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    April 12-15, 2018 in Louisville, KY

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    This Week in the NWBA (Jan. 15-21)

    01/18/2018, 9:00am CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is excited to offer sanctioned events in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, Ontario (Canada), Pennsylvania and Texas.

    All events are open to the public. The NWBA asks that teams and spectators share their experience by posting their photos and tagging the NWBA. Use the hashtag #NWBA to be featured on our social media sites.

     

    U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp (Jan. 15-18)

    The NWBA will host the U.S. Women’s National Team Selection Camp from January 15-18, 2018 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Throughout the camp, 24 of our nation’s top wheelchair basketball players will compete in scrimmages and run a multitude of drills to earn a spot on the 2018 U.S. Women’s team. The team will meet again in the following months for the selection of the final roster of 12 for the 2018 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World Championships.

    For more information on the U.S. Women’s National Team, please visit http://www.nwba.org/page/show/2311894-women-s-national-2016-

     

    Las Vegas YUCCAS DII and DIII (Jan. 17-18)

    The City of Las Vegas and Paralympic Sports Club of Las Vegas will be hosting the Las Vegas YUCCAS DII and DIII tournament from January 17-18, 2018. The competition will be held at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, located at 4505 S Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV.

    The tournament will feature the following six Adult Division II teams: Austin Rec’ers of Austin, Texas, LA Clippers of Los Angeles, CA, Las Vegas YUCCAS of Las Vegas, NV, San Diego Silverbacks of San Diego, CA, Sacramento Royals of Sacramento, CA and the Kodiak Boyle Heights of Huntington Park, CA.

    The tournament will also feature the following five Adult Division III teams: Phoenix Suns of Phoenix, AZ, Tucson Lobos of Tucson, AZ, Austin Rec’ers of Austin, TX, Shasta Lakers of Redding, CA and the Utah Wildcats of Ogden, UT.

    Each team is guaranteed to play four games and there will not be a winner or top three ranked by the end of the tournament.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Jonathan Foster at 702-229-4796 or jfoster@lasvegasnevada.gov.

     

    20th Annual Katie Kerlin Jr. Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Jan. 19-21)

    The Carousel House Recreation Center will be hosting the 20th Annual Katie Kerlin Jr. Wheelchair Basketball Tournament from January 19-21, 2018. The tournament will be held at the Carousel House, located at 4300 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA and the High School of the Future, located at 4021 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, PA.

    The tournament will feature the following four Junior Prep Division teams: Katie’s Komets of Collegeville, PA, Fairfax Falcons of Fairfax, VA, Bennett Blazers of Baltimore, MD and the New York Rolling Fury of New York City, NY.

    The tournament will also feature the following six Junior Varsity Division teams: Katie’s Komets of Collegeville, PA, Fairfax Falcons of Fairfax, VA, Bennett Blazers of Baltimore, MD, New York Rolling Fury of New York City, NY, Sportable Spokes of Richmond, VA and the Ryan Martin Foundation Trojans of Simsbury, CT.

    This will be a two-division round robin that turns into a single elimination tournament, with consolation rounds to determine 1st through 6th.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Scott Bowman at 215-685-0160 or carouselpa@aol.com.

     

    5th Annual Miami Heat Wheels Invitational Tournament (Jan. 19-21)

    The Miami Heat Wheels will be hosting the 5th Annual Miami Heat Wheels Invitational Tournament from January 19-21, 2018. The tournament will be held at the Miami Springs Recreation Center, located at 1401 Westward Dr., Miami Springs, FL.

    The tournament will feature the following six teams from multiple divisions: Sunrise Suns of Sunrise, FL, Rancho Renegades of Downey, CA, Toronto Rollin Raptors of Nepean, Ontario, Miami Heat Wheels of Miami Beach, FL, Tampa Bay Strong Dogs of Tampa, FL, and the Ft. Lauderdale Sharks of Lauderhill, FL.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Parnes Cartwright at 917-545-5949 or heatwheels@gmail.com.

     

    Sacramento Rollin Kings Shootout (Jan. 19-21)

    The Capital Adaptive Athletes Foundation will be hosting the Sacramento Rollin Kings Shootout from January 19-21, 2018. The tournament will be held at Harper Junior High School, located at 4000 E Covell Blvd., Davis, CA.

    The tournament will feature the following five Adult Division I teams: Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks of Dallas, TX, Seattle Sonics of Seattle, WA, Golden State Road Warriors of Milpitas, CA, Albuquerque Kings of Albuquerque, NM, and the Sacramento Rollin King of Davis, CA.

    This will be a round robin tournament, with each team facing each other at least once.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Mieko Chambers at 530-574-8449 or miekochambers@gmail.com.

     

    Toronto Rollin Raptors DI Tournament (Jan. 19-21)

    Wheelchair Basketball Canada will host the Toronto Rollin Raptors DI Tournament from January 19-21, 2018. The tournament will be held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, located at 875 Morningside Ave, Toronto, IA.

    The tournament will feature the following three Adult Division I teams: NMCSD Wolf Pack of San Diego, CA, New York Rollin Knicks of Floral Park, NY and the Toronto Rollin Raptors of Nepean, Ontario.

    For more information, please contact Erik Robeznieks at 647-920-4358 or erobeznieks@wheelchairbasketball.ca.

     

    Basketball Bonanza VII (Jan. 20-21)

    The Chicago Park District and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab will host the Basketball Bonanza VII from January 20-21, 2018. The tournament will be held at Warren Park, located at 6601 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL.

    The tournament will feature the following five Junior Varsity division teams: Chicago Skyhawks of Chicago, IL, LWSRA Hawks of New Lenox, IL, Synergy Jr. Bulls of Carol Stream, IL, St. Louis Jr. Rollin Rams of St. Peters, MO, and the BlazeSports Jr. Hawks of Norcross, GA.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Daniel Ferreira at 312-296-5973 or daniel.ferreira@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

     

    Dawg Pound Showdown (Jan. 20-21)

    The Eastern Nebraska Wheelchair Athletics Association will host the Dawg Pound Showdown from January 20-21, 2018. The tournament will be held at the University of Nebraska – Omaha, located at 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, NE.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Chris Proulx at 402-250-6695 or  cdpomaha@gmail.com.

     

    Winter Classic WC Basketball Tournament (Jan. 20-21)

    The Dallas Jr. WC Mavericks will host the Winter Classic WC Basketball Tournament from January 20-21, 2018. The tournament will be held at the University of Texas at Arlington, located at 801 Greek Row, Arlington, TX.

    The tournament will feature the following two Junior Prep Division teams: Dallas Junior Mavs - Prep of Dallas, TX and the Strap Stars of San Antonio, TX.

    The tournament will also feature the following four Junior Varsity Division teams: Tulsa Jammers of Tulsa, OK, Dallas Junior Mavs – Blue of Dallas, TX, Mississippi WheelCats of Clinton, MS, and the Austin Jr. Rec’ers of Austin, TX.

    In the Varsity division, every team will play each other at least once and then compete for first place based off of their win-loss record.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Michelle Curry at 214-668-1121 or jrwcmavsprep@gmail.com

     

    MV Raptors Double Header (Jan. 21)

    Miami Valley Adaptive Sports will be hosting the MV Raptors Double Header on January 21, 2018. The games will be held at the Payne Recreation Center, located at 3800 Main St., Dayton, OH.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Greg Johnson at 937-416-6159 or gregfj156@gmail.com.

    After a three-day camp in Colorado Springs, CO, the final roster for the U.S. Women's Wheelchair Basketball National Team has been announced

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The NWBA announced the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team, following a three-day selection camp at the Olympic Training Center. The 2018 U.S. Women’s National Team sees the return of two athletes from the 2016 Paralympic Games gold-medal team. The U.S. Women’s Team consists of 17 athletes who will come together again over the next several months for the final selection for the 2018 World Championships team roster of 12 athletes.

    Two gold medal Paralympians from the 2016 games, Rose Hollermann of Elysian, Minnesota, and Abigail Dunkin of New Braunfels, Texas, will return in hopes of leading the team at the 2018 IWBF World Championships. Although they are only 22-years-old, the two women will serve as the veterans on this team. This is the one of the youngest aged group of athletes to try out – 21 years old.  

    Team USA will prepare for the IWBF World Championships with a variety of training camps and friendly competitions. The IWBF World Championships are set for Hamburg, Germany, August 16-26, at the Edel-Optics Arena, that will feature a total of 12 athletes, which will be confirmed later this year.

    The two returning U.S. Paralympians will be joined by their University of Texas at Arlington teammate, Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, Tennessee.

    Two players from the University of Arizona, Sarah Heinzl of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shantelle Winslow of Centerville, Utah, have also earned spots on the 17-athlete roster. The other collegiate players who made the cut are Josie Aslakson of Jordan, Minnesota (NYU), Kaitlyn Eaton of Houston, Texas (Univ. of Illinois), Shelby Gruss of Ossian, Indiana (Purdue), Emily Oberst of Brookfield, Wisconsin (Univ. of Illinois), and Lindsey Zurbrugg of Portland, Oregon (Univ. Wisconsin-Whitewater)

    The rest of the roster includes seven athletes that are still in high school: Elizabeth Becker of Charlotte, North Carolina, Josie DeHart of Fruita, Colorado, Ixhelt Gonzalez of Chicago, Illinois, Ali Ibanez of Murray, Utah, Jordan Kozloski of Warner Robin, Georgia, Riley Ljungdahl of Longmont, Colorado, and Bailey Moody of Alpharetta, Georgia.

    Ixhelt Gonzalez, who plays for the NWBA’s Chicago Skyhawks is the youngest player on the roster at 13-years-old.

    “This is a group of youthful athletes, who have showed their wheelchair basketball skills in the last three days, and the future of the women’s high performance is very promising,” said U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Head Coach Trooper Johnson. “We have a group of committed athletes, and the coaching staff is excited in the development and progress of the U.S. Women’s Team as we prepare for the Worlds, and most importantly the 2020 Paralympic Games.”

    U.S. Women’s Head Coach Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, CA, will coach Team USA for his first World Championships team. Johnson is a National Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Famer who is the only player to make the national team 15 times. He was an assistant coach for the Women’s National Team in the 2016 Rio Games, where the team took home a gold medal. Joining Johnson on the sidelines will be assistant coaches 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.

    Team USA has returned home with a medal from every World Championships, except for the 2014 World Championships, since its inception in 1990. Team USA has accumulated two gold medals and four silver medals at the World Championships. Team USA has played for the gold medal in six of the seven IWBF World Championships.

    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.

    Team USA led six statistical categories over the seven-game stretch at the Rio 2016 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.

    Up next for Team USA is a series of domestic training camps for the National Team in preparation for a couple international competitions this summer in final preparations for the 2018 IWBF World Championships.

     

    2018 U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team Roster

    Name, Hometown, College, University, Birth Year

    Josie Aslakson, Jordan, Minn., New York University, 1995

    Elizabeth Becker, Charlotte, N.C., 1999

    Josie DeHart, Fruita, Colo., 2000

    Abigail Dunkin, New Baunfels, Texas, Univ. of Texas-Arlington, 1995

    Kaitlyn Eaton, Houston, Texas, Univ. of Illinois, 1994

    Ixhelt Gonzalez, Chicago, Ill., 2004

    Shelby Gruss, Ossian, Ind., Purdue, 1991

    Sarah Heinzl, Pittsburgh, Penn., Univ. Arizona, 1989

    Rose Hollermann, Elysian, Minn., Univ. of Texas-Arlington, 1995

    Ali Ibanez, Murray, Utah, 2000

    Jordan Kozloski, Warner Robin, Ga., 2000

    Riley Ljungdahl, Longmont, Colo., 2000

    Bailey Moody, Alpharetta, Ga., 2001

    Emily Oberst, Brookfield, Wis., Univ. of Illinois, 1998

    Shantelle Winslow, Centerville, Utah, Univ. Arizona, 1995

    Morgan Wood, Gordonsville, Tenn., Univ. of Texas-Arlington, 1993

    Lindsey Zurbrugg, Portland, Ore., Univ. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1998

    Week in Review (Jan. 8-14)

    01/17/2018, 4:45pm CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) offered several sanctioned events this past week in Alabama, California, Kansas, New Jersey and Oklahoma.

     

    ASCAA Wheelchair Basketball Bash (Jan. 11-13)

    The American Collegiate Society for Adapted Athletics hosted the ASCAA Wheelchair Basketball Bash from January 11-13, 2018. The tournament was held at the YMCA Farha Center, located at 640 S. YMCA Drive, Andover, KS.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Rob Egan at (316) 305-4151 or robegan@gmail.com.

     

    2018 Pioneer Classic (Jan. 12-14)

    The Lakeshore Foundation hosted the 2018 Pioneer Classic from January 12-14, 2018. The tournament was held at the Lakeshore Foundation, located at 4000 Ridgeway Drive, Birmingham, AL.

    For the Adult Division II tournament, the Tampa Bay Strong Dogs of Tampa Bay, FL were named the champions. The Charlotte Rollin Hornets of Charlotte, NC and Ft. Lauderdale Sharks of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, placed second and third.

    In the Adult Division III tournament, the Mobile Patriots of Mobile, AL were named the champions. The Shephard Stealers of Atlanta, GA and Orlando Magic Wheels of Orlando, FL placed second and third.

    The Adult Division II individual awards went to Chris Goodwin of the Lakeshore Storm for Best Sportsmanship and Robbie Gorden of the Tampa Bay Strong Dogs was named the MVP.

    The Adult Division III individual awards went to Patria Brown of the Shepherd Stealers for Best Sportsmanship and Anthony McDaniel of the Mobile Patriots was named the MVP.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Kristen King at (205) 313-7435 or kristenk@lakeshore.org.

     

    Tulsa Roustabout’s Home Tournament (Jan. 13)

    The City of Tulsa hosted the Tulsa Roustabout’s Home Tournament on January 13, 2018. The tournament took place at the O’Brien Park, located at 6149 N. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK.

    For more information, please contact Event Director DJ Sutterfield at (262) 472-3169 or djsutterfield.ds@gmail.com.

     

    1st Annual Nets Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Jan. 13-14)

    The Wheelchair Sports Federation hosted the 1st Annual Nets Wheelchair Basketball Tournament from January 13-14, 2018. The tournament took place at the Hackensack Middle School located at 360 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ.

    The competition began with a round robin tournament, resulting in the Connecticut Spokebenders of Meriden, CT placing first place with a 4-0 record. The New England Blazers of Saugus, MS placed second with a record of 3-1 and the Brooklyn Nets of Brooklyn, NY rounded out the top three.

    To earn a spot in the championship game, the New England Blazers and Brooklyn Nets played a hard-fought game that resulted in a 50-49 overtime victory for the Nets. The championship game ended with the Spokebenders beating the Nets 53-30. Josh Rodriguez of the Connecticut Spokebenders was named the MVP of the tournament.

    For more information, please contact Event Director David Deas at (347) 512-7186 or david.deas527@gmail.com.

     

    Central CA Juniors Tournament (Jan. 13-14)

    The Valley Children’s Adaptive Sports hosted the Central CA Juniors Tournament from January 13-14, 2018. The tournament took place at the John W. Wells Youth Center, located at 701 5th Street, Madera, CA.

    The Rancho Renegades of Downy, CA won the round robin tournament, finishing the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record. The San Diego Hammer of San Diego, CA won second place with a record of 2-2.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Alexis Newlin at (559) 903-4434 oranewlin@valleychildrens.org.

    First Online NWBA Membership Townhall Scheduled

    01/16/2018, 7:45pm CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    The first online NWBA membership townhall has been scheduled for February 8th.

    The NWBA Board of Directors is proud to announce that it will be conducting its first Online NWBA Membership Townhall that is scheduled for Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m. central time. The online meetings will be scheduled for 90 minutes in length. 

    The NWBA Board of Directors has established the membership townhall forums to increase communications with the members to: review programs; provide updates on initiatives; organizational updates; and answer questions of the members. 

    The frequency of the Online NWBA Membership Townhalls is set for quarterly, and will be hosted through Zoom Meetings. To sign up to participate, please click here

    More information will be forthcoming for the Online NWBA Membership Townhall.

    New Agreement between the NWBA and United Airlines Announced

    01/16/2018, 4:45pm CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    This week, the NWBA and United Airlines have agreed to a deal that will offer NWBA members discounted flights to sanctioned events.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is excited to announce its new partnership with United Airlines for all NWBA sanctioned events. This agreement provides discounted flights for athletes, staff, organization/club members and their families, who want to attend sanctioned events. This deal is exclusive for NWBA members to both thank them for their support and boost participation for future NWBA events. A list of sanctioned events can be found here.

    “Our sport is unique, as there is considerable travel for our members in order to compete and qualify for the National Tournament,” said Anthony Bartkowski, NWBA Executive Director. “One of our key priorities was to find a travel deal for our members to help decrease travel expenses. We are going to continue to explore other discount programs for NWBA members.”

    Participants will be able to book flights online at a discounted rate through the United Airlines website, using the code ZEK6208893. Discounts will range from 2%-10% depending on the distance traveled for each flight.

    If members would prefer to book by phone, please call the United Meetings Reservations phone number at 800-426-1122. You can book through this number from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday and 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST on Saturday and Sunday.

    Discounted fares may not be combined with any other certificate programs, coupons or other discount offers. Discounts also may not apply to groups of 10 or more people. It is recommended that you call United Groups at 800-426-1122 or submit a request on www.united.com/groups if you are booking for 10 or more people to see if the discount may be added. 

    2017-18 NWBA Junior Division Annual Awards

    01/12/2018, 4:45pm CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    Application deadline is Saturday, March 3

    The NWBA Junior Division Executive Committee is pleased to announce that they are accepting nomination forms for the 2017-18 NWBA Junior Division Annual Awards. The awards will be presented during the Junior Division Banquet at the 2018 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 and requirements of each award.

    The award descriptions are listed below, but can also be found here or by visiting http://www.nwba.org/jrdivisionawards

     

    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 Saturday, 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

    01/12/2018, 10:30am CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    Applications due Wednesday, February 24

    The NWBA Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the 2018 NWBA Hall of Fame induction, which is scheduled to occur during the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical. 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 or by visiting http://www.nwba.org/hof

    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 Wednesday, February 24 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.  

    This Week in the NWBA (Jan. 8-14)

    01/10/2018, 4:45pm CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is excited to offer sanctioned events in Alabama, California, Kansas, New Jersey and Oklahoma.

    All events are open to the public. The NWBA asks that teams and spectators share their experience by posting their photos and tagging the NWBA. Use the hashtag #NWBA to be featured on our social media sites.

     

    ASCAA Wheelchair Basketball Bash (Jan. 11-13)

    The American Collegiate Society for Adapted Athletics will be hosting the ASCAA Wheelchair Basketball Bash from January 11-13, 2018. The tournament will be held at the YMCA Farha Center, located at 640 S. YMCA Drive, Andover, KS.

    The tournament will feature the following 13 collegiate teams: University of Alabama (Men and Women) of Tuscaloosa, AL, University of Arizona (Women) of Tuscon, Arizona, Edinboro University (Men) of Edinboro, PA, University of Illinois (Men) of Champaign, IL, University of Missouri (Men) of Columbia, MO, Southwest Minnesota State University (Men) of Marshall, MN, University of Nebraska – Omaha (Men) of Omaha, NE, University of Texas – Arlington (Men and Women) of Arlington, TX, and the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater (Men and Women) of Whitewater, WI.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Rob Egan at (316) 305-4151 or robegan@gmail.com.

     

    2018 Pioneer Classic (Jan. 12-14)

    The Lakeshore Foundation will be hosting the 2018 Pioneer Classic from January 12-14, 2018. The tournament will be held at the Lakeshore Foundation, located at 4000 Ridgeway Drive, Birmingham, AL.

    The tournament with feature the following seven Adult Division II teams: University of Auburn Tigers of Auburn, AL, Charlotte Rolling Hornets of Charlotte, NC, Ft. Lauderdale Sharks of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Longshore Storm of Birmingham, AL, Memphis Rolling Grizzles of Memphis, TN, Music City Lightning of Nashville, TN, and the Tampa Bay Strong Dogs of Tampa Bay, FL.

    The tournament will also feature the following six Adult Division III teams: Auburn Tigers of Auburn, AL, Mobile Patriots, of Mobile, AL, Orlando Magic of Orlando, FL, Shepherd Stealers of Atlanta, GA, Tampa Bay Strong Dogs of Tampa Bay, FL, and the USM Golden Eagles of Hattiesburg, MS.

    The Junior Varsity Division will be represented by the following three teams in the tournament: BlazeSports Jr. Hawks of Atlanta, GA, Lakeshore Lakers of Birmingham, AL, and the UAH Chargers of Huntsville, AL.

    The Junior Prep Division will be representing by the following two teams in the tournament: BlazeSports Jr. Hawks of Atlanta, GA and the Lakeshore Sharks of Birmingham, AL.

    The adult divisions will be competing in a round robin tournament.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Kristen King at (205) 313-7435 or kristenk@lakeshore.org.

     

    Tulsa Roustabout’s Home Tournament (Jan. 13)

    The City of Tulsa will be hosting the Tulsa Roustabout’s Home Tournament on January 13, 2018. The tournament will take place at the O’Brien Park, located at 6149 N. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK.

    The tournament will feature the following four Adult Division III teams: Arkansas Rollin’ Razorbacks of Scott, AR, Fort Smith Shooting Stars of Fort Smith, AR, Tulsa Jammers of Tulsa, OK, and the Tulsa Roustabouts of Tulsa, OK.

    For more information, please contact Event Director DJ Sutterfield at (262) 472-3169 or djsutterfield.ds@gmail.com.

     

    1st Annual Nets Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Jan. 13-14)

    The Wheelchair Sports Federation will be hosting the 1st Annual Nets Wheelchair Basketball Tournament from January 13-14, 2018. The tournament will take place at the Hackensack Middle School located at 360 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ.

    The tournament will feature the following six Adult Division III teams: Brooklyn Nets of Brooklyn, NY, Connecticut Spokebenders of Meriden, CT, New England Blazers of Saugus, MA, Axis Knights of New York, NY, WSF Team Liberty of Brooklyn, NY and the Connecticut Rolling Sun Chapter 126 of Bristol, CT.

    The tournament will be a three-game guaranteed format.

    For more information, please contact Event Director David Deas at (347) 512-7186 or david.deas527@gmail.com.

     

    Central CA Juniors Tournament (Jan. 13-14)

    The Valley Children’s Adaptive Sports will be hosting the Central CA Juniors Tournament from January 13-14, 2018. The tournament will take place at the John W. Wells Youth Center, located at 701 5th Street, Madera, CA.

    The competition format for the tournament will be a round robin play.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Alexis Newlin at (559) 903-4434 or anewlin@valleychildrens.org.

     

    Week in Review (Jan. 1-7)

    01/10/2018, 12:15pm CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) offered several sanctioned events this past week in Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Wisconsin.

     

    U.S. Men’s National Team Selection Camp (Jan. 2-7)

    The NWBA hosted the U.S. Men’s National Team Selection Camp from January 2-7, 2018 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Throughout the camp, 28 of our nation’s top wheelchair basketball players competed in scrimmages and ran a multitude of drills to earn a spot on the 2018 U.S. Men’s team and meet again in May for the final selection of the 12-man roster for the 2018 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World Championships.

    The 2018 U.S. Team sees the return of 10 out of the 12 athletes from the 2016 Paralympic Games gold-medal team.

    For more information on the U.S. Men’s National Team, please visit http://www.nwba.org/page/show/3431065-men-s-national-2018-.

     

    NWBA Midwest Junior Invitational Tournament (Jan. 6-7)

    The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater hosted an NWBA Junior Division Regional Qualifying Tournament last weekend. The tournament was help in the Williams Center at 907 W. Schwager Drive, Whitewater, Wisconsin in the DLK Fieldhouse. The tournament featured Varsity, Varsity 2, and Junior Prep Division teams.

    The WASA Bucks of Milwaukee, WI won the Varsity Division tournament, winning every game that they played. In the Varsity 2 tournament, the Synergy Bulls of Carol Stream, IL won, beating out the Cincinnati Dragons of Covington, OH in the championship game. The Minnesota Rolling Rowdies of Minneapolis, MN won the championship in the Junior Prep Division tournament, beating every team in their division.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Jeremy “Opie” Lade at (262) 472-3169 or ladej@uww.edu.

     

    Rocky Mountain Invitational (Jan. 6-7)

    Colorado Wheelchair Basketball and the Denver Rolling Nuggets hosted an Adult Division I tournament last weekend. The tournament was held at the Gold Crown Fieldhouse in Lakewood, CO at 150 South Harland Street.

    Five teams competed in the round robin tournament, with the Missouri Predators of Kansas City, MI winning it all and ending the weekend with a record of 3-1. Their only loss came at the hand of the Denver Rolling Nuggets of Denver, CO.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Jess Markt at (360) 209-9336 or jwmarkt@hotmail.com.

     

    Las Vegas YUCCAS DI Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Jan. 6-7)

    The City of Las Vegas and the Paralympics Sports Club of Las Vegas hosted a two-day tournament last weekend. The tournament was held at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas campus at 4505 S Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV.

    In a field of four teams, the University of Arizona Wildcats – DI of Tuscon, AZ won the tournament with a record of 4-0. They dominated the competition, winning by an average margin of 22 points throughout the tournament.

    For more information, please contact Jonathan Foster at (702) 229-4796 or jfoster@lasvegasnevada.gov.

     

    Corpus Christi RIMZ Bayfront Classic (Jan. 6-7)

    The Corpus Christi RIMZ hosted the 1st Annual Bayfront Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament last weekend. The tournament was held in the Corpus Christi Natatorium located at 3202 Cabaniss Road, Corpus Christi, TX.

    Four teams from the state of Texas competed in the tournament, with the Houston Hotwheels – DIII of Houston, TX ending the weekend in first place. They defeated the Harker Heights Hustlers of Harker Heights, TX in the championship game, which was a nail-biter with a final score of 47-45.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Carlos A. Cavazos at (361) 883-8980 or mcavazos22@stx.rr.com

    December's Teams of the Month Announced

    01/09/2018, 11:15am CST
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is honored to announce the NWBA’s Teams of the Month for December. December’s winners are listed below and on the NWBA website at http://www.nwba.org/teampastwinners.

    NWBA Teams of the Month winners will receive a “Team of the Month” plaque.

    The NWBA recognized the following teams per division:

             Junior Division: One team each Varsity and Prep 

             Intercollegiate Division: One team (either men’s or women’s)

             Women’s Division: One team                                    

             Adult Division: One team each Division I, Division II and Division III

    Women’s Division

    No nominees

    Adult Division I

    No nominees

    Adult Division II

    No nominees

    Adult Division III

    Turnstone Bandits of Fort Wayne, Indiana

    - December Record (W-L): 4-0

    Intercollegiate Division

    No nominees

    Junior Varsity's

    Utah Rush - Varsity of Salt Lake City, Utah

             - Champions of West Coast Bid Regional

    - Team Record (W-L): 4-0

    - Beat out the Fairfax Falxons in our poll by a razor thin margin of six votes

    Junior Prep

    No nominees
     

    The NWBA thanks all athletes, coaches, and supporters for participating in December’s Team of the Month awards. Congratulations again to all teams that were nominated and selected as Teams of the Month.

    January’s Teams of the Month applications are due at 12:00 pm MST on Monday, February 5. All Player of the Month applications should be sent to brandonmcbeain@nwba.org.

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