Three-time U.S. Paralympian Steve Serio of Westbury, New York, and co-captain of the 2016 Paralympic gold-medal winning men's wheelchair basketball team, is a finalist for an ESPY Award.
Serio's performance at the Paralympic Games was superb in all aspects of the game, earning him recognition as a finalist for the ESPY Best Male Athlete of the Year with a Disability. His unselfish play led Team USA back to the podium for the first time since the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games. The Rio U.S. Men's Team led eight of 12 statistical categories, with Serio choreographing it in Team USA's 8-0 run to the gold medal position.
Team USA led 8 of the 12 stat categories: Field goals percentage at 53.2; points for at 614 (76.8/game); points against at 349 allowed points (43.6); assists with 226 (28.3); least called fouls at 79 (9.9/game); least turnovers at 63 (7.9/game); steals with 76 (9.5/game); and 145 fast break points.
Serio said the following after defeating Spain for the 2016 Paralympic Games gold medal.
"This is an incredible moment for our team, and to do it in this way, where it wasn't just one guy - Jake had a great game today for sure - but it was a full team effort to get the win. I couldn't think of a better group of guys that I'd want to share this experience with. I'm so incredibly happy right now," said Serio. "I just found out that this was the first time that Team USA swept the men's and women's gold for the Olympics and Paralympics. So all four gold medals - that is quite the accomplishment, and I think it speaks to how popular and awesome our sport is in our country. Hopefully this medal for both our men's and women's Paralympic teams increases the awareness for our sport and we can take the momentum from here and go on to Tokyo."
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