The 2016-2017 NWBA season also marks the second year of the Academic Achievers program for grades 5-9. The goal of the program is to get kids interested in the importance of academics at an earlier age with the ultimate goal of more students attending college and obtaining a college degree.

All NWBA Junior Division academic recognitions are in memory of our dedicated and visionary founder, Dr. Timothy J. Nugent. Dr. Nugent had the courage to start the NWBA to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities. Dr. Nugent cared way more about wins in society then wins on the court.

Dr. Nugent realized the number one tool to improve a person's place in society was education. The Junior Division remembers Dr. Nugent by pushing the next generation of leaders towards the power of education.

Please submit all applications and questions for Academic Achievers to Kelly Fischbach by email atkfischbach13@hotmail.com or by mail at Kelly Fischbach, ATTN: Academic Achievers, 601 Canby Street, Vermillion, SD 57069. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, February 13th.