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will feature a total of 190 games on 12 courts, with a total of 70 games on Thursday, March 30, which start at 10 a.m. Eastern. The second day of games will commence at 8 a.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center, where all divisions will play into placement games, and a variety of showcase events.

    Saturday will start at 8 a.m., with teams playing for third to 16th place in all divisions, and the Junior NIT Championship closing the day at 4 p.m. Eastern. The semi-finals for the Junior Prep, Junior Varsity, and the three Adult Divisions will see the best-of-the-best tip for their chance at a National Title on Sunday.

    Individual tickets are available for the 2017 NWBT presented by ABC Medical. Event tickets sold at the Kentucky Exposition Center will be: $32 for adults for all sessions or $19.00 per day. Children 11-18 will be $12 for all sessions and $10 per day. Children 10 and under are free.

    On March 31-April 2, the NWBA’s Operation Rebound for Veterans will hold an introductory wheelchair basketball clinic at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This year’s program will attract at least 25 veterans from all military branches. The Operation Rebound event will conclude with the veterans playing in a round-robin tournament, alongside the NWBA’s best.

    In addition to the NWBT, the NWBA Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel on Saturday, April 1 at 6 p.m. Eastern. This year’s inductees are: Carson Barnes; Eddie Diggs; Dug Jones; Ron LaBar; and Elma Rodriguez.

    The brackets for the 2017 NWBT can be found by clicking on the appropriate link below:

    2017 Junior Prep Bracket

    2017 Junior NIT Bracket

    2017 Junior Varsity Bracket

    2017 Adult Division I Bracket

    2017 Adult Division II Bracket

    2017 Adult Division III Bracket

     

    Colorado Springs, Colorado – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) announced Monday that Per4Max Wheelchairs has returned as an official sponsor of the NWBA, including its popular Per4Max Shootout at the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical.

    The 2017 Per4Max Shootout presented by Spinergy Wheels is set to start on Friday, March 31 at the NWBT at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, and the final shootout starting on Saturday, April 1 at 4 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center South Wing C. The event is open to one shooter from each of the NWBT Junior Varsity, Junior NIT and Junior Prep Teams in hopes of winning a Per4Max sport chair with Spinergy Wheels.

    This event is a shooter’s challenge with athletes earning points for baskets made from various locations on the hardwoods. Each location on the floor also provides the shooter with a money ball worth double points. There will be a variety of awards presented throughout the two day Per4Max Shootout.

    In addition, Per4Max will also conduct its annual Per4Max Wheelchair Raffle with all proceeds benefitting the NWBA. Raffle tickets are available starting Wednesday at the NWBT Registration and will be sold throughout the four-day NWBT. The chair will be awarded on Sunday, April 2 after the Junior Varsity National Championship Game.

    Per4Max strives to provide a custom lightweight individually tailored wheelchair that is made in the USA. Per4Max is focused on making wheelchairs for individuals with a disability and active lifestyle. Many athletes from the Paralympic Games gold-medal winning U.S. Men’s and Women’s Teams are outfitted with a Per4Max sport chair.

    “We are excited to have Per4Max return to the NWBA partner line-up and expand their involvement with us and other NWBA sponsors,” said Jim Scherr, NWBA Executive Director. “The Per4Max on-site activation at the NWBT is remarkable in providing NWBA members an experience we hope to grow in the future.”

    As in prior years, Per4Max will be set up for the NWBT with it popular booth for athletes and coaches to get custom fitted for a new chair. Also, if there is a problem with any chairs during the tournament, the Per4Max technicians will be on hand to get you back on the court for any problem encountered. 

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