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NWBA Announces Launch of the “NWBA Webinar Series”

By NWBA, 07/09/20, 10:30AM CDT


First segment scheduled for July 9 at 6:30 p.m. MDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is excited to launch the NWBA Webinar Series, an informational series focused on helping NWBA members build knowledge, skills and abilities on focused topics. Creating resources for NWBA members is critical to helping sustain and grow the sport. Webinar topics were selected based on feedback from membership and will be presented by NWBA members who are skilled in those particular areas. 

The first webinar, Understanding and Securing Grants, will take place on Thursday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time. This session will be presented by Darlene Hunter and Cheryl Vines. You can expect a “How-To” guide to finding and applying for grants that are specific to sports programming for individuals and organizations/programs/teams. Both Darlene Hunter and Cheryl Vines bring a wealth of experience on Grants to this discussion. (See Bios Below)

The NWBA Webinar Series will be conducted virtually via GoToMeeting. All interested NWBA members are encouraged to participate in this first webinar segment by using the information below:

2020 NWBA Webinar Series Kickoff
Date: Thursday, Jul 9, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM Mountain Time

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 419-447-877

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Darlene Hunter – President of NWBA Women's Division

Darlene Hunter has been highly active in women's wheelchair basketball as an advocate and a player. She acquired a spinal cord injury at the age of four and got active in sports at the age of seven when she started competing in road racing. Darlene went to the University of Arizona for racing and then began playing on the women’s wheelchair basketball team. She moved to Texas and began working with Texas Regional Para Sport to help build opportunities for individuals throughout the state. She has written several grants to advance adaptive sports for community programming and camps. Darlene currently works at The University of Texas at Arlington as an Assistant Professor in Practice for Social Work. She is also on Team USA for Women’s Wheelchair Basketball.  Darlene earned a Gold Medal in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Women’s Wheelchair Basketball.

Cheryl Lady Vines, MS

Cheryl Lady Vines is the Director of Research and Education at Paralyzed Veterans of America. In that role she oversees the grant portfolios for the PVA Research Foundation and PVA Education Foundation as well as managing PVA’s research and education initiatives.

She began her work in grants management as an applicant, obtaining over $8.3 million in grants during her career. She has had many roles in grant reviews for the PVA initiatives as well as for the Craig H Neilsen Foundation, National institutes of Health, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program and other disability related organizations.
She began her career as a Recreation Therapist and is a strong proponent of recreation opportunities and leisure education for people with spinal cord disabilities. She has held numerous roles in the NWBA over the past 4 decades.
Ms. Vines holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fresno and a Master of Science degree from the Florida State University.
She feels lucky to live on the Central Coast of California where she enjoys golf, boccia, beach walking and volunteering.

The NWBA would like to thank Darlene and Cheryl for making time to help other NWBA members build sustainable programs. Future topics in the Webinar Series and the timing of those sessions will be communicated soon. Additionally, the NWBA would like to thank Christina Schwab for her assistance in launching the NWBA Webinar Series. We appreciate Darlene, Cheryl and Christina giving back to the organization.