COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The NWBA Junior Division Executive Committee is pleased to announce that they are accepting nomination forms for the 2018-19 NWBA Junior Division Annual Awards. All award recipients will be announced at the 2019 NWBA Junior Division Annual Banquet at the Toyota National Varsity Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 30 in Tinley Park, IL 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.
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 (email@example.com) no later than Friday, March 1st.
The Junior Division Executive Committee will review the nomination forms and vote for the recipient of each award.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The Adult Division Executive Committee has announced the 2019 January Rankings for Adult Division I, Adult Division II and Adult Division III.
Adult Division I —The top five teams in Adult Division I remain the same from the December Rankings. The No. 6 University of Arizona Wildcats and No. 7 Toronto Rollin' Raptors switch positions this month after the Wildcats pulled out a nail bitter 62-61 on January 12 at the Sacramento Rollin Kings Shootout in Davis, CA.
Adult Division II –The Rancho Renegades Elite make another jump in the rankings moving from No. 5 to the top dog position at No. 1 for January. The Renegades are 13-1 and hold victories over four of the five top five ranked Adult Division II teams. The Austin Rec’ers, LA Hotwheels, Ft. Lauderdale Sharks and Tampa Bay Strong Dogs all slide one spot in the rankings from December.
Adult Division III – The Austin Rec'ers secure the top ranked team in Adult Division III for the first time this season. With a 7-2 record, the Rec'ers sole loses this season come at the hands of the No. 6 TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels who have a 2-2 series record versus the Rec'ers this season.
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 their division's national tournament that is part of the Toyota National Championship Series. The Toyota National Adult Division I Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical will be held March 22-24 in Cleveland, OH; Toyota National Adult Division II Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, March 15-17 in Cleveland, OH; Toyota National Adult Division III Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, April 5-7 in Chicago, IL. The 48 teams from the three Adult Divisions will battle it out for three coveted national titles.
*Rankings based on results submitted by 1/18
2019 Adult Division I January Rankings
1. New York Rollin’ Knicks
2. Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
3. MedStar NRH Punishers
4. Sacramento Rollin’ Kings
5. Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks
6. University of Arizona Wildcats
7. Toronto Rollin’ Raptors
8. NMCSD WolfPack
9. TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels
10. Shepherd Stealers
11. Seattle Sonics
12. Utah Wheelin’ Jazz
13. Denver Rolling Nuggets
14. Miami Heat Wheels
15. Golden State Road Warriors
16. Albuquerque Kings
17. RIC Hornets
18. Mary Free Bed Pacers
19. Kansas City Predators
20. Memphis Rollin Grizzlies
2019 Adult Division II January Rankings
1. Rancho Renegades Elite
2. Austin Rec’ers
3. LA Hotwheels
4. Ft. Lauderdale Sharks
5. Tampa Bay Strong Dogs
6. Toronto Rollin' Raptors
7. Wisconsin Thunder
8. Nassau Kings
9. Magee Spokesmen
10. Tucson Lobos
11. Maywood Kodiaks
12. Triangle Thunder
13. Courage Kenny Rolling Timberwolves
14. LWSRA Hawks
15. Charlottesville Cardinals
16. San Antonio ParaSport Spurs
17. ABC Medical Black Warriors
18. LA Clippers
19. Sportable Rim Riders
20. Connecticut Spokebenders
2019 Adult Division III January Rankings
1. Austin Rec'ers
2. Rockford Chariots
3. Columbus WC Basketball Club
4. Mobile Patriots
5. Ability 360 Phoenix WC Suns
6. TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels
7. Shasta Lakers
8. Brooks Ballers
9. Shepherd Stealers
10. Orlando Magic Wheels
11. Turnstone Bandits
12. Seattle Sonics
13. Auburn University - DIII
14. Brooklyn Nets
15. Triad Trackers
16. LWSRA Hawks
17. Mary Free Bed Drive
18. Chicago Skyhawks
19. Team St. Lukes
20. Corpus Christi RIMZ
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is excited to announce the first edition of the Fact Sheet for the events included in the "Toyota National Championship Series". The Fact Sheet is a document that provides an overview of prudent information for each national tournament. The info included in each Fact Sheet is competition venues, hotel information, parking and preliminary schedule.
The Toyota National Championship Series will feature all eight national tournaments provided annually by the NWBA. The Fact Sheet will be updated as more information is available. Please check for updates and more information on the Toyota National Championship Series webpage at www.nwba.org/nationals.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is proud to release the initial selection of athletes for the 2019 U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team. The initial selection came following the Toyota Team USA Women’s Selection Camp, a three-day camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. This pool of athletes will continue to battle for a roster spot on the 2019 U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team that compete at the 2019 ParaPan American Games from August 23 to September 1 in Lima, Peru.
“We had 33 ladies come out here, tryout and the talent level at this camp has really risen from years past,” said 2019 U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Head Coach Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, CA. “It’s been a great experience. There was a lot of excitement in the camp, a lot of energy, and a lot of great basketball.”
The group of 19 athletes proves to be rich with veteran talent blended with a core of younger elite athletes. The pool includes six members of the iconic U.S. gold medal-winning team from the 2016 Rio Paralympics. The roster also returns 11 athletes from the 2018 IWBF World Championships and five athletes from the most recent Parapan American Games held in Toronto in 2015.
Among the initial selection of athletes are two power players from the gold-medal winning team from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Rebecca Murray of Germantown, WI and Natalie Schneider of Ord, NE. Murray and Schneider played together on the 2012 and 2008 Paralympic teams, winning their first Paralympic gold at the 2008 Beijing games. They also played together during the 2011 Parapan American Games where the U.S. Women won gold. The pair secured gold at the 2010 IWBF World Championships in Birmingham, Great Britain.
Megan Blunk of Gig Harbor, WA joins the roster of hopefuls for the first time since 2016 where the U.S. Women’s team captured gold at the Rio Paralympics. Blunk won a gold medal for the U.S. at the 2015 Parapan American Games.
Two-time Paralympian Rose Hollermann of Elysian, MN also made the first cut for the 2019 U.S. Women’s team. Hollerman won gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games alongside Abigail Dunkin of New Braunfels, TX. The duo also played together at the 2017 America’s cup and 2015 Parapan Am Games, bringing home the silver in 2017 and a gold medal in 2015.
Darlene Hunter of Commerce, MI has her sight set on joining the U.S. Women’s team for her second Parapan Am Games, first representing the U.S. in 2015 in Toronto. Hunter was a member of the U.S. in 2012 and 2016 at the Paralympic Games, winning gold in 2016.
Courtney Ryan of Chula Vista, CA hopes to represent Team USA once again after her first appearance on the squad in 2014 at the IWBF World Championships.
Morgan Wood of Gordonsville, TN and Kaitlyn Eaton of Houston, TX both enter the pool of athletes after making the U.S. Women’s team in both 2017 and 2018. Wood and Eaton have made it their mission to return to the podium after capturing a silver medal at the 2017 America’s Cup Zonal Qualifier.
Alejandra Ibanez of Salt Lake City, UT; Riley Ljungdahl of Longmont, CO and Bailey Moody of Alpharetta, GA joined Team USA at the 2018 IWBF World Championships. Ibanez and Ljungdahl won silver medals representing the U.S, at the 2017 America’s Cup Zonal Qualifier in Cali, Columbia.
A few athletes in this pool are first-time members of a U.S. national team: Abigail Bauleke of Savage, MN; Angelina “Nina” Welfle of Fort Wayne, IN and Elizabeth Becker of Weddington, NC. Bauleke, a current member of the Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves in the NWBA’s Junior Division, is one of the youngest members of this year’s pool.
Emily Oberst of Brookfield, Wisconsin, Lindsey Zurbrugg of their Portland, OR; Josie Aslakson of Jordan, MN, and Ixhelt Gonzalez of Chicago, IL are members of the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Women’s team members hungry for their second podium finish at an international event.
The 2019 U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team will start their final preparations at a Toyota Team USA Training Camp scheduled for April 24-28 at the Olympic Training Center.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is proud to announce the final roster for the 2019 U.S. Women’s U25 World Championship Team. This selection was made at the conclusion of the three-day Toyota Team USA Women’s Selection Camp, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The U.S. Women’s U25 World Championship Team will comprise of 12 athletes that will compete at the 2019 IWBF Women's U25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships on May 22 to May 30, 2019, in Suphanburi, Thailand.
The 2019 U.S. Women’s U25 World Championship Team will be led into the competition by head coach Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, CA. “This is one of the best selection camps I have had the pleasure of being a part of,” said Coach Johnson. “I am excited and honored to have selected such a talented roster of athletes to represent the United States of America at the IWBF U25 Women’s World Championships.”
The headliner of the team is Rose Hollermann of Elysian, MN a member of the gold-medal winning team U.S. Women’s team from the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Hollermann is the sole member of the team with experience playing in this event having played in the 2011 IWBF U25 Women’s World Champions. Hollermann carries a wealth of international playing experience representing the U.S. most notably being a two-time Paralympian (2012 and 2016).
Hollermann is joined by fellow 2016 Rio Paralympic gold medalist Abigail Dunkin of New Braunfels, TX as a veteran presence for the roster. This is the fifth straight year Dunkin joins the ranks of a U.S. Women’s team participating in an international competition. Dunkin hopes to add to her trophy case and a podium finish in a new event for her in the IWBF U25 Women’s World Championships.
Alejandra Ibanez of Salt Lake City, UT; Riley Ljungdahl of Longmont, CO and Bailey Moody of Alpharetta, GA are looking to build on their development from the 2018 IWBF World Championships. Ibanez and Ljungdahl are silver medalists from the U.S. team that the 2017 America’s Cup Zonal Qualifier in Cali, Columbia.
Abigail Bauleke of Savage, MN; Angelina “Nina” Welfle of Fort Wayne, IN and Elizabeth Becker of Weddington, NC join the squad as first-time members of a U.S. national team. Bauleke joins the team as one of the youngest members as a current member of the Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves of the NWBA’s Junior Division. Welfle and Becker are looking to gain their first international experience while wearing red, white and blue for the U.S.
The following group of 2017 and 2018 U.S. Women’s team members are hungry for their second podium finish at an international event: Emily Oberst of Brookfield, Wisconsin; Lindsey Zurbrugg of Portland, OR; Josie Aslakson of Jordan, MN; and Ixhelt Gonzalez of Chicago, IL.
The 2019 U.S. Women’s U25 World Championship Team will start their final preparations at a Toyota Team USA Training Camp scheduled for April 24-28 at the Olympic Training Center.
About U.S. U25 Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team
The U.S. Women’s U25 Wheelchair Basketball Team is an international development team that serves as our pipeline to the U.S. Women’s National Team. This program gives our elite youth athletes the opportunity to compete at the international level, obtain their official IWBF Classification and may be entered into the pipeline of athletes for future U.S. Women’s Teams. Team USA won gold at the inaugural IWBF Women’s U25 World Championship in 2011 held in St. Catharines, Canada. The U.S. did not participate in the event in 2015 in Beijing, China.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is pleased to announce the 19th annual Bill and Julie Duncan Good Guy Award. Established to recognize a NWBA volunteer who exemplifies a commitment to wheelchair basketball at the grassroots level through contributions to a local team, conference or the national organization, the award is named for Bill and Julie Duncan who dedicated decades of service to the NWBA.
The award will be presented at the 2019 Toyota National Championship Series in New Lenox, IL, March 29-31, 2019. Applicants do not need to be present to be selected for the award. The award includes a commemorative plaque and a $350 award to the team of the recipient’s choice.
Scholarship applications are available on the NWBA website at www.nwba.org/generalapps, or by clicking on the document below.
Application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019. Late applications will NOT be accepted.
For additional information contact Cheryl Vines at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-580-8513.
The NWBA Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the 2019 NWBA Hall of Fame induction. 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 Thursday, February 21 at midnight to:
Frank T. Burns, Chairman NWBA Hall of Fame Committee
Address: 6410 S. Minerva 1S
Chicago, IL 60637
Nomination to the NWBA 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.