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NY Rolling Fury Recognized in 2021 Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Launch

By Rebekah Markovitz, 02/03/21, 4:30PM CST


COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association and Toyota are excited to launch the 2020-2021 Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Award.

The purpose of the Toyota NWBA Team of the Month program is to give recognition to NWBA teams across all divisions. As part of the Toyota NWBA Team of the Month launch, the NWBA would like to recognize the New York Rolling Fury Junior Prep team for their efforts in the Return to Play Campaign.  Two New York Rolling Fury players, Sebastian Milan and Adan Persad, placed in the top five for most funds raised by an individual. Milan raised over $8,000 and Persad raised over $6,000 to help the New York Rolling Fury place second overall for total team funds raised with over $25,000. 

The Return to Play Campaign  was a first ever Peer to Peer Campaign launched last year to support teams with raising funds, especially funds lost due to COVID-19. As a result:

  • 17 Teams participated
  • Over 160 fundraising pages were created
  • Total campaign raised over $160,000
  • 90% of funds raised by teams stayed with teams, with the remaining funds going towards administrative and tool costs
  • This was a great awareness building tool, as the fundraising pages had a total of over 16,000 unique page views

Teams saw the Return to Play Campaign as a chance to determine their own future. Parents, families and friends all engaged in order to help ensure these community programs remained viable. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated! 

The NWBA looks forward to continuing to recognize teams for their achievements with the Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Program. 

Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Information

The Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Award begins this February, with nominations due no later than Monday, March 1st at 12:00 p.m. Mountain time. Nominations can be submitted through this link.

Selection criteria includes the team’s record, statistics, accomplishments, and non-performance related criteria such as community service and team improvement. The team you nominate has to be a registered team for the 2020-2021 NWBA season.

The Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Award will be awarded each month from February to June. The monthly winner will receive a “Toyota NWBA Team of the Month” certificate and recognition on NWBA media platforms and at Toyota National Championships Series events. All nominees will also receive a certificate for their participation in the program. 

Nomination Process

Nominations are due the first Monday of each month for the prior month’s award no later than 12:00pm Mountain time. For example, February’s nominations are due Monday, March 1st. Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Award nominations are open to the public and submitted via this link.

Deadlines for nominations:

March 1 - Nominees for February

April 5 - Nominees for March

May 3 - Nominees for April

June 7 - Nominees for May

July 5 - Nominees for June

Voting Process

A maximum of five nominees will be selected for voting purposes and voting will be conducted on the NWBA website at The NWBA will post a story on the NWBA website and social networks  announcing selected nominees to promote the week-long voting period.  Individuals are encouraged to promote the Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Award page to their peers and across their social channels. Voting is open to the public. When sharing Toyota NWBA Team of the Month content, please tag @TeamToyota, @NWBA and include the hashtag #ToyotaTeamoftheMonth. 

Each person can only vote once per day. The voting period will open on the first Monday of each month (nomination deadline) and close the following Monday at 9:30 a.m. Mountain time. At the close of the voting period, the votes are counted and a winner is selected. The Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Award winner will be announced on the NWBA website and social media platforms.