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    Rollin' for Relief Benefits Hurricane Harvey Victims

    10/17/2017, 3:15pm CDT
    By Thomas Wehner

    EDINBORO, PENNSYLVANIA. – Members of Edinboro’s athletic teams did their part to help Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston on Wednesday. Rollin’ for Relief was organized by the wheelchair basketball team to help support the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. Over $1,000 was raised at the October 11th event for the cause.
     

    The game consisted of four, 10-minute quarters with the wheelchair basketball team taking on players from the various other Fighting Scot athletic teams, including football, wrestling, and swimming.  A 15-minute halftime was used for a three-point contest as well as a knockout competition. There was a Chinese auction, score prediction contest and a shooting challenge. 
     

    All the proceeds are going directly to Greater Houston Community Foundation, set up by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett.
     

    If you would like to donate to the Greater Houston Community Fund, please visit their website at www.ghcf.org. Donations are tax deductible. 

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) invites you to celebrate National Wheelchair Basketball Week with a week full of fun activities and events. The National Wheelchair Basketball Week is a week-long celebration of wheelchair basketball and the progress the sport has made since founded in 1948.

    To celebrate National Wheelchair Basketball Week the NWBA is hosting a week’s worth of history, trivia, prizes and contests on the social media accounts for the NWBA. The following are this week’s featured events available on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the NWBA:

    Monday –  Did You Know – Unique facts about the NWBA

    Tuesday –  Trivia Tuesday – Historical trivia about the NWBA

    Wednesday –  Photo Caption Contest – Write the caption of a NWBA moment caught on film

    Thursday –  Throw Back Thursday (TBT) Photo Contest – Archived photos of you enjoying wheelchair basketball

    Friday Feature Friday – Highlighting NWBA athletes and team activities this week

    Monday’s “Did You Know” and “Trivia Tuesday” reflect on the past 69 years and achievements of the NWBA and wheelchair basketball. Individuals answering Tuesday’s trivia question correctly will be entered into a drawing to receive some great prizes.

    Wednesday will feature “Photo Caption Contest” consisting of several wheelchair basketball photos from past and present wheelchair basketball generations. Followers are encouraged to “comment” on a photo with the caption they deem fit. The individual with the best caption for each photo will receive a prize.

    For Thursday’s TBT Photo Contest, the NWBA encourages its members to post their favorite moment with the NWBA using the hashtag #tbt and tagging the NWBA. The top three throwback photos will receive prizes.

    Teams are asked to share their experiences of National Wheelchair Basketball Week and their campaign efforts throughout the week via social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #NWBA and #RollWithUS. The NWBA will share these experiences on the official NWBA social media sites on “Feature Friday”.

    Please click on the icons below or visit the following links to view the social media accounts for the NWBA. For Instragram visit https://www.instagram.com/nwba_official/ or @nwba_official, for Twitter visit https://twitter.com/NWBA or @nwba and for Facebook visit https://www.facebook.com/nationalwheelchairbasketballassociation/.

    National Wheelchair Basketball Week kicked off with the Annual NWBA Campaign on October 13 as opportunity for grassroots programs within the NWBA to raise funds and awareness for their individual teams. The Annual NWBA Campaign will run October 13th to November 22nd. The top four performing programs will receive prize packages. The NWBA Campaign Kit introduces a variety of fundraising platforms for NWBA teams to utilize during the campaign. To access the NWBA Campaign Kit visit the Resource Center at http://www.nwba.org/resourcecenter.

    National Wheelchair Basketball Week will conclude at the NWBA Preseason National Invitation Tournament presented by CarMax from October 20-22. The NWBA Preseason NIT will open the 2017-18 NWBA season with some top-level talent in the Junior Varsity Division, Adult Division II and Adult Division III. The EJ Wade Arena at the VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia will host the three-day tournament.

     

    NWBA Rule & Case Book Available for 2017-18

    10/12/2017, 8:15pm CDT
    By NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The 2017-18 National Wheelchair Basketball Association Rule and Case Books are now available NWBA teams to reference. The NWBA Rule and Case Books include all new rule changes and revisions that have been adopted for the 2017-18 NWBA season. All updates are notated in the NWBA Rule Book with red text.

    All revisions to the NWBA Rule Book have been reviewed and approved by divisional leadership, National Wheelchair Basketball Officials Association and the NWBA Board of Directors. The NWBA Rule and Case Book are immediately in affect for use of competition during NWBA sanctioned events.  

    The Adult Division Executive Committee adjusted the timing regulations for Adult Division I, Adult Division II and Adult Division IIII to four 10-minute periods. Additionally, teams of the Adult Division will now receive three 30 second timeouts and two 60 second timeouts. Please see Adult Division Rules, Rule 5 Scoring and Timing Regulations.

    The Women’s Division has adopted the NCCA Women’s rule for advancing the ball in the last minute of the game when granted a timeout. Please see Women’s Division Rules, Rule 1 Court and Equipment in the NWBA Rule Book for a detailed explanation.

    During the 2017 Junior Division Delegate meeting the Junior Division delegates approved the following revision, “Molten BGM5X encouraged for evaluation and acceptable in sanctioned games”. For more information please reference the Junior Division Playing Rules on page 13 of the NWBA Rule Book.

    The 2017-18 NWBA Rule and Case Books are available below or can be accessed by visiting http://www.nwba.org/couchesresources or http://www.nwba.org/officialsresources

    All request for interpretations of wheelchair basketball rules or play situations should be addressed to Mike Woodard, Chairman of Rules Committee, at m.w7591@yahoo.com.

    NWBA Victory Tour in Kansas City

    10/12/2017, 2:45pm CDT
    By NWBA

    A great kick-off to National Wheelchair Basketball Week October 13-22

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The Youth for Kansas City (Y4KC), a community service organization for young adults, hosts the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s Victory Tour this weekend October 13-14 in Kansas City, Missouri. This event will kick-off National Wheelchair Basketball Week from October 13-22 as a week-long celebration of wheelchair basketball and the progress the sport has made since founded in 1948.

    The NWBA Victory Tour highlights the historic performances by U.S. Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams capturing Gold Medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This is the first time since the Seoul 1988 Paralympics that Team USA has won both the men’s and women’s team gold medals.

    The NWBA Victory Tour in Kansas City includes three main events: exhibition wheelchair basketball game, wheelchair basketball demonstration and a gala event. The NWBA invites the public to attend all the events this weekend. Tickets for the exhibition game are $10. Tickets for the gala dinner are $125 for an individual ticket or $750 for a table of eight and can be purchased online at www.nwba.org.

    Athletes attending the events for the NWBA Victory Tour in Kansas City include Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medalists: Desi Miller of Monroe, Washington; Abby Dunkin of Arlington Texas; Steve Serio of Westbury, New York; Trevor Jennifer of Huntington, Maryland; Rose Hollerman of Elysian, Minnesota; John Gillbert of Fairfax, Missouri; and Nate Hinze of Cedar Grove, Wisconsin.

    Also attending the events for the NWBA Victory Tour in Kansas City are: Sarah Castle of Kansas City, Missouri, the President of the NWBA Board of Directors and four-time U.S. Paralympian; Will Waller of Hudson, Ohio, member of the NWBA Board of Directors and London 2012 Paralympic bronze medalist; and Team USA’s Men’s Coach Ron Lykins of Columbia, Missouri.

    This Victory Tour will start tomorrow, October 13, at 7:00 pm the University of Missouri-Kansas City with the exhibition wheelchair basketball game at the Swinney Recreation Center located at 5030 Holmes Street Kansas City, Missouri 64110. Trading cards of all athletes in attendance will be made available, with an opportunity for spectators to obtain autographs and meet these accomplished athletes.

    On Saturday, October 14, at 10:00 am a practice will be hosted for local youth of the Kansas City area to experience wheelchair basketball at the Liberty High School 200 W Blue Jay Drive, Liberty, Missouri 6406. Athletes from the St. Louis Jr. Rolling Rams and Nebraska Red Dawgs will be in attendance to support with the practice.

    The NWBA Victory Tour in Kansas City will conclude on Saturday evening, as the College Basketball Experience hosts a gala dinner, a live and silent auction, and featured speakers starting at 6:30 pm. The live and silent auction includes a significant amount of priceless and high-value retail items that have be graciously donated by supporters of the NWBA. Featured speaker for the gala is two-time Paralympic medalist, co-captain of the Team USA’s Men’s Team and 2017 ESPN Espy Award recipient Steve Serio.

    The Y4KC is excited to bring the NWBA Victory Tour to Kansas City to raise awareness for the sport and encourage growth of wheelchair basketball in the community. All proceeds from this event will benefit the NWBA and Midwest Adaptive Sports. 

    Y4KC is mentored by NWBA Board of Directors’ President, Sarah Castle. She is a four-time U.S. Paralympian and wheelchair basketball gold medalist in 2008, and is also an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Diversion Manager for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. Castle also earned her juris degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

    For more information on the NWBA Victory Tour in Kansas City please contact Anthony Bartkowski at anthonybartkowski@nwba.org.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) and Sportable, Richmond’s Paralympic sports club, are excited to announce the game schedules for the NWBA Preseason National Invitation Tournament (NIT) presented by CarMax October 20-22. The NWBA Preseason NIT will open the 2017-18 NWBA season with some top-level talent in the Junior Varsity Division, Adult Division II and Adult Division III. The EJ Wade Arena at the VCU Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia will host the three-day tournament.

    The competition format for the NWBA Preseason NIT presented by CarMax consist of an initial round of pool play. Pool play will guarantee at least four games for all teams participating. Following pool play, top seeds will match up in a single-elimination bracket until all teams are awarded a final team place.

    The Varsity tournament will feature three teams coming off a top eight finishes in Junior Varsity Division at the 2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical this past spring. Leading the way for the Junior Varsity Division are the 2016 NWBA Varsity National Championships in the Courage Kenny Jr. Rolling Timberwolves from Golden Valley, MN. The TIRR Memorial Hermann Houston Junior Hotwheels will be competing as a promising young team that finished last season with a 19-4 record and a 5th place at the 2017 NWBT. Another flourishing team eyeing the tournament championship is the RHI Racers as they look to move up the ranks of Junior Varsity Division and are seeking a rematch against the Courage Kenny Jr. Rolling Timberwolves after losing a nail bitter 50-49 in the quarterfinals of the 2017 NWBT. The remaining five teams rounding out the Varsity tournament are Fairfax Falcons, Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets – Varsity, Sportable Spokes, Katie’s Komets and Bridge II Sports Jr. Thunder. The Varsity tournament will serve as a NWBA Junior Division Regional qualifier with the top two placing teams receiving automatic bids for the 2018 NWBT presented by ABC Medical.

    The Adult Division II field of teams will feature five teams from the Top 10 of the 2017-18 NWBA Adult Division II Pre-Season Rankings. The field of competition for Adult Division II will be led by second ranked San Antonio ParaSport Spurs who finished sixth at the 2017 NWBT. The No. 3 ranked Nassau Kings look to capture their first victory of 2017-18, the Kings led Adult Division II with 27 victories last season. Competition will be fierce as the No. 8, 9 and 10 ranked Adult Division II teams will be in attendance in the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets – A, Charlottesville Cardinals and Magee Spokemen. Filling out pool play for Adult Division II are the Fort Lauderdale Sharks - DII, Sportable Rim Riders and Delaware Destroyers.

    The Adult Division III tournament at the NWBA Preseason NIT presented by CarMax will feature four teams. The attending teams include the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, RCRC Lightning, Spartanburg Pistons and Virginia Sunwheelers. 

    The NWBA Preseason NIT presented by CarMax is held in conjunction with the first annual National Wheelchair Basketball Week, a week-long celebration of wheelchair basketball and the progress the sport has made since founded in 1948.

    Please click on the files below to view the competition schedule for each division. For more information on the tournament please visit https://sportable.org/preseasonNIT/. Check the NWBA website and social media sites for more updates on the NWBA Preseason NIT.

    2017-18 Adult Division Pre-Season Rankings Announced

    10/10/2017, 4:00pm CDT
    By Adult Division Executive Committee

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The Adult Division Executive Committee announced its 2017-18 Pre-Season Rankings for all three divisions. The defending Adult Division I Champions Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks return in the No. 1 slot and look to defend their title at the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical in Louisville, Kentucky, April 12-15. The Mavericks return with several key players, including 2016 Paralympic gold medalist Aaron Gouge and 2017 NWBT Adult Division I MVP Andreas Kraft. 

    The New York Rolling Knicks come in ranked second behind rival Mavericks and look for a rematch after coming up short against them 78-83 (OT) in the 2017 NWBA Division I National Championship Game. The Knicks are led by 2016 Paralympic gold medalist and Team USA co-captain Steve Serio and longtime member of the Canadian National Team Patrick Anderson. The Sacramento Rollin' Kings come in as the number three ranked team for Adult Division I with some new additions to the roster built around former U.S. Men's National Team member Joseph Chambers.

    In Adult Division II the Miami Valley Raptors come in at the No. 1 ranked favorite as they look to improve on a 5th place at the 2017 NWBT. San Antonio ParaSport Spurs enter the 2017-18 campaign as the No. 2 ranked team, behind the Raptors who they fell to 76-56 at the 2017 NWBT. The Nassau Kings are slotted into the No. 3 spot after finishing last season with a impressive 27-4 record.

    The TIRR Houston Hotwheels - DIII start the season in the top spot for Adult Division III coming off a 16-2 record and 5th place finish in 2016-17 season. The Columbus Wheelchair Basketball Club and Rancho Renegades anchor the No. 2 and 3 rankings, respectively for the Adult Division III.

    The top 16 ranked teams for each Adult Division will earn an invite to the 2018 NWBT presented by ABC Medical in Louisville, Kentucky, April 12-15. The 48 teams from the three Adult Divisions will battle it out for a coveted national title on 12 basketball courts over four days of competition.

    Adult Division I

    1.    Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks

    2.    New York Rollin’ Knicks                                       

    3.    Sacramento Rollin’ Kings        

    4.    Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks (A)

    5.    University of Arizona Wildcats - DI    

    6.    RIC Hornets                                

    7.    Albuquerque Kings  

    8.    Utah Wheelin’ Jazz 

    9.    Miami Heat Wheels                                   

    10.   Seattle Sonics                                    

    11.   TIRR Memorial Hermann Houston Hotwheels - DI                            

    12.   Mary Free Bed Pacers                                   

    13.   Denver Rolling Nuggets                                                                                                      

    14.   Golden St. Road Warriors

    15.   Courage Kenny Rolling Timberwolves

    16.   MedStar NRH Punishers

    17.   Missouri Predators

    18.   Shepherd Stealers - DI      

    19.   Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers 

    20.   Toronto I

    Adult Division II

    1. Miami Valley Raptors

    2. San Antonio ParaSport Spurs

    3. Nassau Kings

    4. LA Hotwheels

    5. Ft. Lauderdale Sharks

    6. LA Clippers Chairmen

    7. London Forest City Flyers

    8. Charlotte Rollin' Hornets (A)

    9. Charlottesville Cardinals

    10. Magee Spokemen

    11. Wisconsin Thunder

    12. Sportable Rim Riders

    13. Tampa Bay Strong Dogs - DII

    14. Oklahoma Rollin’ Trojans

    15. University of Arizona Wildcats - DII

    16. Austin Rec’ers

    17. Cincinnati Royals

    18. Music City Lightning

    19. Detroit Diehards

    20. Las Vegas Yuccas

    Adult Division III

    1. TIRR Houston Hotwheels

     2. Columbus WC Basketball Club

     3. Rancho Renegades

     4. Pittsburgh Steelwheelers

     5. Rockford Chariots

     6. RHI Pacers

     7. Tucson Lobos

     8. Phoenix WC Suns

     9. Triangle Thunder

    10. Triad Trackers

    11. Brooklyn Nets

    12. Harrisonburg Cardinals

    13. Louisville Spokes & Spires 

    14. Spartanburg Pistons

    15. Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets

    16. CSULB Flying Wheels

    17. Rochester Wheels

    18. New Orleans Pelicans

    19. Ft. Smith Shootin Stars

    20. Chicago Skyhawks 

    Benefits of the NWBA’s Women’s Development Camp

    10/04/2017, 12:00pm CDT
    By Kimberly Kasper, NWBA

    The NWBA is hosting the 2017 NWBA Women’s Development Camp on November 9 -13 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    The NWBA Women’s Development Camp is an opportunity for athletes to gain exposure to the U.S. National Team’s coaching team. The camp will be led by U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Trooper Johnson of San Lorenso, California. Coach Johnson will be assisted at the camp by assistant coaches Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin and Adam Kramer of Northport, Alabama. Athletes will experience similar training and instruction similar to that of the U.S. National Team’s athletes.

    “The NWBA Women's Development Camp is a unique opportunity for players of all talent levels to get a taste of what it's like to compete on the elite level. Everyone is welcome,” said 2017 U.S. Women’s National Team member Riley Ljungdahl, 17, of Longmont, Colorado. Ljungdahl attended the America’s Cup Qualifier in August where the U.S. Women qualified for the 2018 World Championships and 2019 Parapan Am Games. Ljungdahl was a participant at the 2016 NWBA Women’s Development Camp on October 20-23 at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama.

    “By attending the NWBA Women's Development Camp, I was able to get a taste of what tryouts for the Women's National Team would be like, and the amount of work it takes to get to that point. The greatest skill I learned at the Development camp was persistence and dedication. These attributes must be ingrained into your everyday training to get to the National Team Level.” Ljungdahl said.

    “Anyone interested in competing at the National Team level or getting the resources that National Team athletes have… I urge you to go ahead and get involved in the NWBA Women’s Development Camp,” said Coach Johnson.

    Instruction and training from Coach Johnson will include: over 20 hours of on-court instruction, individual video analysis of pushing mechanics and shooting form, advanced individual skills drills, detailed player evaluation, benchmarks for individual player development and personalized take-home drills.

    Athletes interested in attending the NWBA Women’s Development Camp are encouraged to submit an application. All NWBA members are eligible to submit an application. The capacity for the NWBA Women’s Development Camp is 30 athletes. The NWBA will send confirmation emails to selected candidates at least four weeks prior to camp.

    The registration fee to attend the 2017 NWBA Women’s Development Camp is $500.00. The registration fee includes: meals, on-campus housing, shuttle transportation and a Nike Dri-Fit T-shirt.

    The last day to register for the 2017 NWBA Women’s Development Camp is Thursday, October 12. The NWBA encourages athletes to wait for their conformation email before booking travel accommodations.

    The NWBA’s Men’s Development camp is December 16-20th. Application deadline is Friday, November 18th.

    Additional information can be found at http://www.nwba.org/developmentcamp. Questions can be forwarded to Brandon McBeain at BrandonMcBeain@nwba.org or (719) 266-4082 ext. 108.

     

     

     

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO- Darlene Hunter, present of the NWBA Women’s Division and a Rio 2016 Paralympic gold medalist was presented the espnW’s Toyota Everyday Hero Award by Sarah Spain, columnist for espnW and a Sports Center reporter, at the eighth annual espnW Women + and Sports Summit, on October 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the Resort at Pelican Hill Newport Beach, California.

    Toyota and espnW collaborated in 2013 to create the Everyday Heroes program which honors women promoting and creating opportunities for women and girls in sports. The award is given to three nominated individuals annually.

    The espnW Women+ Sports Summit brings together female athletes and leaders in the sports industry for a two-day program focused on creating positive change and opportunities for women in sports. The event consists of speakers, activities and networking opportunities October 2-4th. 

    Hunter is awarded the Toyota Everyday Heroes award for her work with the Lady Wheelchair Mavericks Basketball Team, a non-profit organization in the NWBA Women’s Division. The Lady Mavericks won the 2017 National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in March. The program emphasizes skills and leadership development by encouraging its athletes to volunteer in their community. The Lady Mavericks program has been providing opportunities since 1990.

    “I have had much success in my life in sports and education, but my biggest success is the new opportunities that I am able to create for others with a physical disability to participate in sport and to grow as an individual. It is less about winning, and more about the tools that are provided to create lifelong opportunities for women to reach their goals with or without a disability,” Hunter said in an interview with espnW about the Women + Sports Summit.

    The Lady Mavericks also host an all-women’s summer camp free of charge. The camp provides 30 athletes an opportunity to receive instruction and improve their skills in wheelchair basketball.

    After sustaining a spinal cord injury at the age of 4, Hunter began competing as an adaptive athlete in track and road racing. While attending the University of Arizona, she joined the women’s wheelchair basketball team. In 2004, she moved to Texas and began playing for the Lady Mavericks Women’s Basketball team until she made the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2010. Since then, she has competed on the U.S. Women’s National team and won a gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

    The espnW Women + Sports Summit  covers global access to sports and opportunities, the advancement of women, marketing of female athletes and women in the sports business through keynote speakers.

    Featured speakers include: Laruen Fritts of Gatorade; Angela Guy, Senior Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion of L’Oreal USA; Michele Promaulayko, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan and Editorial Director of Seventeen magazine; Bozoma Saint John Chief Brand Officer of UBER; and others.

    The event also features other professional athletes including: A.J. Andrews professional softball player; Julie Foudy World Cup soccer champion and Olympic gold medalist;  Ashleigh Johnson and Maggie Steffens of the U.S. Olympic gold-medal winning Women’s Water Polo Team;  Alana Nicholas, Wheelchair Basketball and Alpine Ski Racing gold medalist; and others.

     

    Darlene Hunter’s Accomplishments:

    Sports:

    2016 - Gold Medal, Paralympic Games; Rio, Brazil

    2015 – Gold Medal, Parapan American Games; Toronto, Canada

    2014 – 4th Place, World Championship; Toronto, Canada

    2012 – 4th place Paralympic Games; London, England

    2011 – Gold Medal, Parapan America Games; Guadalajara, Mexico

    2010 – Gold Medal, World Championship; Birmingham, England

     

    Current Leadership Positions:

    President – National Wheelchair Basketball Association – Women’s Division

    President – Southwest Wheelchair Athletic Association

    Secretary – Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks

     

    Education:

    2004-Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology; University of Arizona

    2006- Masters in Social Work; University of Texas-Arlington

    2009 – Ph.D. Family Studies; Texas Woman’s University

    NWBA First Annual Campaign Kit Launch

    09/27/2017, 5:30pm CDT
    By Kimberly Kasper, NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is excited to announce the first Annual NWBA Campaign Kit. The Campaign Kit introduces a variety of fundraising platforms for NWBA teams to kick-off National Wheelchair Basketball Week, Oct. 13-22. These fundraising programs will increase awareness for wheelchair basketball across the country with more than 200 teams eligible to participate in the 2017-18 campaign.

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Week is a week-long celebration of wheelchair basketball and the progress the sport has made since founded in 1948. The Annual NWBA Campaign is an opportunity for grassroots programs within the NWBA to raise funds for their individual teams. The campaign will run October 13th to November 22nd.

    The NWBA Campaign Kit outlines essential information for teams to successfully fundraise during the National Wheelchair Basketball Week. Any team registered with the NWBA for the 2017-2018 season is eligible to receive a NWBA Campaign Kit. All funds raised during the campaign are retained by the teams. Teams will have the opportunity during the October 13-November 22 time period to win prizes based upon their accumulative fundraising efforts.

    The top four performing programs will receive prize packages. Only funds raised during the NWBA Annual Campaign should reported.Prize packages are as followed (Additional items may be included):

    Platinum Program Package: Six Molten Basketballs, Molten Ball Bag, Practice Jersey’s, T-shirts

    Gold Program Package: Four Molten Basketballs, Molten Ball Bag, Practice Jerseys

    Silver Program Package: Three Molten Basketballs

    Bronze Program Package: Two Molten Basketballs

    Activities listed in the NWBA Campaign Kit include: a Shoot-A-Thon; a Push-A-Thon; a Dribble-A-Thon; and a Wheelchair Basketball Mini-Tournament. A Shoot-A-Thon consists of 50 or 100 free throws per player. For a Push-A-Thon, a player conducts down-and-backs on the basketball court for as long as possible. Similar to a Push-A-Thon, a player for a Dribble-A-Thon must dribble a ball continuously for as long as possible. To sponsor an athlete, individuals may pledge an amount per shot made or per minute an activity is completed. Sponsors may also donate a lump-sum to a team’s campaign. Wheelchair Basketball Mini-Tournaments are intended to involve local groups to participate in wheelchair basketball in an educational and friendly competition setting.

    The packet also encourages organizations to invite local businesses, NBA and College teams for Group Wheelchair Basketball Experiences or demonstrations. Demonstrations include a brief introduction to the sport, educational and team-building activities, skills and drills stations, and a scrimmage game.  

    “The NWBA has returned a priority to all NWBA teams to provide them with a variety of services that will increase awareness and support at the local level throughout the country. The National Wheelchair Basketball Week is an important property to start developing in 2017, and we look to build the program further in 2018,” said NWBA Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski.

    The activities entailed in the NWBA Campaign Kit are merely suggestions. The NWBA encourages participation from all NWBA teams in the Annual Campaign. The NWBA hopes that this program will enable teams to expand their audience, participants, and partnerships as well as raise funds.

    Teams are asked to share their experiences via social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #NWBA and #RollWithUS.

     

    Kansas City Welcomes NWBA’S Victory Tour

    09/26/2017, 3:30pm CDT
    By Kimberly Kasper, NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The Youth for Kansas City (Y4KC) will host the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s (NWBA) Victory Tour October 13-14, in Kansas City. The Y4KC is a community service organization comprised of young adults, ages 14 to 22, from the Kansas City Metro area and are using the NWBA Victory Tour as their first event.

    The Victory Tour highlights the historic U.S. Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Gold Medalists of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This is the first time that Team USA has won both the men’s and women’s team gold medals since the Seoul 1988 Paralympics.

    The Victory Tour includes two main events. On Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm the University of Missouri-Kansas City will host an exhibition wheelchair basketball game at the Swinney Recreation Center located at 5030 Holmes Street

    On Saturday, October 14, 2017 the College Basketball Experience will host the NWBA Victory Tour gala dinner and silent auction. Speakers include two-time Paralympic medalist and co-captain Steve Serio. Serio, a member of Team USA since 2006, who also won the 2017 ESPN Espy Award for his performances in Rio last summer. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

    Tickets for the exhibition game are $10 while the tickets for the gala dinner at $125 and can be purchased online at www.nwba.org.

    The Y4KC is excited to bring the NWBA Victory Tour to Kansas City to raise awareness for the sport and encourage growth of wheelchair basketball in the community. All proceeds from these two events benefit the NWBA and Midwest Adaptive Sports. 

    Y4KC is mentored by NWBA Board of Directors’ President, Sarah Castle. She is a four-time U.S. Paralympian and wheelchair basketball gold medalist in 2008, and is also an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Diversion Manager for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. Castle also earned her jurist degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

    For more information on the Y4KC NWBA Victory Tour and Exhibition Game, please contact Sarah Castle by email at youth4kc@gmail.com.

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