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    April 12-15, 2018 in Louisville, KY

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    Proposed NWBA Bylaw Amendments

    04/17/2018, 8:30pm CDT
    By NWBA Governance Committee

    The NWBA Governance Committee has posted the NWBA Bylaw Amendment proposals that were received by the deadline and from registered NWBA members, in accord with the NWBA Bylaws. 

    The Bylaw Amendment Proposals will be reviewed at the NWBA Annual Congress in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 14-17. 

    The Bylaw Amendment Proposals received are below in PDF file format. 

     

     

    The 70th National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical ended with an exciting Sunday as the Junior Divisions wrapped up their seasons. The first championship game played was the NIT Championship pool, followed by the Junior Prep and Junior Varsity championships.

    The NIT Championship game was played between the 17 seed Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers and the 22 seed Motor City Wheelz. The Motor City Wheelz started out hot, scoring the first two baskets of the game, but the Pacers picked up their form shortly after that. They had an eight-point lead at halftime and their barrage did not stop throughout the rest of the game. In the end, the Pacers defeated the Wheelz, 43-41, to win the NIT pool Championships.

    The second championship game of the day was for the Junior Prep Division at 12:00 p.m. EST. The one seed Minnesota Rolling Rowdies played the three Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets – Purple in a highly anticipated game after both teams had a strong tournament. Through the first half, the teams stayed neck and neck with each other, but the second half was when the Hornets took their advantage. Led by Preston Howell on both ends of the floor, the Hornets took the victory with a final score of 32-26.

    To end the day, the Junior Varsity Championship game was played between the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels and the Blazesports Jr. Hawks. The game, which had the loudest fans of the day by far, was a thriller from the very beginning. Neither team ever had a double-digit lead and fans never knew what to expect after the lead changed so many times. But the Hotwheels were able to pull out the 62-56 victory through the leadership of Peter Berry and Carrington Marendes.

    With the end of the Junior Division Championships, the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical ended as the largest tournament ever in its 70 years of existence.

    Here are all of the Junior Division award winners:

    Junior Division Awards

    Junior Varsity Division

    Female 1st Team All-Tournament

    1. Ali Ibanez of the Utah Rush
    2. Elizabeth Becker of the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets
    3. Moria Paulus of the WASA Jr. Bucks
    4. Denise Rodriguez of the Dallas Jr. Mavericks
    5. Jordan Kozloski of the Blazesports Atlanta Jr. Hawks

    Male 1st Team All-Tournament

    1. Nick Oman of the RHI Racers
    2. Samuel Armas of the BlazeSports Atlanta Jr. Hawks
    3. Kyle Blake of the Utah Rush
    4. AJ Hammer of the RHI Racers
    5. Miles Hill of the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets

    Male 2nd Team All-Tournament

    1. Garret Castillo of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels
    2. Peter Berry of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels
    3. Jonathan McNamara of the Peoria Wildcats
    4. Luke Robinson of the Seattle Jr. Sonics
    5. Chauncy Wulf of the Peoria Wildcats

    Female Varsity MVP

    Emilee Gustafson of the Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves

    Male Varsity MVP

    Carrington Marendes of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels

    Sportsmanship Award

    Tyler Tippin of the Lakershore Lakers

     

    NIT

    Female 1st Team All- Tournament

    1. Josie DeHart of the Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggets
    2. Riley Ljungdahl of the Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggets
    3. Sarah Switzer of the UAH Chargers
    4. Elizabeth Guerin of the Mad City Badgers
    5. Hannah Exline of the RHI Racers B
    6. Breanna Clark of Katie’s Komets

    Male 1st Team All-Tournament

    1. Gabe DenBraber of the Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers
    2. TaeVon Selby of the Motor City Wheelz
    3. Bernard Guerin of the Mad City Wheelz
    4. Ryan Glatchak of the Synergy Jr. Bulls
    5. Joe Rafter of Katie’s Komets

    Male 2nd Team All-Tournament

    1. Nathan Nowak of the Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggets
    2. Michael Cunningham of the Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggets
    3. Jerret Darden of the OKC Wheels of Thunder
    4. Zeke Postma of the Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers
    5. McKinley Reed of the St. Louis Jr. Rollin’ Rams

    Female NIT MVP

    Josie DeHart of the Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggets

    Male NIT MVP

    Gabe DenBraber of the Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers

     

    Junior Prep Division

    Female 1st Team All-Tournament

    1. Sadie Absher of the Charlotte Rolling Hornets – Purple
    2. Lixi Tidemann of the Bennet Blazers
    3. Mary Mclendon of the Lakeshore Sharks
    4. Ally Tyler of the Minnesota Rolling Rowdies
    5. Ashlyn Olnick of the RHI Junior Racers

    Male 1st Team All-Tournament

    1. Seith Horne of the Lakeshore Sharks
    2. James Pollard of the Bennett Blazers
    3. Kidus Ali of the Fairfax Falcons
    4. Malachi Heger of the OKC Wheels of Thunder
    5. Nick Deyo of the Minnesota Rolling Rowdies

    Male 2nd Team All-Tournament

    1. Jah’Kyra Daniel of the Lakeshore Sharks
    2. Jack Binsfeld of the Minnesota Rolling Rowdies
    3. Ashton Taylor of the Cincinnati Dragons
    4. Zac Armas of the Blazesports Jr. Hawks
    5. Caleb Roach of the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets – Purple

    Male Prep MVP

    Preston Howell of the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets

    Female Prep MVP

    Harmonee Ruets of the LWSRA Hawks

    Sportsmanship Award

    KJ Fields of the Lakeshore Sharks

    Letter from Louisville

    04/15/2018, 8:00am CDT
    By Steve Goldberg and FIBA.com

    An Article from FIBA's Steve Goldberg

    LOUISVILLE (Steve Goldberg's Wheel World) - As I write this column, I'm sitting courtside in Louisville, Kentucky where the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, the most successful team in the history of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association with 15 championship titles since 1997, is facing off in a semifinal against the Sacramento Kings.

    The last time these teams met, at a tournament in San Diego last February, the game went to triple overtime with the Kings winning 114-110. That's why the Kings were the #2 seed to the Mavericks #3.

    This is one of the marquis matchups of the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament that features title competitions for some 1100 athletes on 96 teams in three junior and three adult divisions.

    This long weekend began Thursday morning and will extend through Sunday. It encompasses far more than the competition. All of the games are being played under one roof at the Kentucky Exposition Center, a massive facility that is connected to Freedom Hall, the home court of the University of Louisville.

    This allows the NWBA to bring the past, present and future of the game all together. The young kids get to watch the older kids, and they all get to watch the adults play, getting a first-hand look at what their future might be.

    Such as the 26 current and former Paralympians playing on first and second division teams. Ten of those are Canadians. All except Pat Anderson and David Eng, who play for the top seeded Division I New York Knicks, the others all suit up for the DI and DII teams of the Toronto Rollin' Raptors.

    Bo Hedges, a three-time Paralympian, told me, "We have a pretty strong group of players in Toronto so giving them the chance to play on these two levels is great for the development. We have a couple of national team guys on each team as well as a bunch of our developing players who are training all year-round together in Toronto so it's great to have something where we can go for a championship and travel around and go play all these great teams down in the U.S."

    The DI side is helmed by the head coach of Canada's National Men's Team, Matteo Feriani and assistant coach Joey Johnson. The coaching staff of the DII squad includes the women's national head coach Marc Antoine Ducharme.

    Speaking of coaches, NWBT also includes the induction ceremony for the NWBA Hall of Fame, and this year's class will include Ron Lykins, who steered the USA men to gold at Rio after previously doing the same for the American women in Athens and Beijing.

    He will be joined by my fellow Tarheel native, Stephanie Wheeler, who organized the USA women on their way to gold in Rio, after playing on both of Lykins' gold medal teams. With them will be former Canadian coach Mike Frogley who led the men of the maple leaf to gold in Sydney and Athens, and silver in Beijing. Lykins is also men's head coach at the University of Missouri while Wheeler guides the University of Illinois women. Frogley had previously coached the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as well as Illinois, garnering 12 championships for men's and women's teams during that tenure.

    And then there was Zambia. On Friday afternoon, the NWBA hosted a delegation from Zambia who are visiting the U.S. as part of a sports diplomacy program of the U.S. Department of State, which had also recently sent USA Women's head coach Trooper Johnson to Morocco to help teach the game.

    The contingent from Zambia is here to learn more about promoting disability rights and inclusion, specifically as it can be impacted to the positive by sports. They represented the National Paralympic Committee of Zambia, the Bouleni United Sports Academy, Special Olympics Zambia, the Matero Women's Sports Club, as well as government agencies.

    Various members of the NWBA leadership, including board member and two-time Paralympian Will Waller and Coach Lykins, spent several hours with the group discussing governance, funding, equipment and development of players and coaches, among other areas.

    Growing the game in Zambia and other African nations is a priority of the IWBF, and as proven in the development of the sport in countries such as Afghanistan and India can attest, it can have tremendous positive social effect on the lives of those with a disability.

    Oh yeah, the game.

    In that triple-overtime game, the Kings Joe Chambers, a USA Paralympian in 2008, shot for 61 points. Dallas was determined that this game was going to be shorter and sweeter, establishing a small lead that continued to grow.

    Chambers would still be the king of Kings with 30 points, but that wouldn't even beat the spread as the Mavericks killed the drama early, winning by 33, 85-22. Bobbie Nickleberry led the Mavs with 22 with Aaron Gouge adding 21 and Jay Nelms 19.

    That big three will square off with the Knicks holy trinity of Anderson, Eng and Serio on Saturday. Will it be a sweet sixteen and four-peat for Dallas or will New York repeat their 2014 win over the Texas titans?

    I'll get back to you on that.

    In a rematch of last year’s Adult Division I National Championships, the New York Rollin’ Knicks and Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks faced off on Saturday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m. EST

    The game was neck and neck throughout the first half, with both teams playing strong, physical defense and neither team gaining a significant lead. By the end of the third quarter, the Knicks held a nine point lead over their Texan rivals. But that all fell apart when the Mavs went on a 12-0 run to open the fourth quarter. The Knicks were able to regain composure, but could not make a basket with 1.3 seconds left in regulation when the game was tied 54-54.

    Once overtime hit however, the Knicks put the pedal to the medal. Led by the one-two punch of Steve Serio and Pat Anderson, the Knicks opened overtime with a 5-0 run and won the game 72-59. The Knicks were finally able to avenge their championship losses to the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks in both 2015 and 2017.

    The Adult Division II championships kicked off the Adult Division Championship games on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. EST. The NMCSD Wolfpack was the only West Coast team in any NWBA division to make it to a championship game and defeated the Toronto Rollin’ Raptors, 51-25 to become the Adult Division II National Champions. The Wolfpack started the game with a 10-0 run and kept a strong lead throughout the entire game.

    In the Adult Division III pool, the three seed RHI Pacers beat the five seed Harrisonburg Cardinals in a very close matchup, 44-42. The game was within six points the whole game, keeping the crowd energized after a full day of games.

    The Junior Divisions played their semi-final games on Saturday to set the stage for their championship games on Sunday. In Junior Varsity Division, the one seed TIRR Hermann Memorial Jr. Hotwheels beat the WASA Jr. Bucks, who entered the tournament as the four seed, 74-52. On the other side of the semi-final bracket, the three seed RHI Racers defeated the two seed Blazesport Jr. Hawks, 56-47. The Hotwheels and Hawks will match up in the championship game on Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m. EST.

    In the Junior NIT Division, the 17 seed Mary Free Bed Pacers will play in the championships after defeating the Synergy Jr. Bulls in the semi-finals in a tight game, 57-56. The 22 seed Motor City Wheels will be their opponents in the championships after the Wheels beat the 18 seed Mad City Badgers, 32-27, in the semi finals. The NIT Championship game will kick off the Junior Division Championship games on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. EST.

    The Junior Prep Division gave fans thrilling semi-finals games as well on Saturday. The Charlotte Rolling Hornets – Purple, who entered the tournament at the three seed, best the two seed LWSRA Jr. Hawks, 24-17. The other prep semi-final game ended with the one seed Minnesota Rolling Rowdies eeking out the victory against the Lakeshore Sharks, 24-21. The Hornets and Sharks will face off in the championship game on Sunday at noon.

    All championship games on Sunday will be available for viewing at www.nwba.org/livestream.

    These are the award winners for the Adult Divisions:

    Adult Division I

    1st Team All-Tournament

    1. Bobbie Nickelberry of the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
    2. Pat Anderson of the New York Rollin’ Knicks
    3. Tyrone Griner of the University of Arizona Wildcats
    4. Jason Nelms of the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
    5. Jermell Pennie of the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks

    2nd Team All-Tournament

    1. Joseph Chambers of the Sacramento Rollin’ Kings
    2. Nick Goncin of the Toronto Rollin’ Raptors
    3. Bryce Doody of the MedStar NRH Punishers
    4. Trevon Jennifer of the MedStar NRH Punishers
    5. Kevin Grant of the New York Rollin’ Knicks

    3rd Team All-Tournament

    1. David Eng of the New York Rollin’ Knicks
    2. Alphonsis To of the Seattle Sonics
    3. Derrick Bissnett of the Denver Rolling Nuggets
    4. Aaron Gouge of the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks
    5. Tyler Miller of the Toronto Rollin’ Raptors

    Adult Division I Tournament MVP

    Steve Serio of the New York Rollin’ Knicks

    Captain James S. Ure Sportsmanship Award

    Michelle Jenkins of the Sacramento Rollin’ Kings

     

    Adult Division II

    1st Team All-Tournament

    1. Benjamin Tumack of the Toronto Rollin’ Raptors
    2. Fred Esman of the Austin Rec’ers
    3. Erica Gavel of the Toronto Rollin’ Raptors
    4. Jhoonar Barrea of the NMCSD Wolfpack
    5. John Boie of the Wisconsin Thunder

    2nd Team

    1. Mike Hudson of the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets
    2. Chris St. Remy of the Nassau Kings
    3. Edgar Perdomo of the Maywood Kodiaks
    4. Robbie Gordon of the Tampa Bay Strong Dawgs
    5. Elodie Tessier of the Toronto Rollin’ Raptors

    Adult Division II MVP

    Matthew Grashen of the NMCSD Wolfpack

    Sportsmanship Award

    Breanna Clark of the Nassau Kings

     

    Adult Division III

    1st Team All-Tournament

    1. Anthony Alger of the Harrisonburg Cardinals
    2. Tee Foster of the Triangle Thunder
    3. Matt Buchi of the RHI Pacers
    4. James Carter of the Harrisonburg Cardinals
    5. Josh Rodriguez of the Connecticut Spokebenders

    2nd Team All-Tournament

    1. Tim Moworay of the Harrisonburg Cardinals
    2. Jeremy Bittner of the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers
    3. Christian Rivera of the Triangle Thunder
    4. Austin Griffin of the Tyler Thorns
    5. TJ Custer of the Harrisonburg Cardinals

    3rd Team All-Tournament

    1. Robert Reed of the Ability 360 Phoenix Suns
    2. Candice Law of the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets
    3. Nicholas Weiss of the Seattle Sonics
    4. Miles Hill of the Triangle Thunder
    5. Justin South of the Rockford Chariots

    Adult Division III MVP

    Kyle Killworth of the RHI Pacers

    Sportsmanship Awards

    Jon McKana of the Seattle Sonics

    In an exciting Friday for the 2018 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical, the championship stage has been set for all three Adult Division tournaments. While the Junior Division tournaments had some thrilling games, only the NIT Championship tournament had a team ranked outside the top four make it to the final four.

    The day also saw a thrilling Per4Max Shootout, which was won by a female player for the first time, Josie DeHart of the Denver Jr. Rolling Nuggets. 

    In the first semi-final game for the Adult Division I tournament, the New York Rollin’ Knicks beat the MedStar NRH Punishers, 66-42 to solidify their spot in Saturday’s championship game. To end the night, the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks beat the Sacramento Rollin’ Kings, 85-52 and will give the fans a rematch of last year’s championship game. In the 2017 DI championships, the Mavericks beat the Knicks in double-overtime, 83-78. The DI championship game is set for Saturday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m.

    The Adult Division II championships will tip off on Saturday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m. and feature the one seed NMCSD Wolfpack and the 14 seed Toronto Rollin’ Raptors. The Raptors have been the underdog in every game they have played so far and will be the underdog again in the championships.

    The Adult Division III championships will be the last of the championship games on Saturday and take place at 6:00 p.m. on Court 3. The five seed Harrisonburg Cardinals defeated the one seed Connecticut Spokebenders in the semi-finals to secure their spot in the championships. They will face the three seed RHI pacers in the championships, which should be an intense matchup between the two teams.

    In the Junior Division pool, the top four seeds made it to the semi finals in both the Junior Varsity and Junior Prep tournaments. In the Junior Varsity pool, the final four consists of the one seed TIRR Hermann Memorial Hotwheels of Houston, Texas; two seed BlazeSports Jr. Hawks of Norcross, Georgia; three seed RHI Racers of Indianapolis, Indiana and four seed WASA Jr. Bucks of Brookfield, Wisconsin. The Junior Varsity semi-finals are set for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

    The Junior Prep final four will feature the one seed Minnesota Rolling Rowdies of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two seed LWSRA Hawks of New Lenox, Illinois; three seed Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets – Purple of Matthews, North Carolina and four seed Lakeshore Sharksm of Birmingham, Alabama. The Rowdies play the Sharks at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 and the Hornets tip off against the Hawks at the same time.

    The final four for the NIT Championship pool consists of the 17 seed Mary Free Bed Pacers of Grand Rapids, Michigan; 18 seed Mad City Badgers of Madison, Wisconsin; 20 seed Synergy Bulls of Carol Stream, Illinois and 22 seed Motor City Wheelz of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Motor City Wheelz are the only semi-final Junior Division team to pull off the upset after they defeated the 19 seed Denver Jr. Rollin’ Nuggets, 47-42. The semi-final games for the NIT tournament are set for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

    LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – On the first day of the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament presented by ABC Medical, fans were given thrilling games with a few interesting upsets. To open the tournament, only the Adult Divisions played. The Junior Divisions will begin their tournament on Friday, April 13.

    In the Adult Division I pool, things mostly went as expected. The semi-finals in the DI tournament will feature matches between the New York Rollin’ Knicks of Floral Park, New York against the MedStar NRH Punishers of Washington D.C. and the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks of Arlington, Texas against the Sacramento Rollin’ Kings of Davis, California. The Mavericks and Kings played a triple-overtime game during the season that led to the highest scoring regulation game in NWBA history. Fans will be in for a treat as these two offensive titans face off again.

    The largest crowd of the day gathered for the matchup between the Toronto Rollin’ Raptors of Nepean, Ontario and the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks in the second round of the DI tournament. The game was neck-and-neck through all four quarters and teams were quick to notice that the Mavericks, who have dominated the tournament over the last 15 years, may have been eliminated. In the end, the Mavs drew up a play to gain a two-point lead and held the Raptors scoreless in the last 20 seconds to secure the 62-60 victory.

    The final four for the Adult Division II tournament will feature the NMCSD Wolfpack of San Diego, California; Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets of Cornelius, North Carolina; Toronto Rollin’ Raptors of Nepean, Ontario and the Wisconsin Thunder of Whitewater, Wisconsin. The Cinderella story of the final four is the Toronto Rollin’ Raptors, who entered the tournament as the 14 seed. They will face the Wisconsin Thunder, who surprised many people themselves by making it this far after earning the seven seed. They defeated the two seed Nassau Kings, 59-48, in the second round.

    The 14 seed Raptors defeated the three seed Ft. Lauderdale Sharks of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in an impressive first-round victory, 63-53. Then, they defeated the Lakeshore Storm of Birmingham, Alabama, 56-48, in the second round to make them the surprise team of the tournament.

    The Adult Division III tournament was equally excited and featured some impressive upsets. The semi-finals for their tournament will feature the Connecticut Spokebenders of Meriden, Connecticut against the Harrisonburg Cardinals of Orange, Virginia and the RHI Pacers of Indianapolis, Indiana against the Triangle Thunder of Raleigh, North Carolina.

    Although they lost in the second round, the 13 seed Pittsburgh Steelwheelers of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania impressively defeated the four seed Columbus WC Basketball Club of Dayton, Ohio, 54-35 in the first round. But the most impressive upset came from the seven seed Triangle Thunder, who defeated the two seed TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels of Houston, Texas in the second round, 60-43.

    After an exciting opening day on Thursday, fans can look forward to the Adult Division semi-finals, as well as the opening rounds of the Junior Divisions on Friday, April 13.

    NWBA Annual Congress Registration Now Open

    04/06/2018, 5:30pm CDT
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    Registration for the first NWBA Annual Congress at the Cheyenne Conference Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs from June 14-17 is now open. All NWBA members have an opportunity to attend. The deadline to register for the 2018 NWBA Annual Congress and hotel registration is Sunday, May 20.

    To register for the Annual Congress, click here. The Annual Congress also has a website where more information can be found here.

    The Annual Congress was developed based on the feedback from members in the 2016-17 season survey. During the Congress, ample time has been scheduled for members to discuss key items within the respective Divisions. Divisional leaders will also have an opportunity to discuss their guidelines with the Board of Directors.

    The NWBA Annual Meeting is set for Saturday, June 16, and features:

    Annual State of the NWBA Address

    Proposed NWBA Bylaw Amendments

    Any Board of Director Elections

    The concept of the Annual Congress is to provide members an opportunity to attend a variety of best practice seminars that are pertinent to the overall development for the member and the NWBA. These sessions will be led by experts in their respective field. Furthermore, the NWBA will conduct round table discussions that are led by NWBA members to share their knowledge of how they have overcome obstacles and are successful in their community for marketing, fundraising, team management, tournament operations, etc.

    A keynote speaker will highlight the Annual Congress on topics that are pertinent to the development of members and the NWBA. The schedule will also provide opportunities for members to get together socially and develop camaraderie. Saturday evening will provide attendees an opportunity to see Colorado Springs or attend a training session of the 2018 U.S. Men’s World Championships team.

    On Sunday, June 17, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a social golf outing prior to departure. The fee for the golf outing is $150 per person, which includes golf, cart, and participant gift.

    The hotel rate for members is $169 per night plus tax. Please contact the hotel directly to receive the group price. The registration fee for attending the 2018 NWBA Annual Congress is $450. Registration includes, breakfast, lunch, banquet and social activities.

    Set at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Resort features a diverse selection of recreational facilities, leisure activities and youth programs that embody Colorado's active spirit. Whether it's enjoying a round of golf on the newly renovated Pete Dye championship course, splashing in the 35-acre beachfront private lake or resort pools, perfecting your tennis swing or dining al fresco, The Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Resort provides the ideal setting and experiences to enjoy the many pleasures of living in Colorado.

    March's Nike Players of the Month Announced

    04/06/2018, 10:30am CDT
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is honored to announce the NWBA’s Nike Players of the Month for March. March’s winners and results are listed on the NWBA website at http://www.nwba.org/pastwinners.

    Winners of the NWBA Player of the Month program will receive a Nike Dri-FIT NWBA branded t-shirt.

     

    The NWBA recognized the following athletes per division:

             Junior Division: One Varsity

             Intercollegiate Division: One player (either men’s or women’s athlete)

             Women’s Division: One player

             Adult Division: One player for each Division I, Division II and Division III

     

    Women’s Division

    Gail Gaeng of Chicago, IL and the LWSRA Lady Hawks

    • Tournament MVP of the 2018 National Women's Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
    • Led the LWSRA Lady Hawks in scoring throughout the tournament to help the team finish in third place

     

    Adult Division I

    No nominees

     

    Adult Division II

     No nominees

     

    Adult Division III

    No nominees

     

    Intercollegiate Division

    Rose Hollermann of Elysian, Minnesota and University of Texas at Arlington - Women

    • Named the 2018 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Women’s most valuable player
    • Scored 30 points in the championship game to help lead UTA to become the Women's Tournament Champions

     

    Junior Varsity's

    Chauncey Wulf of Decatur, IL and the Peoria Wildcats

    • Averaged 16.6 ppg, 11.7 rpg and 3.8 spg this season
    • Led his team in points and rebounds per game, leading to the Peoria Wildcats to their first state championship in franchise history

     

    Junior Prep:

    Adam Smith of Marvin, NC and Charlotte Rollin' Hornets Prep - Purple

    • Described as the defensive stopper on his team, meaning that he will almost always defend the opponents' best player
    • He is a go-to scorer that plays well off the ball and often sets 5-6 pick in a play

     

    The NWBA thanks all athletes, coaches, and supporters for participating in March’s Player of the Month awards. Congratulations again to all players that were nominated and selected as Players of the Month.

    The Nike Player of the Month Program will resume at the start of next season in October. 

    March's NWBA Teams of the Month Announced

    04/06/2018, 10:15am CDT
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is honored to announce the NWBA’s Teams of the Month for March. March’s winners are listed below and on the NWBA website at http://www.nwba.org/teampastwinners.

    NWBA Teams of the Month winners will receive a “Team of the Month” plaque.

    The NWBA recognized the following teams per division:

             Junior Division: One team each Varsity and Prep 

             Intercollegiate Division: One team (either men’s or women’s)

             Women’s Division: One team                                    

             Adult Division: One team each Division I, Division II and Division III

    Women’s Division

    No nominees
     


    Adult Division I

    No nominees
     


    Adult Division II

    No nominees

     

    Adult Division III

    No nominees

     

    Intercollegiate Division

    University of Alabama - Men of Tuscaloosa, AL

    • Finished the season with a 27-3 record
    • Won the championships at the 2018 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

     

    Junior Varsity's

    No nominees

     

    Junior Prep

    Charlotte Rollin' Hornets Prep - Purple of Charlotte, NC

    • Ended their season with a 15-1 record
    • Had a 13 game win streak during their season
    • Earned 1st place in the SEC Conference Championships

    The NWBA thanks all athletes, coaches, and supporters for participating in March’s Team of the Month awards. Congratulations again to all teams that were nominated and selected as Teams of the Month.

    The NWBA Team of the Month program will resume at the start of next season in October.  

    Road to the NWBT: Joseph Chambers of the Sacramento Rollin' King

    04/05/2018, 3:00pm CDT
    By Pasha Zolfaghari

    Road to the NWBT Feature: 1 Week Out

    “We’ve worked our butts off and we’re ready to win this tournament no matter who we face.”

    Speak with Joseph Chambers of the Sacramento Rollin’ Kings for a few minutes and you’ll see that confidence is not an issue for the star big man and his team.

    Chambers didn’t start playing wheelchair basketball until he was 21-years-old, after being diagnosed with bone cancer shortly after high school and having his leg amputated. “I haven’t been playing as long as some of the players who worked their way up through juniors,” Chambers explained. “They may have a few years on me, but I can match up with almost any player in terms of experience.”

    The Kings star admits that he has a tendency to make some blunt statements, but you can’t accuse him of exaggerating. Shortly after beginning his wheelchair basketball career, Chambers began playing for the San Jose Spartans Division II team. He made a reputation for himself as a go-to scorer and was quickly noticed by universities with wheelchair basketball teams around the nation.

    He ended up choosing the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater Warhawks and may be one of the proudest alumni of the school. While at UWW, Chambers played with Paralympians like Matt Scott, Jeremy “Opie” Lade, Ian Lynch, Eric Barber and Jeremy Campbell. “Whitewater was an unbelievable place to be as far as basketball was concerned,” Chambers bragged. “Every day you were getting better whether you were trying to or not just by being around amazing players.”

    Chambers went to the national championship game in the Intercollegiate Division all four years that he was attending UWW. The Warhawks won the national championship twice and Chambers was named All-American three times. Although UWW was a powerhouse in the Intercollegiate Division, one team stepped toe-to-toe with them each of the four years Chambers was a Warhawk. “There was a Whitewater/University of Illinois rivalry in those years where the four championship games we went to were all against them,” Chambers recalled. University of Illinois, one of the only schools at the time that could matchup up talent-wise with UWW, were headlined by 2016 Rio Paralympic gold medalist Steve Serio and Brian Bell in those years.

    After completing a phenomenal college career, Chambers played overseas in Spain, Germany and Australia. During that time, the versatile big man spent 10 years as a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team. As a member of the U.S. Men’s roster Chambers was a two-time Paralympian and placed in the top four of every international competition he played in.

    Shortly after returning to the U.S. and back to his roots in northern California, Chambers and his wife, Mieko, were approached to take over the Sacramento Rollin’ Kings. When Chambers speaks about his wife, it is hard not to think of the phrase, “behind every great man there is a great woman.”

    “She is the lifeline and the heartbeat of this club,” Chambers exclaimed. “She’s our team rep, club president, head coach, non-profit president and basically does everything for us.” When a star player and head coach are married, it is possible for some tension to arise, but you don’t feel that at all when you speak to Chambers about the relationship on and off the court.

    Not only do the Kings want to win the tournament because they believe they have the talent to do it, but they also have the extra motivation to win to make Mieko one of the few female head coaches to ever win the Adult Division I National Championship. They know how hard she works to keep the team going and each player wants to reward all of her hard work with a championship trophy.

    But the Kings don’t need any additional motivation to win it all. They are coming into the tournament as the two seed after a very successful third season after the Chambers’ took over the team. “We’re 17-1 this season and the one loss we took was a close game against the (Dallas Wheelchair) Mavericks,” Chambers explained. “All year we’ve played top 15 teams. Our strength of schedule was one of the most difficult in our division.”

    The season also included a triple-overtime game against the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, which ended in a 114-110 victory for the Kings. Chambers scored 61 points in that game and recalls it as a moment that proved to the team that they could be champions this season.

    With that level of competition, the Kings are tried and ready to make some major noise in this year’s NWBT. Headlined by Joseph Chambers, Molly Bloom and Courtney Ryan, the Kings are out to prove that their team belongs in the history books with other great Division I teams in the NWBA.

    But winning a championship won’t be easy and their main challengers are teams that Chambers has a direct connection to. Not only have the Mavericks given the Kings their most contested games of the season, but Chambers has played on the U.S. National Team with a solid percentage of their roster. As for the one seed New York Knicks, Chambers is hoping to face his old college rival and U.S. National Team teammate, Steve Serio.

    “I have to be honest,” Chambers proclaimed. “I want to play Dallas in the semi-finals and beat them. Then the next night I’d like to play Steve Serio and Pat Anderson and beat them in the championships.”

    Like a WWE wrestler pumping up a crowd, Chambers calls out his opponents and predicts victory. Only time will tell if he will get the matchups he desires at this years National Tournament, but if he does, it will be must watch basketball.

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