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Dan Humphreys

     In 1999, Dan was introduced to Paralympic Sport through wheelchair basketball as a volunteer with the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) in Illinois, and coached the WDSRA Windy City Warriors Junior Wheelchair Basketball team from 1999-2005. He led them to an Illinois State Championship, and a 4th place finish at the National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in 2004.

That same year, Dan was selected by the U.S. Paralympic Academy, along with 5 other junior coaches and 6 junior athletes, to attend the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece as part of the Inaugural International Paralympic Academy.

The following year, he was selected by the NWBA and WSUSA to be the Assistant Coach for the 2005 USA Junior (U-20) National Team that competed and won double gold in the Australian Junior National Games for the Disabled.  A year later, Dan was named the Head Coach for the USA Junior (U-20) National Team that competed in the Australian Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships, where the team again went undefeated.

Dan has been a leader in the Paralympic sport movement, serving as the Event Director for various national and international competitions, including the 2006 and 2007 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field National Championships, and the 2008 National Prep Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.

Off the playing field, Dan has lent his experience and leadership to various National Governing Bodies (NGB's) and Disabled Sport Organizations (DSO's) by serving on various boards and committees, including the NWBA Junior Division Executive Committee (2003-2011), WASUSA Junior Committee (2006-Present) and the Dixie Games Board of Directors (2009-Present).  Dan has also lectured and presented educational sessions nationally and internationally through conferences, webinars and publications.

 

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