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 email@example.com 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.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is proud to announce it is accepting applications for the 2019 Timothy J. Nugent High School Academic All-American presented by Toyota. The 2019 awards marks the 22nd time the Junior Division has recognized its best student-athletes for their work off the court. The deadline to submit applications for Timothy J. Nugent High School Academic All-American presented by Toyota is Wednesday, February 13.
The Nugent High School Academic All-American Awards recognizes athletes 10th through 12th grades. This program has been a great opportunity for accomplished athletes of Junior Division to showcase their talents off the court.
Award recipients with top honors will receive a $1,000 scholarship for direct tuition assistance to their college education. Scholarship winner/s will be selected based upon quality of application determined by a selection committee.
"I am incredibly thankful that Toyota wanted to sponsor the Dr. Timothy J. Nugent Academic All-American honors for 10th through 12th graders," said Chris Rathje, president of NWBA Junior Division and Chair of the Academic All-American Committee.
All NWBA Junior Division academic awards 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.
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 New Lenox, IL.
For questions and to submit an application please contact Chris Rathje at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the NWBA Junior Division Academic Awards and past award recipient projects are available by visiting http://www.nwba.org/academicawards.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. – The NWBA is excited to announce the initial selection of athletes for the 2019 U.S. Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team. The initial selection was made at the conclusion of the Toyota Team USA Men’s Selection Camp, a four day camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The initial selection of athletes to the 2019 U.S. Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team is the hopeful athletes to compete at the 2019 ParaPan American Games from August 23 to September 1 in Lima, Peru.
“It has been a pleasure to work with the high quality of athletes that attended this tryout,” said 2019 U.S. Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Head Coach Ron Lykins of Columbia, MO. “I’m thoroughly impressed with their continued improvement each day. I again appreciate the effort and performance of all athletes that attended the 2019 Toyota Team USA Men’s Selection Camp.”
The group of 19 athletes proves to be rich with veteran talent and a welcomed addition of younger elite athletes. The pool includes nine members of the historic U.S. gold medal-winning team from the 2016 Rio Paralympics. The roster returns eleven athletes from the 2018 IWBF World Championships and nine athletes from the most recent Parapan American Games held in Toronto in 2015.
Among the selected athletes are Mike Paye of Macomb, MI, and Steve Serio of Westbury, NY, the two captains of the gold-medal winning team from the 2015 Parapan American Games. Paye and Serio played together on the 2006, 2010 and 2018 IWBF World Championship teams, and were together again at the 2016 Rio Paralympics where the U.S. Men won gold. Paye was a member of the 2004 Athens Paralympic team, and Serio was a contributor to the bronze-medal team for the 2012 London Paralympics.
Matt Scott of Detroit, MI, joins the initial pool of athletes in hopes of making the final roster which would be his fourth appearance for the U.S. at the Parapan American Games. Scott has seen action on the big stage since the 2004 Athens Paralympics and has earned two Paralympic medals in 2012 and 2016.
Three-time U.S. Paralympian Josh Turek of Council Bluffs, IA makes a return to Team USA after a two-year hiatus. Turek played a vital role on the gold-medal 2016 Rio Paralympic team and represented his country on the 2014 U.S. World Championship squad that won a silver medal. Turek was a member of the last two U.S. Men’s teams for the Parapan American Games (2011 and 2015).
Ian Lynch of Bellevue, KY, Nate Hinze of Cedar Grove, WI, John Boie of Milton, WI, and Trevon Jenifer of Edinboro, PA, are looking to bring back gold for Team USA after they won a silver medal at the 2018 IWBF World Championships. Joining the group above in a quest of redemption are three standouts: Brian Bell of Forest Park, IL; Aaron Gouge of Grand Prairie, TX; and Jake Williams of Milwaukee, WI.
Jorge Sanchez of Dublin, CA, makes the cut for Team USA again after helping capture silver at the 2018 IWBF World Championships this past August. Sanchez was also a gold medalist for the 2013 and 2017 America’s Zonal Qualifiers. Another addition to the hopeful athletes this year is Matt Lesperance of Sun Prairie, WI, who was a member of the 2010 IWBF World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
Dylan Fischbach of Vermillion, SD, returns to the pool of athletes after being selected during the first cut in 2017. Fischbach was most recently selected as the 2018 Men’s Player of the Year for the NWBA’s Intercollegiate Division while playing for the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.
Among the pool of athletes will be Ryan Neiswender of Lebanon, PA, and Jorge Salazar of Delano, CA. Neiswender and Sanchez were members of the gold-medal winning U.S. squad at the 2017 America’s Cup Zonal Qualifier. Neiswender returns for a third year on the list of athletes moving on in the selection process after the selection camp in January. Salazar is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. that has been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient.
Tyler Buysse of Gunter, TX, and Eric Rodriguez of Ashland, MO, join the pool as current teammates at the University of Missouri. Buysse makes his second straight initial cut for a U.S. Men’s National Team as he also made the initial selection in 2017. Rodriguez is the rookie in the pool of athletes initial selected. Rodriguez is a veteran that lost a leg to a roadside bomb while serving as a Marine in Afghanistan.
Ian Pierson of New Braunfels, TX, joins the pool with hopes of making his second U.S. team. Pierson first wore the red, white and blue when he was a member of the U.S. U23 Men’s team that won gold at the 2009 IWBF U23 World Championships in Paris, France.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will start their final preparations at a Toyota Team USA Training Camp scheduled for May at the Olympic Training Center.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The 2019 Toyota Team USA Men's Selection Camp is underway at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. The Toyota Team USA Men's Selection Camp will start on court play tomorrow, January 4 and will conclude on Monday, January 7, when the initial athlete selection will be announced.
A pool of 31 athletes have arrived for the four-day try-out. Ten of the athletes in attendance were members of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Gold Medal Team. All camp invitees will be battling in hopes of being potentially selected for the team that will compete at 2019 ParaPan American Games from August 23 to September 1 in Lima, Peru. The U.S. Men’s National Team will start their final preparations at a Toyota Team USA Training Camp schedule for May back at the Olympic Training Center.
The list of athletes in attendance for the 2019 Toyota Team USA Men's Selection Camp are below.
Jared Arambula, Valparaiso, Indiana
Kevin Atherley, Pikesville, Maryland
Brian Bell, Birmingham, Alabama
Jon Boie, Milton, Wisconsin
Tyler Buysse, Gunter, Texas
Dylan Fischbach, Vermillion, South Dakota
Aaron Gouge, Wake Forest, North Carolina
Matt Grashen, Chicago, Illinois
Nate Hinze, Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
Noah Hotchkiss, Durango, Colorado
Trevon Jenifer, Huntington, Maryland
Matt Lesperance, Coleman, Wisconsin
Marshall Lindsay, Stansbury Park, Utah
Ian Lynch, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Ryan Neiswender, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Nick Oman, Fishers, Indiana
Mike Paye, Warren, Michigan
Ian Pierson, New Braunfels, Texas
Carlos Quintanilla, Tampa, Florida
Brenton Regier, Henderson, Nebraska
Dequel Robinson, Mobile, Alabama
Eric Rodriguez, Ashland, Missouri
Fabian Romo, Chicago, Illinois
James Ross, Gallatin, Tennessee
Jorge Salazar, Delano, California
Jorge Sanchez, Oakland, California
Steve Serio, Westbury, New York
Joshua Turek, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Jacob Tyree, Roanoke, Virginia
Chandler White, Atlanta, Georgia
Jake Williams, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Chayse Wolf, Wilmington, Ohio*
Matt Scott, Detroit, Michigan *
Robbie Gordon, St. Petersburg, Florida*