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    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Junior Division Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the 2020 Junior Division Annual Meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mountain time on Tuesday, July 28. All NWBA members are encouraged to attend the Junior Division Annual Meeting via Zoom, details to participate are below:

    NWBA Junior Division Annual Meeting via Zoom

    Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

    Time: 7 p.m. Mountain time (9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Pacific)

     

    Join via Zoom App, Computer, Tablet https://wse.zoom.us/j/99247683969

    Meeting ID: 992 4768 3969

     

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    The meeting will consist of discussion on divisional business, elections for available Junior Division Executive Committee positions and voting for amendment proposals for the Junior Division. More information to be provided prior to the meeting, including the method for Junior Division delegates to submit votes for amendments and elections.

    Woodson-Smith and Gaeng join NWBA Board of Directors

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COFive members have been voted in by their peers to represent the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) Athlete Advisory Council (AAC). The NWBA AAC is responsible for bringing the athlete voice to the Board and Committees, actively participating in strategic initiatives and regularly attending Board and / or Committee Meetings.

    Newly elected, Gail Gaeng, AAC Chair, Andrea Woodson-Smith, AAC Vice Chair, will join previously elected Steve Serio, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) AAC representative, in holding a position on the NWBA Board of Directors. Other AAC representatives, Eric Barber, Eve Hampton and Harsh Thakkar will foster two-way dialogue and also represent the Athlete perspective.

    “We are excited to be at this point where we can more formally increase the athlete voice in the direction setting of the NWBA,” said Will Waller, NWBA CEO. “The environment we are living in now with a righteous focus on equality, athlete safety, eligibility and return to play illuminates the criticality of seeking and including the Athlete voice in our strategies and tactics. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to work more closely with each of these talented individuals on this inaugural AAC. Individually and collectively, they will make the NWBA a stronger, more sustainable organization.”

    *Note: The NWBA previously announced that we would be filling 6 roles, but we had one candidate remove himself from consideration. We will be communicating the process to fill the remaining role in the month of July.

    Including the 2016 Rio Paralympics Wheelchair Basketball Women's and Men's Gold Games

    NBCSN to Showcase Eight Hours of 2016 Paralympic Games Presented by Toyota in Primetime on June 24 & 25

    2019 World Para Swimming and Track & Field Championships Featured for Two Consecutive Weeks on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, Beginning Monday, June 29

    NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico and Ahmed Fareed to Co-Host 2016 Paralympic Games Coverage; Jimmy Roberts to Introduce Coverage for 2019 World Para Swimming and Track & Field Championships

    All Paralympic Sports Coverage Televised and Streamed Across NBC Sports Platforms is Presented by Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA


    STAMFORD, Conn. – June 18, 2020 – NBC Sports presents 58 hours of Paralympic programming over the next three weeks on NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, beginning next Wednesday, June 24. Coverage will look back at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and the 2019 World Para Championships in swimming and track & field.

    Mike Tirico and Ahmed Fareed will co-host coverage of the 2016 Paralympic Games Presented by Toyota on NBCSN. The 2019 World Para Swimming Championships and 2019 World Para Track & Field Championships will be introduced by NBC Sports’ Jimmy Roberts.

    On June 24-25 in primetime from 7-11 p.m. ET, NBCSN will present highlights from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, where over 4,000 athletes from 159 countries competed, including seven-time Team USA Paralympic gold medalist Tatyana McFadden, five-time Paralympic gold medalist Brad Snyder, two-time Paralympic medalist Chuck Aoki and two-time Paralympic gold medalist Roderick Townsend.

    As part of 2019 World Championships Week, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present 14 consecutive days of 2019 World Para Championships, starting on Monday, June 29. The first week will feature 25 hours of 2019 World Para Swimming Championships programming from London, England. 13-time Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long, three-time Paralympic gold medalist Rebecca Meyers and three-time Paralympic gold medalist McKenzie Coan highlight the competition.

    The 2019 World Para Track & Field Championships is featured the following week of 2019 World Championships Week on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. Beginning on Monday, July 6, more than 20 hours of 2019 World Para Track & Field Championships programming from Dubai, United Arab Emirates will be presented. Roderick Townsend, two-time Paralympic gold medalist Deja Young and five-time Paralympic medalist Amanda McGrory spotlight the competition.

    Below is the programming schedule for the 2016 Paralympic Games Presented by Toyota coverage on NBCSN:

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 & THURSDAY, JUNE 25: 2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES PRESENTED BY TOYOTA

    DATE EVENT TIME (ET) NETWORK
    Wed., June 24 Women’s Wheelchair Basketball: Gold Medal Game 7 p.m. NBCSN
      Best of Swimming 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
      Men’s Wheelchair Basketball: Gold Medal Game 9:30 p.m. NBCSN
    Thurs., June 25 Women’s Sitting Volleyball: Gold Medal Match 7 p.m. NBCSN
      Best of Track & Field 8 p.m. NBCSN
      Wheelchair Rugby: Gold Medal Match 9 p.m. NBCSN

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    Below is the programming schedule for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA:

    WEEK OF MONDAY, JUNE 29: WORLD PARA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

    DATE DAY TIME (ET) NETWORK
    Mon., June 29 Day 1: World Para Swimming Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Tues., June 30 Day 2: World Para Swimming Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Wed., July 1 Day 3: World Para Swimming Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Thurs., July 2 Day 4: World Para Swimming Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Fri., July 3 Day 5: World Para Swimming Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Sat., July 4 Day 6: World Para Swimming Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Sun., July 5 Day 7: World Para Swimming Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA

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    Below is the programming schedule for the 2019 World Para Track & Field Championships coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA:

    WEEK OF MONDAY, JULY 6: WORLD PARA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

    DATE DAY TIME (ET) NETWORK
    Mon., July 6 Day 1: World Para Track & Field Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Tues., July 7 Day 2: World Para Track & Field Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Wed., July 8 Day 3: World Para Track & Field Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
      Day 4: World Para Track & Field Championships 11 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Thurs., July 9 Day 5: World Para Track & Field Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Fri., July 10 Day 6: World Para Track & Field Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Sat., July 11 Day 7: World Para Track & Field Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
      Day 8: World Para Track & Field Championships 11 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA
    Sun., July 12 Day 9: World Para Track & Field Championships 8 p.m. Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA

     

    All coverage on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will stream on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app, in addition to NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Coverage of Paralympic Sports on NBC Sports Group platforms is a presentation of Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

    NWBA's ED/CEO Response to Tragic Death of George Floyd

    06/01/2020, 3:00pm CDT
    By Will Waller

    NWBA Family and Friends,

    Our hearts ache for the families of the most recent victims of police brutality, including George Floyd. The video of his callous murder was grotesque and repugnant, sparking justifiable outrage. The protests taking place across cities in the United States and globally, however, are not the result of an isolated case. Instead, they are the cumulative effect of voices going unheard. The righteous exasperation is about other inequities, as well, which the COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated.

    Like never before, African Americans are imploring other races to use their voice to demand change. I’m proud of how the NWBA family has reacted, many of whom have made their voices heard and actions seen. For others, this will be a subject that they are less comfortable talking about much less speaking out about.

    As an organization, we have a couple of factors that allow us to play an active role in advancing an important discussion on race and discrimination. The obvious piece is that we are a sport organization, and we know that sport can be a uniting factor. Through a pursuit of common goals, we are more willing to let our guard down and build trusting relationships with people from often different backgrounds. My advice is that you take full advantage of the opportunity to better understand their perspective, so you can find and inform your voice.

    Although much smaller in relation, being people with disabilities allows us a glimmer of what it means to be left out. Sometimes that is the result of physical barriers, but more often it is bias and perception that leads to exclusion of people with disabilities.  That is in no way meant to create a false equivalence between racism and ableism: they are not the same. I only hope that by putting that into perspective, NWBA members and their friends and family can consider their own feelings when they or their loved ones are left out when forming a perspective on race in America. 

    If our members seek to understand and seek to make a difference, then we can have an impact greater than ourselves. I can’t help but recall a story about our Founder, Dr. Tim Nugent in the 1960s. When on one of his bus tours with his athletes spreading awareness of wheelchair basketball (and in so doing advancing rights for people with disabilities), they went to a diner to eat. The local establishment refused to serve the black athletes on the team. Instead of allowing his white and black athletes to be treated differently, Dr. Nugent refused to do business with that diner and left.

    From the NWBA’s inception in 1949, Dr. Nugent was focused on advocating for people with disabilities - a group that was relegated to an existence that was less than. Advocating for equality is the essence of who we are, and we are the beneficiaries. That advocacy is just as critical now as it ever was. In addition to doing so for other people with disabilities, we must ensure that we are using our voice to support others who are treated as less than.

    Much love,

    Will

    NWBA Launches New Athlete Safety Procedures

    06/01/2020, 2:15pm CDT
    By NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The NWBA continues to put significant emphasis on athlete safety and ensuring appropriate procedures are in place for the NWBA. The NWBA is dedicated to taking measures to ensure the safety of all athletes, particularly our youth. Please thoroughly read all of the information provided below.

    Learn more about the great opportunities in the Intercollegiate Division

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The NWBA and Intercollegiate Division hosted a webinar to help athletes of the Junior Division transition to the Intercollegiate Division on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. The recording of this webinar, copy of the presentation and athlete testimonials of the Intercollegiate Division can be seen below. 

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- The NWBA and Intercollegiate Division is excited to announce it will be hosting a webinar to help athletes of the Junior Division transition to the Intercollegiate Division. The webinar will occur on GoToMeeting on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. Each NWBA program within the Intercollegiate Division will present during this meeting. This webinar will answer many questions young athletes may be asking themselves about topics such as talent exposure, finding the right coach and important things to look for in a collegiate program.
     

    "Junior to College" Transition Webinar
    Wed, May 6, 2020 7:00 PM Eastern

    Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone by visiting this link:

    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/685623765

    You can also join the meeting using your phone:
    Conference LIne: (312) 757-3121

    Access Code: 685-623-765

    New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when the meeting starts:

    https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/685623765


    During this webinar, Intercollegiate Division coaches will share extremely helpful tips for Junior Division athletes to prepare them for their collegiate athletic experience. These helpful tips include a checklist for each year of your high school career and skills you should be developing during your time in the Junior Division. The NWBA's elite level Intercollegiate Division coaches are sharing a wealth of great information, don't miss out!

    Young with Big Dreams

    04/17/2020, 11:00am CDT
    By Sydney Pierre

    Adan Persad is only 12 years old, but he’s already a standout player for the New York Rolling Fury.

    Adan Persad is only 12 years old, but he’s already a standout player for the New York Rolling Fury and has lofty goals for his future in the sport, including, but not limited to; playing in college, overseas, and eventually, in the Paralympics. 

    Persad started playing wheelchair basketball after his physical therapist suggested trying the sport. After some research and planning, he joined the Rolling Fury, where he has now been playing for three years. This season, the Fury’s have a record of 6-10, with one of the tougher schedules in the country. Outside of wheelchair basketball, he also does wheelchair racing with the New York Road Runners, a training program for youth with disabilities who are interested in racing track. Recently, Persad placed second in the junior age division for wheelchair racing in the New York Marathon.  

    Out of all of the sports he’s involved in, Persad enthusiastically noted that wheelchair basketball is his favorite. “My favorite part about wheelchair basketball, it's like being able to interact with other people that I can relate to,” said Persad. His mother, Roxann Persad, echoed the statement, explaining that “being a part of the group has really given him that sense of friendship and bond with other kids of the same disability.” Roxanne noted that wheelchair basketball has not only given Persad an increased sense of belonging on and off the court, but also that his involvement has provided him more friendships and “brings a new kind of pride” along with it. Persad’s least favorite part about wheelchair basketball? Having to do sprints drills, otherwise known as ‘Suicides’  in practice. 

    Looking towards the future, Persad has high goals for the rest of his career. “Eventually my goal is to play overseas. So I want to go to college in Texas [at the] University of Arlington,” said Persad. “And then I want to go play on the New York Rollin Knicks.”  

    With a bright future ahead of him on the court, Persad brings plenty of youthful, sociable energy in any activity he’s involved in, a legitimate kid at heart. His favorite part of practice that the Fury’s hold twice a week is “getting better” and during away-tournaments, he likes spending time with his teammates by hanging out in their hotel rooms and having parties. 

    Persad may be 12, but his big goals and determination are easy to see. So watch out Steve Serio, in a few years, Persad is headed your way!

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