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    2017-18 Adult Division November’s Rankings

    11/21/2017, 5:15pm CST
    By Adult Division Executive Committee

    New No. 1 in Adult Division II

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The Adult Division Executive Committee has announced the 2017-18 November’s Rankings for Adult Division I, Adult Division II and Adult Division III. Two of three No. 1 ranked teams retain their pre-season ranking, in the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks for Adult Division I and TIRR Houston Hotwheels – DIII for Adult Division III. The Nassau Kings climb two spots to the top ranked team for Adult Division II.

    The Adult Division I, II and III rankings are provided monthly to the NWBA by the Adult Division Executive Committee. The top 16 ranked teams for each Adult Division will earn an invite to the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical on April 12-15 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky. 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 - DI
    6. RIC Hornets  
    7. MedStar NRH Punishers  
    8. Albuquerque Kings       
    9. Golden State Road Warriors                                 
    10. Miami Heat Wheels                                   
    11. TIRR Memorial Hermann Houston Hotwheels    
    12. Mary Free Bed Pacers            
    13. Utah Wheelin’ Jazz     
    14. Seattle Sonics           
    15. Denver Rolling Nuggets
    16. Missouri Predators                  
    17. Courage Kenny Rolling Timberwolves             
    18. Shepherd Stealers             
    19. Toronto Rollin Raptors - DI
    20. Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers         

     

    Adult Division II

    1. Nassau Kings
    2. Miami Valley Raptors
    3. LA Hotwheels
    4. NMCSD Wolf Pack
    5. Boyle Heights Kodiaks
    6. Ft Lauderdale Sharks
    7. Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets - A
    8. Charlottesville Cardinals
    9. San Antonio ParaSport Spurs
    10. LA Clippers Chairmen
    11. Magee Spokesmen
    12. Delaware Destroyers
    13. Austin Rec’ers
    14. Wisconsin Thunder
    15. Sportable Rim Riders
    16. Tampa Bay Strong Dogs
    17. Oklahoma Rollin’ Trojans
    18. University of Arizona - DII
    19. Cincinnati Royals
    20. London Forest City Flyers

     

    Adult Division III

    1. TIRR Houston Hotwheels
    2. Connecticut Spokebenders
    3. Rancho Renegades
    4. RHI Pacers
    5. Rockford Chariots
    6. Tuscon Lobos
    7. Triangle Thunder
    8. Brooklyn Nets
    9. Columbus WC Basketball Club
    10. Pittsburgh Steelwheelers
    11. Phoenix WC Suns
    12. Triad Trackers
    13. Harrisonburg Cardinals
    14. Louisville Spokes & Spires 
    15. Spartanburg Pistons
    16. Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets
    17. Chicago Skyhawks
    18. Tyler Thorns
    19. CSULB Flying Wheels
    20. Rochester Wheels

    This Week in the NWBA (Nov. 20-26)

    11/21/2017, 11:30am CST
    By Kimberly Kasper, NWBA

    This week November 20-26, the NWBA celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23. This week also includes the application deadline for the 2018 NWBA High Performance Women’s Player Application and a NWBA sanctioned event.

    The NWBA Board of Directors, staff, national teams wish a pleasant and wonderful holiday to all of our members. The NWBA office is closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23 and Black Friday, Friday, November 24. Normal business hours will resume Monday, November 27.

    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.

     

    2018 NWBA High Performance Women’s Player Application Deadline (Nov. 22)

    The 2018 NWBA High Performance Women’s Player Application for the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Team are due Wednesday, November 22 at 11:59 p.m. MST. The U.S. Women’s National Team will consist of 12 athletes that will travel to Hamburg, Germany on August 16-25, 2018, to participate in the 2018 IWBF World Championships.

    All athletes interested in trying out for the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Team must attend the Selection Camp. The Women’s Selection Camp is January 14-18, 2018 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    Players are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Housing, meals and ground transportation once in Colorado Springs are provided by the NWBA.

    Applications are found at www.nwba.org or clicking on the registration button below.

     

    Thanksgiving (Nov. 23)

    The NWBA Board of Directors, staff, national teams wish a pleasant and wonderful holiday to all of our members. Happy Thanksgiving!

     

    LWSRA Women's Tournament (Nov. 26)

    The LWSRA will host the LWSRA Women’s Tournament at the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association, 1900 Heather Glen Drive, on Sunday, November 26 in New Lenox, Illinois.

     

    For more information, please contact Event Director Katey Ahern at (815) 320-3500.

     

     

    NWBA Set to Launch NWBAShop.com on Cyber Monday

    11/17/2017, 2:00pm CST
    By Kim Kasper

    NWBA Set to Launch NWBAShop.com on Cyber Monday, November 27

    November 17, 2017

    The NWBA announced Friday that the organization will launch NWBAShop.com, its first online store. NWBAShop.com will open on Cyber Monday at 7 a.m. Eastern on November 27. Cyber Monday is the nation’s largest online shopping day. The online store presence will provide athletes, coaches, teams reps, parents and fans an opportunity to purchase NWBA apparel and a variety of other licensed products.

    The highlight of the shop will be the limited edition Double Gold Nike Wheelchair Basketball T-shirt that honors the two gold medals won by the 2016 Men’s and Women’s Paralympic Teams at the Rio Games. This Double Gold design features a gold silkscreened Nike swoosh and “wheelchair basketball” on a black background and will retail for $26.99.

    The first set of products available will be Nike polo shirts, Nike Dri-Fit T-Shirts, Nike T-Shirts (short and long sleeved), Nike hats, Nike Drawstring bags, and others. Items range in price from $15-$45. From November 27 to December 3 all orders over $100 will receive free shipping. Other promotions will run through the first month, and other sales will be announced throughout the 2017-18 NWBA season.

    “This is an exciting time for the NWBA with the launch of a webstore that provides our members and fans an opportunity to support the NWBA with officially licensed apparel items from key partners,” said Anthony Bartkowski, NWBA Executive Director. “The limited-edition Nike Wheelchair Basketball Double Gold t-shirt should be a hot item, and commemorates the historic wins at the Rio Games. We will continue to work with Nike in developing other limited-edition items as we build towards national tournaments in March and April.”

    The NWBAShop.com will also travel to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 70th National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical, with a commemorative line of souvenirs recognizing this historical event. The NWBA will identify other events to sell NWBA products at throughout the season.

    The NWBA will continue to add merchandise to the storefront and intends to acquire other key licensees for products that resonate with our athletes and members. In early 2018, the organization will also launch a consignment program for member teams to sell NWBA licensed products at local events, with the proceeds benefitting the local programs. More information on the consignment merchandise program will be available in January 2018.

    For more information on NWBAShop.com, visit the online store and sign-up for emails to stay notified of new products and sales.

    NWBA Hall of Fame Updated

    11/16/2017, 11:00am CST
    By NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association has updated the NWBA Hall of Fame webpage on the NWBA website. The updates include new biographies, new photos and the addition of classes. The NWBA and Hall of Fame Committee are excited to release updates and are committed to capturing the stories of the NWBA.

     

    The purpose of the NWBA Hall of Fame is to enshrine the names of those individuals who have exerted a distinct, positive influence on the sport of wheelchair basketball.

     

    The Hall of Fame is divided into two different classes: competitors and non-competitors. The competitor’s class recognizes individual athlete’s achievements. Non-competitors are a class for individuals that have contributed to the development, growth, support or advancement of wheelchair basketball. These individuals may or may not have disabilities.

     

    Nominations for the Hall of Fame may be made by any member of the NWBA and submitted to the NWBA Hall of Fame Committee for consideration via the official nomination form. Nominations must be submitted by February 15th each year to the Hall of Fame Chairperson. To access the NWBA Hall of Fame Nomination Form, click here.

     

    A special thanks to Frank Burns, Chairperson of the NWBA Hall of Fame, for assisting the NWBA in the development of the NWBA Hall of Fame webpage.

     

    Please visit www.nwba.org/hof to view these updates.

     

    If you have content or photos to submit to the NWBA Hall of Fame page, please contact Kimberly Kasper at kimkasper@nwba.org.

    This Week in the NWBA (Nov. 13-19)

    11/15/2017, 5:00pm CST
    By Kimberly Kasper, NWBA

    This week November 13-19, the NWBA hosts several sanctioned events in Oregon, Virginia, Missouri, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

    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.

     

    2018 Men’s Selection Camp Application Deadline (Nov. 15)

    The 2018 Men’s Selection Camp applications are due Wednesday, November 15 at 11:59 p.m. MST.

    All athletes interested in trying out for the U.S. Men’s National Team, which will compete in the 2018 World Championship, must attend the Selection Camp.

    The Men’s Selection Camp is January 2-7, 2018 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    Players are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Housing, meals and ground transportation once in Colorado Springs are provided by the NWBA.

    Applications are found at www.nwba.org.

     

    Bridge City Classic (Nov.17-19)

    The Adaptive Sports Northwest is hosting the Bridge City Classic at the Hoop (YMCA) located at 9685 SW Harvest Ct., Beaverton, Oregon.

    Ten teams will compete in the Junior (Prep), Junior (Varsity) and Adult Division III. Awards are provided for first, second, and third place teams.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Trisha Suhr at (503) 241-0850.

     

    Virginia Sun Wheelers Mayors Tournament (Nov.17-19)

     

    The Virginia Sun Wheeler Inc. host the Virginia Sun Wheelers Mayors Tournament at the Great Neck Community Center, 2521 Shorehaven Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

    This tournament is for Adult Division III teams.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Cynthia Pettus at (757) 813-8997.

     

    KC Crossroads Invitational (Nov. 18-19)

    The Midwest Adaptive Sports is hosting the KC Crossroads Invitational at the Pioneer Ridge Middle School, 1656 South Speck, Independence, Missouri.

    Adult Division I and II teams participating include the Missouri Predators of Kansas City, Missouri; Austin Rec'ers of Austin Texas; Oklahoma Rollin’ Trojans of Collinsville, Oklahoma; Madonna Magic of Lincoln, Nebraska; Kansas Wheelhawks of Lawrence, Kansas.

    Awards for the Tournament MVP, first, second, and third place are provided.

    For more information, please contact Event Director Matthew Bollig at (573) 228-8810.

     

    Magee Spokesmen at WC Brooklyn Nets (Nov. 18)

    The Magee Spokesmen of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania face the Brooklyn Nets of Brooklyn, New York Saturday, November 18.

     

    Harrisonburg Cardinals at Fayetteville Flyers (Nov. 18)

    The Harrisonburg Cardinals of Orange, Virginia play the Fayetteville Flyers of Sanford, North Carolina Saturday, November 18.

     

    Harrisonburg Cardinals at Magee Spokesmen (Nov.19)

    The Harrisonburg Cardinals of Orange, Virginia play the Magee Spokesmen of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sunday, November 19.

     

     

    UA Pioneer Named 2017 Blackmon-Moody Award Winner

    11/15/2017, 12:00pm CST
    By David Miller, University of Alabama

    University of Alabama

    TUSCALOOSA, Alabama.-- Dr. Brent Hardin, director and co-founder of The University of Alabama’s Adapted Athletics Program, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Frederick Moody Blackmon-Sarah McCorkle Moody Outstanding Professor Award.

    Hardin will receive the award Friday in a ceremony at the President’s Mansion at UA.

    The Blackmon-Moody Award is one of the most prestigious awards given annually by UA. It is based on a specific accomplishment that is innovative, creative, useful, or captures the imagination.

    The award was created by Frederick Moody Blackmon, of Montgomery, to honor the memory of his grandmother, Sarah McCorkle Moody, of Tuscaloosa.

    Athletes, coaches and administrators in adapted sport from across UA, the United States and the world nominated Hardin for his contributions to adapted sport, particularly in growing UA’s infrastructure and brand, but also for using sport as a vehicle to support all peoples with disabilities.

    Jason Harnett, head coach of the United States Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis team, said Hardin’s contributions to the disabled community is “almost immeasurable” and that Hardin and UA are “transforming and creating the template for success” that other universities should follow.

    “The vision of Dr. Hardin has been clear from the beginning: to create the strongest, most reputable and sustainable disabled sporting program in the country,” Harnett said. “In our mind, this goal has been attained, and more.”

    Hardin, along with wife and decorated Paralympian, Dr. Margaret Stran, launched UA’s Adapted Athletics program in 2003. Then, the program fielded just a women’s wheelchair basketball team, but has since grown to include competitive teams in a variety of sports, as well as non-competitive sporting options to more than 100 UA students. UA is home to six national championships in wheelchair basketball (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017).Wheelchair tennis has won three national championships (2013, 2015, 2017).

    UA Adapted Athletics will move into its $10 million multi-purpose training facility – the first of its kind on a college campus – at the end of the year.

    “I’m thankful for this award and I’m honored when I consider past faculty winners and their achievements,” Hardin said. “But to me, it’s a team award. Everything I’ve done is a result of hundreds of people who’ve done things to help me.

    “I feel really blessed and lucky to have landed at Alabama, a place that cares about students with disabilities and sees adapted athletics as a bright light for the university.”

    The other semi-finalists for the award, whose contributions are also noteworthy, included:

    -Dr. David Dixon, Robert Ramsay Chair in chemistry and a UA faculty member since 2004, is a world leader in the field of computational chemistry. His work has received many professional accolades, including a prestigious 2010 award from the Department of Energy for his outstanding contributions. His work relates to research on nuclear energy and the environmental fate of nuclear materials.

    -Dr. Sara McDaniel, associate professor in the department of special education and multiple abilities, and a UA faculty member since 2011. She is a national leader in research on preventing and treating behavior problems and improving student outcomes and school climate. In 2015, she established the Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office, a statewide center for training and coaching Alabama schools and districts on evidence-based positive behavior support practices.

     

    https://www.ua.edu/news/2017/11/ua-pioneer-named-2017-blackmon-moody-award-winner/

     

    The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.

    Additional news about The University of Alabama can be found at: https://www.ua.edu/news/news-media/

     

    Weekly Recap (Nov. 6-12th)

    11/14/2017, 7:00pm CST
    By Kimberly Kasper, NWBA

    This past week, there was lots of excitement in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA). The NWBA celebrated the United States Armed Forces on Veterans Day, November 11, and held several events across the nation. NWBA sanctioned events were held in Texas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, Illinois, Connecticut, California, and Indiana. Read the article below for more information.

     

    Veterans Day (Nov. 11)

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association celebrated the the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard with their families for their support, courage, and service to the United States of America.

    The NWBA Board of Directors, staff, national teams and all other members thanked all military personal for their service to this country. The NWBA celebrated “Veteran’s Week” from November 6th to 11th. Veteran’s Week highlighted the United States Armed Forces personnel within the NWBA.

     

    NWBA’s Women’s Development Camp (Nov.9-13)

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) hosted the 2017 NWBA Women’s Development Camp this past weekend, November 9-13, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The NWBA hosts annual development camps for both men and women.

    The NWBA Women’s Development Camp was an opportunity for athletes to gain exposure to the U.S. National Team’s coaching team. The camp was led by U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Trooper Johnson of San Lorenso, California and assisted Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin. Athletes experienced similar training and instruction similar to that of the U.S. National Team’s athletes.

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

     

    2nd Annual Tucson Veterans Weekend Wheelchair Basketball Tournament and Adaptive Sports Expo (Nov. 10-12)

    The Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports (SAAS) of Tucson, Arizona hosted a variety of events throughout the weekend in celebration of Veterans Day. This past weekend, SAAS hosted their 2nd Annual Tucson Veterans Weekend Wheelchair Basketball Tournament and Adaptive Sports Expo in Tucson, AZ.

    Participating teams played in two pools, Adult Division I verses Adult Division II and Adult Division III verses the Women’s Division.

     

    Adult Division I & Adult Division II

              · University of Arizona DII of Tucson, Arizona

              · Las Vegas Yuccas DII of Las Vegas, Nevada

              · NMCSD Wolfpack DII of San Diego, California

              · University of Arizona DI (only played two games) of Tucson, Arizona

     

    Adult Division III & Women’s Division

              · Tucson Lobos DIII of Tucson, Arizona

              · El Paso TX Air Wheelers DIII of Sunland Park, New Mexico

              · Ability360 Phoenix Wheelchair Suns DIII of Phoenix, Arizona

              · Arizona Storm Women of Tucson, Arizona

     

    The SAAS’s 2nd Annual Tucson Veterans Weekend Wheelchair Basketball Tournament was filled with lots anxious fans with close games throughout the weekend. One in particular was a game between the University of Arizona DII and the Las Vegas Yuccas. The University of Arizona fought hard to secure a close victory, 46-40.   

    The Arizona Storm Women’s team played some nail biters this weekend defeating the Ability360 Phoenix Wheelchair Suns DIII by only two points, 56-54 and the Tucson Lobos by only one point, 41-40.

     

    9th Annual Second City Showdown (Nov. 11-12)

    The Chicago Parks District hosted the 9th Annual Second City Showdown in Chicago, Illinois. Twelve teams from the Intercollegiate Men, Intercollegiate Women, Adult Division I, Adult Division II and Adult Division III will compete in this tournament.

    Competing teams included: Mary Free Bed Pacers of Grand Rapids, Michigan; MedStar NRH Punishers of Washington, D.C.; RIC Hornets of Chicago, Illinois; University of Illinois Fighting Illini Men’s and Women’s Team of Champaign, Illinois; Los Angeles Hotwheels of Cudahy, California; LWSRA Hawks of New Lenox, Illinois; Rockford Chariots of Roscoe, Illinois; Wisconsin Thunder of Whitewater, Wisconsin; Chicago Skyhawks of Chicago, Illinois; Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks DIII of Brookfield, Wisconsin; and University of Wisconsin or (UW) Whitewater Women of Whitewater, Wisconsin.

    There were three different championships: the Showdown Division, the Midway Division, and the Da’ Blues Division.

    The MedStar NRH Punishers were the Showdown Champions followed by the RIC Hornets as runner-up. The Mary Free Bed Pacers placed third followed by the Los Angeles Hotwheels in fourth place.

    The Showdown Most Valuable Player was Bryce Doody of the MedStar NRH Punishers. The Showdown Sportsmanship Award went to Lee Montgomery of the Mary Free Bed Pacers.

     

    Showdown All-Tournament Team

    Gary Maldonado, RIC Hornets

    Trey Jenifer, MedStar NRH Punishers

    Jimmy Moceri, MFB Pacers

    Marcelo Gomez, LA Hotwheels

    Tom Smurr, RIC Hornets

    Charles McDonald, MFB Pacers

     

    The Midway Champions were the University of Illinois Fighting Illini Men followed by the Wisconsin Thunder. The Rockford Chariots placed third in the Midway Division.

    Damien Buchman of the Wisconsin Thunder was the Midway Division’s Most Valuable Player. The Midway Sportsmanship Award went to Seth Goldberg of the Chicago Skyhawks.

     

    Midway All-Tournament Team

    Justin South, Rockford Chariots

    Thomas Duffy, Illini Men

    Kyle Jankowski, Illini Men

    Eric Shinkus, WI Thunder

     

    Da' Blues Champions were the University of Illinois Fighting Illini Women followed by the Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks DIII. The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Warhawk Women placed third.

    Da' Blues Most Valuable Player was Emily Oberst of the University of Illinois Fighting Illini Women’s team. Da' Blues Sportsmanship Award went to Ricky Chones of the Milwaukee Bucks DIII team.

     

    Da' Blues All-Tournament Team

    Art Johnson, LWSRA Hawks

    Curran Brown, Illini Women

    Marissa Bartels, UWW - Warhawk Women

    Kevin Bassette, Bucks DIII

    Laura Vacek, UWW - Warhawk Women

     

    Earl Jordan won the 2017 Larry Labiak Award for Leadership.

     

    UTA Jim Hayes Invitational (Nov. 10-12)

    In honor of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Homecoming Weekend, the Movin' Mavs Adapted Sports hosted the UTA Jim Hayes Invitational at the Maverick Activities Center and Physical Education Building in Arlington, Texas.

    The Lady Movin’ Mavs of Arlington, Texas were 3-0 Saturday in the Jim Hayes Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.

    Top scorers were graduate student and 2017 U.S. Women’s National Team member Morgan Wood with 24 points, Paralympic gold medalist Rose Hollermann (senior) with 21 points, and Paralympic gold medalist Abby Dunkin (junior) with 20 points for the win.

    UTA’s Movin’ Mavs Men Team of Arlington, Texas defeated the University of Alabama Men’s team of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 61-41 and a lost against the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks Division I team of Arlington, Texas, 81-62. Bonnie Nickleberry led the Dallas Mavs with 31 points, followed by Andreas Kraft with 19 points.

    For more information on the UTA Jim Hayes Invitational, read the article below.

    http://www.theshorthorn.com/sports/lady-movin-mavs-on-roll-movin-mavs-fall-in-memorial/article_cfc911b6-c74d-11e7-a487-5ba2c9c5c8ad.html

     

    CT Day Tournament (Nov. 12)

    The Connecticut Spokebenders of Meriden, Connecticut hosted their first official tournament of the season this past weekend in Bristol, Connecticut.

    The Connecticut Spokebenders of Meriden, Connecticut; the Axis Knights of New York, New York; the Brooklyn Nets of Brooklyn, New York; and the New England Blazers of Saugus, Massachusetts competed in the CT Day Tournament this past weekend.

    The Connecticut Spokesmen came out on top, 3-0, defeating the Brooklyn Nets 48-31, New England Blazers 48-33, and the Axis Knights 48-17. The New England Blazers followed closely behind with a win against the Axis Knights, 60-14, and the Brooklyn Nets, 49-46.

     

    Boro Shootout (Nov. 11-12)

    Edinboro University hosted the Boro Shootout this past weekend on campus in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.

    Will Waller of the Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers of Brunswick, Ohio lead his team to victory with a solid 3-0 win over Toronto 1 of Nepean, Ontario (51-37), Edinboro University Wheelchair Basketball Men’s Team (53-41), and the Division II London Forest City Flyers of Denfield, Ontario (59-32).

    Top scorers of the Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers were Will Waller and Mike Adams. Adams is in his first season with the Cavs.

    The Edinboro University’s Fighting Scots avenged a loss to the Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers defeating them by one point, 49-39, to claim the 2017 Boro Shootout Tournament. This is the first time the Fighting Scots claimed the Boro Shootout Title in six years.

     

    Kings Tournament (Nov. 11-12)

    The Nassau Kings Inc. hosted the Kings Tournament at the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury, New York.

    This Division II tournament consisted of the Nassau Kings of Elmont, New York; the Delaware Destroyers of Wilmington, Delaware; the Bulova Nets of Tinton Falls, New

    Jersey; the Magee Spokesmen of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Brockton Celtics of Raynham, Massachusetts, and the Sportable Rim Riders of Richmond, Virginia.

     

    San Diego Silverbacks Tournament (Nov. 11)

    The San Diego Silverbacks hosted the Silverbacks DII Invitational in San Diego, California.

    The Boyle Heights Kodiaks of Huntington Park, California; the Los Angeles Clippers Chairmen of Los Angeles, California; the PossAbilities Rolling Bears Lake Elsinore, CA;; the Rancho Renegades of Downey, California; the Sacramento Royals of Sacramento, California; and San Diego Silverbacks of San Diego, California played in the tournament.

     

    Bill and Julie Duncan Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Nov, 11-12)

    The San Jose State School of Kinesiology of the San Jose State University of San Jose, California is hosted the Bill and Julie Duncan Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament this past weekend at the Spartan Complex Gym in San Jose, California.

    This Adult Division I tournament included the Utah Wheelin’ Jazz of Lehi, Utah; the Sacramento Rollin’ Kings of Davis, California; the Settle Sonics of Seattle, Washington; and the Golden State Road Warriors of Milpitas, California.

     

    RHI Sports Naptown Classic (Nov. 11)

    The RHI Jr. Racers of Indianapolis, Indiana hosted the RHI Sports Naptwon Classic November 11 at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana. Seven teams competed this weekend in the Prep and Varsity Divisions.

    Developing Female Athletes Hone Their Skills

    11/14/2017, 10:30am CST
    By Kimberly Kasper, NWBA

    2017 Women's Development Camp

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) hosted the 2017 Women’s Development Camp this past weekend, November 9-13, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The NWBA hosts annual development camps for both men and women.

     “It has been amazing, this is my first time to Colorado Springs and the whole facility [Olympic Training Center].  It has been so great because it’s a whole different atmosphere, seeing athletes all around you training to be on the same team, Team USA. It was such a great experience to be taught by Trooper and to keep learning and developing as an athlete,” said Elizabeth “Lizzy” Becker of the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets of Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Participants traveled from various places across the nation including California, North Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Illinois, and Indiana and ranged from 13 to 40 years old.

    “It was really fun; we got to play with girls our age or older girls with more experience. It was a great opportunity to play with just women,” said Ixhelt Gonzalez age 13, of the Chicago SkyHawks Junior Prep team of Chicago, Illinois.

    The NWBA Women’s Development Camp was led by U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Trooper Johnson of San Lorenso, California and assisted by Coach Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin. The Development Camp was an opportunity for female athletes to gain exposure to the U.S. National Team’s coaching team and experience similar training and instruction similar to that of the U.S. National Team’s athlete.

     “Here at the development camp, I have learned so much and Trooper is such an amazing coach. He makes it so easy to learn and to learn new things without pressure,” said Juliane Cunningham of Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Cunningham plays for the Denver Jr. Rollin’ Nuggets of Longmont, Colorado.

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

     “I’ve learned a lot about my pushing mechanics, perfecting my shooting form, and learning how to better my skills while not on the court. I have definitely learned a lot about myself this week. It has been a really fun experience,” said Ella Rodriguez of BORP Jr. Road Warriors of San Lorenzo, California

    “The biggest takeaway is ball movement, internationally and nationally. I realized how fast time flies; there’s only 24 seconds on the shot clock. Having ball movement is really important and working together to make the ball move. For me it was really getting confidence in my shot where and when to take it and I really think those things ill really try to bring back to my home town,” said camp attendee Lizzy Becker.

    The NWBA will be hosting the 2017 NWBA Men’s Development Camp on December 16-20 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. MST on Wednesday, November 15. Please visit http://www.nwba.org/developmentcamp for more information and to registration. For questions please contact Brandon McBeain at brandonmcbeain@nwba.org.

    NWBA Salutes Our Troops

    11/11/2017, 12:00pm CST
    By NWBA

    Heroes and Hoops

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – This year, the United States celebrates the 99th year of commemoration that Americans remember those who served our country in uniform on November 11, 2017. Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day until 1954, is honored on November 11 as this was the day when fighting ceased during World War I.

    It was after World War II when wheelchair basketball started through Veterans Administration Hospitals in Birmingham, California; Framingham, Maryland; and the Corona Naval Station in California in 1946. Two years later, Dr. Timothy Nugent formed the National Wheelchair Basketball Association that was comprised of the VA Hospital Teams and a few other new teams across the country.

    Today, 15 percent of the NWBA athlete population are veterans. The NWBA has supported programming for veterans in many different forms, and continues to provide the Operation Rebound program to veterans who have an interest in the sport of wheelchair basketball. The NWBA also provides support to other military programs that feature veterans with a disability – Invictus Games; Paralyzed Veterans Association Games; Warrior Games; and others.

    “It is important for the NWBA to continue to support our veterans every day, and we take pride in the continuance of programming for those who have served our country and protected our freedoms,” said Anthony Bartkowski, NWBA Executive Director. “One of our initiatives is to re-deploy Operation Rebound into a local market perspective to create new teams across the country, and identify new athletes.”

     

    Through the NWBA’s Operation Rebound program, two athletes have found recent success in wheelchair basketball. The first is Jorge Salazar of Bakersfield, California was a member of the 2017 U.S. Men’s National Team that competed at the 2017 Amercia’s Cup in Cali, Columbia. The other athlete Eric Rodriguez is a student-athlete at the University of Missouri.

    Salazar and Rodriguez will be featured by Fox Sports Network in video segments during pre and post game broadcast of NBA games on Saturday, November 11. The NWBA will share these video segments on the NWBA website and social media accounts.

    Today we celebrate the United States Armed Forces, the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and their families for their support, courage, and service of our country, the United States of America. The NWBA Board of Directors, staff, national teams and all other members thank all military personal for their service to this country.

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association has celebrated “Veteran’s Week” from November 6th to 11th. Veteran’s Week has highlighted the United States Armed Forces within the NWBA. The United States Armed Forces consist of Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The United States has recognized this observed holiday since 1918, though under the name Veteran’s Day since 1954.

    Army Veteran Shows Commitment to Service of Others

    11/11/2017, 10:45am CST
    By NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Jimmy May has provided longtime service to this country, his community, his family and the adaptive sports industry. May is a 67-year-old disabled veteran of the Vietnam War. This December, May will have been in a wheelchair for 49 years.

    May was injured in Vietnam on December 1, 1968.  At that time, he was in the United States Army serving with ‘The Big Red I’ Infantry Division.  May is the recipient of the Purple Heart, the Army Accommodation Medal and several other medals from his service in the U.S. Army. 

    May has played wheelchair basketball for 45 years, he started his career with the Richmond Charioteers in 1973 – 1981. In 1981 May formed the Richmond Rimriders and served as player and coach from 1981 – 2014. May is now the head coach of the Sportable Rimriders of Adult Division II. May has also contributed to wheelchair basketball by hosting various tournaments and serving on NWBA committees.

    May is involved in a variety of wheelchair sports. May is the only veteran who has attended the National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games for 37 times out of the 38 years of existence for the event. May has been a member of the American Wheelchair Bowling Association since 1971 and active member serving in various board positions.

    May is a life-member of local chapters of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Paralyzed Veterans Association Chapter.

    May lives in Midlothian, VA with his wife of 48 years, Sue. He has two sons, Troy and Kevin. May is proud to have two grandchildren, a twelve-year-old granddaughter Savannah and a seven-year-old grandson Zachary.

    The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is excited to celebrate “Veteran’s Week”. Veteran’s Week highlights the United States Armed Forces within the NWBA. The United States Armed Forces consist of Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The United States has recognized this observed holiday since 1918, though under the name Veteran’s Day since 1954. The NWBA’s Veteran’s Week will conclude on 99th university of Veteran’s Day on Saturday, November 11.

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