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    2020 U.S. Men's Selection Camp Invitations

    12/06/2019, 2:15pm CST
    By Team NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The NWBA High Performance Committee is excited to announce the invitees for the 2020 Toyota Team USA Men's Selection Camp. The 2020 Toyota Team USA Men’s Selection Camp will be held January 2-7 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

    The 2020 U.S. Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team will attend the 2020 Paralympic Games on August 25 to September 7, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

    The pool of 22 athletes that were invited to the 2020 Toyota Team USA Men’s Selection Camp are listed below.

    2020 U.S. Men’s Selection Camp Invitees

    Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO

    January 2-7

    Jared Arambula, Valparaiso, Indiana

    Brian Bell, Birmingham, Alabama

    John Boie, Milton, Wisconsin

    Roger Gouge, Wake Forest, North Carolina

    Nathan Hinze, Cedar Grove, Wisconsin

    Trevon Jenifer, Huntington, Maryland

    Matt Lesperance, Coleman, Wisconsin

    Marshall Lindsay, Stansbury Park, Utah

    Jeromie Meyer, Woodbine, Iowa

    Ryan Neiswender, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

    Michael Paye, Warren, Michigan

    Ian Pierson, New Braunfels, Texas

    Brenton Regier, Henderson, Nebraska

    Fabian Romo, Chicago, Illinois

    Jorge Salazar, Delano, California

    Jorge Sanchez, Oakland, California

    Matt Scott, Detroit, Michigan

    Drew Selz, Waterford, Wisconsin

    Steven Serio, Westbury, New York

    Joshua Turek, Council Bluffs, Iowa

    Jacob Williams, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Chayse Wolf, Wilmington, Ohio

    2020 Toyota Team USA Women's Selection Camp Invitations

    12/03/2019, 6:00pm CST
    By NWBA Team

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The NWBA High Performance Committee is excited to announce the invitees for the 2020 Toyota Team USA Women's Selection Camp. The 2020 U.S. Women’s Selection Camp will be held January 15-19 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

    The 2020 U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team will attend the 2020 Paralympic Games on August 25 to September 6, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

    The following pool of 16 athletes are eligible for selection to U.S. Women's National Wheelchair Basketball Team at the 2020 Toyota Team USA Women’s Selection Camp.

    2020 U.S. Women’s Selection Camp Invitees

    Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO

    January 15-19

    Josie Aslakson, Jordan, Minnesota

    Abigail Bauleke, Savage, Minnesota

    Elizabeth Becker, Weddington, North Carolina

    Megan Blunk, Gig Harbor, Washington

    Abigail Dunkin, New Braunfels, Texas

    Kaitlyn Eaton, Houston, Texas

    Ixhelt Gonzalez, Chicago, Illinois

    Shelby Gruss, Ossian, Indiana

    Rose Hollermann, Elysian, Minnesota

    Darlene Hunter, Commerce, Michigan

    Alejandra Ibanez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Bailey Moody, Alpharetta, Georgia

    Rebecca Murray, Germantown, Wisconsin

    Courtney Ryan, Chula Vista, California

    Natalie Schneider, Ord, Nebraska

    Lindsey Zurbrugg, Portland, Oregon

    NWBA Toyota Team of the Month November Nominees Announced

    12/02/2019, 3:45pm CST
    By Team NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO- The NWBA is proud to present November’s Toyota Team of the Month Program nominees.

    The nominees are as follows: 

    1. LWSRA Hawks - Division II: Won the 2019 Second City Showdown. Mak Nong was presented the award for best 3.5 and Devin Lockett was presented with best "open class" player. 

    2. LWSRA Hawks - Varsity: Won first place at the 2019 Synergy Jr. Bulls Classic.

    3. New York Rollin' Knicks - Division I: Undefeated season record so far of 4-0. They played these four games at the PVA Buckeye Cup and won the tournament. 

    4. Cincinnati Dragons - Varsity: Currently has an 11-1 record. 

    5. TIRR Memorial Hermann Jr. Hotwheels - Varsity: Won the 2019 Courage Kenny Classic with an undefeated 5-0 record.

    Nominees are also listed on the NWBA website at https://www.nwba.org/teamofmonthvoting.

    Voting

    To vote, visit https://www.nwba.org/teamofmonthvoting.

     Participants may vote once per day. Individuals may promote the Team of the Month page to their peers, family, and social media platforms. When sharing Toyota NWBA Team of the Month content, please tag @TeamToyota, @NWBA and include the hashtag #Toyota.

    Voting for the Team of the Month will conclude on Monday, December 9 at 9:00 a.m. Mountain. The winner will be announced on the NWBA website and social media platforms.  

    November Adult Division Power Rankings

    11/29/2019, 10:15am CST
    By NWBA Team

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The Adult Division Executive Committee has announced the 2019-20 November Power Rankings for Adult Division I, Adult Division II and Adult Division III. These are the second set of power rankings released for the Adult Division in 2019-20 season. 

    The Adult Division I, II and III rankings are provided monthly to the NWBA by the Adult Division Executive Committee. The top 16 ranked teams for each Adult Division will earn an invite to the 2020 Toyota National Wheelchair Championship Series. The Adult Division National Tournament will be held March 12-14 in Wichita, Kansas. 

    2019 Division I November Power Rankings

    1. New York Rollin’ Knicks

    2. Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks

    3. Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks

    4. MedStar NRH Punishers

    5. Utah Wheelin’ Jazz

    6. NMCSD WolfPack

    7. Tucson Lobos

    8. Golden State Road Warriors

    9. LA Hotwheels

    10. Toronto Rollin’ Raptors (1)

    11. Rancho Halos

    12. Seattle Sonics

    13. Miami Heat Wheels

    14. Albuquerque Kings

    15. Mary Free Bed Pacers

    16. Chicago Hornets

    17. Kansas City Predators

    18. Toronto Rollin’ Raptors (2)

    19. Austin Rec’ers

    2019 Division II November Power Rankings

    1. Tampa Bay Strong Dogs

    2. LA Clippers

    3. LWSRA Hawks

    4. Cincinnati Royals

    5. Shepherd Stealers

    6. Nassau Kings

    7. Magee Spokesmen

    8. Wisconsin Thunder

    9. TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels

    10. Madonna Magic

    11. Ft. Lauderdale Sharks

    12. Courage Rolling Timberwolves

    13. Detroit Pistons

    14. Sioux Falls

    15. Memphis Rolling Grizzlies

    16. Ability 360 Phoenix Suns

    17. Charlottesville Cardinals

    18. Connecticut Spokebenders

    19. Sportable Rimriders

    20. Pittsburgh Steelwheelers

    2019 Division III November Power Rankings

    1. Louisville Spokes & Spires

    2. Rockford Chariots

    3. LWSRA Hawks

    4. Brooks Ballers

    5. Magee Spokesmen

    6. Fayetteville Flyers

    7. Mobile Patriots

    8. Turnstone Bandits

    9. Tacoma Titans

    10. Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets

    11. Shepherd Stealers

    12. Harrisonburg Cardinals

    13. Orlando Magic Wheels

    14. TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels

    15. Austin Rec’ers

    16. Cleveland Wheelchair Cavaliers

    17. Music City Lightning

    18. Portland Wheel Blazers

    19. Virginia Sunwheelers

    20. Brooklyn Nets

    2019 Junior Division November Power Rankings

    11/27/2019, 1:15pm CST
    By NWBA Team

    These are the first set of power rankings released for the Junior Division for the 2019-20 season. 

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The Junior Division Executive Committee has announced the 2019-20 November’s Rankings for Junior Varsity and Junior Prep. These are the first set of power rankings released for the Junior Division for the 2019-20 season. 

    The top 16 ranked teams for Varsity will earn an invite to play in the National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NJWBT). Teams ranked 17-32 will receive an invite to participate in the National Junior Invitational Tournament. If a team does not accept their bid for postseason play, invitations will be sent to the next team, in order of ranking, until both tournaments are filled.

    Quick Overview

    WASA is defending champions and return their entire team. They are led by Thomas Oberst, last year’s tournament MVP, and Moira Paulus who has committed to Alabama. 

    Houston sent two starters to the University of Texas, Arlington, but have remained strong behind the continued emergence of Peter Berry (Alabama commit) and Rodrigo Linares (class 1.0 standout).

    Atlanta has reloaded with a strong fast team including Team USA rising star Bailey Moody.

    In the Prep Division, the Bennett Blazers top the rankings led by National Tournament MVP J.P. Pollard and Logan Soleas. Atlanta BlazeSports Prep slides into the second spot after strong performances at the Queen City Classic. Rounding out the top four will be Nebraska Red Dawgs and the Charlotte Rolling Hornets Prep Purple squad.

    2019 Junior Varsity November Power Rankings

    1. WASA Bucks

    2. Houston

    3. BlazeSports Jr. Hawks (Red)

    4. ACC Cavaliers

    5. Cincinnati Dragons

    6. Nebraska Red Dawgs

    7. Minnesota

    8. Fairfax Falcons

    9. LWSRA Hawks

    10. Charlotte Rollin Hornets

    11. Lakeshore Lakers

    12. Chicago Skyhawks

    13. ATX Austin

    14. Seattle Jr. Sonics

    15. RHI Racers

    16. Rancho Halos

    17. Oklahoma City Thunder

    18. Mad City Badgers

    19. RMF Trojans

    20. Dallas Mavericks

    21. Motor City Wheelz

    22. Katie's Komets

    23. Parasport Spokane

    24. UAH Chargers

    25. Denver Jr. Nuggets

    26. St. Louis

    27. BORP

    28. San Diego Hammer

    29. Bennett Blazers

    30. Mary Free Bed

    31. BlazeSports Jr. Hawks (White)

    32. Music City Thunder

    2019 Junior Prep November Power Rankings

    1. Bennett Blazers

    2. BlazeSports Jr. Hawks

    3. Nebraska Red Dawgs Jr. Prep

    4. Charlotte Prep Purple

    5. NY Rolling Fury

    6. Lakeshore Sharks

    7. SportAbility Rolling Panthers

    8. Minnesota Rolling Rowdies

    9. LWSRA Prep

    10. Mary Free Bed Jr. Pacers

    11. RCP Rolling Tigers

    12. Motor City Wheelz Prep

    13. KC Kings

    14. Fairfax Falcons Prep

    15. WASA Junior Bucks

    16. Louisville Jr. Mustangs

    *Photo credit in article image: Wendy Yang

    NWBA Athlete Spotlight: Hannah Smith

    11/26/2019, 10:00am CST
    By Chris Rathje

    This month we are excited to highlight Hannah Smith of the Sportable Spokes varsity team out of Richmond, Virginia. Hannah’s enthusiasm and helping nature are a great example of what it means to be a teammate. Her helping nature expands beyond the basketball court. I first learned about this when Hannah submitted her Academic-All American project last year.

    Hannah’s project can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKbIOmIRuLY&t=9s

    Hannah first learned American Sign Language to be able to communicate with one of her now-graduated teammates who is Deaf. She fell in love with the language and people, and Smith is now a co-president of an American Sign Language club at her local community college where she is dual-enrolled. Hannah plans to pursue a career that involves ASL.

    Hannah recently went to Turkmenistan in central Asia to promote adaptive sports and to exchange ideas with their adaptive sport clubs. 

    Hannah told me, “It was so interesting to hear how people in another country think about adaptive sports. They don’t have a wheelchair basketball team yet, but they were very enthusiastic about the idea. I met a boy in one of the towns who has an amputation and had never been in a chair. I put him in mine to shoot around and he was such a natural!”

    Hannah has been a very active person throughout her whole life.  Hannah first started working with Sportable around the age of 11 and started playing wheelchair basketball around the age of 13 and she is currently an ambassador for Sportable and leads question and answer sessions for them. 

    Before playing competitive wheelchair basketball she played on a recreational team that would play against able-bodied students to increase disability awareness. Hannah has tried many other sports including swimming, road racing and rock climbing and still kayaks in the offseason.  Smith has achieved honors in other sports.  Hannah was state runner-up in horseback riding and state champion in baton twirling.

    Hannah stays quite busy with many activities including singing and using ASL at the same time, participating in local theater and being very active in her church.  When she’s not busy with her many activities and dual enrollment classes, one of her favorite activities is video chatting with her siblings who are both enrolled in college.

    I am excited for the future when leaders like Hannah are given the opportunity to lead.  Her pure positive energy and can do spirit make the world a better place.

    Thank you Hannah for being such a wonderful example for the NWBA and the world at large.

    Toyota NWBA Team of the Month

    11/25/2019, 2:15pm CST
    By Rebekah Markovitz

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association and Toyota are excited to announce the launch of the 2019-2020 Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Award. The Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Award begins this November, with nominations due no later than Monday, December 2nd at 12:00 p.m. Mountain time to Rebekah Markovitz at communications@nwba.org.

    The purpose of this program is to give recognition to NWBA teams across all divisions. Selection criteria includes the team’s record, statistics, accomplishments, and non-performance related criteria such as community service and team improvement. The Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Award will be awarded each month from November to April. The monthly winner will receive a “Toyota NWBA Team of the Month” plaque and recognition on NWBA media platforms and at Toyota National Championships Series events. All nominees will 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, November’s nominations are due Monday, December 2nd. Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Award nominations are open to the public and submitted via the Toyota NWBA Team of the Month Award Form found at http://www.nwba.org/teamofmonth. Nominations should be sent to Rebekah Markovitz at communications@nwba.org

    Deadlines for nominations:

    December 2 - Nominees for November

    January 6 - Nominees for December

    February 3 - Nominees for January

    March 2 - Nominees for February

    April 6 - Nominees for March

    Voting Process

    Five nominees will be selected for voting purposes and voting will be conducted on the NWBA website at https://www.nwba.org/teamofmonthvoting. 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 #Toyota.

    Each person can only vote once per day. The voting period will open at 5:00 p.m. Mountain time on the first Monday of each month (nomination deadline) and close the following Monday at 9:00 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. 

    The NWBA mourns loss of Robert "Bob" Earl Trotter

    11/23/2019, 8:00am CST
    By NWBA

    Trotter's efforts paved the way for the NWBA Junior Division

    A great friend of the NWBA, Robert "Bob" Earl Trotter, passed away on November 21, 2019 from an apparent heart attack. Simply put, Bob Trotter, was the father of youth wheelchair basketball in Chicago and the State of Illinois. Trotter's contributions to wheelchair basketball truly exemplify the motto of "leave the sport better than you found it".

    Trotter graduated from the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, where he majored in Therapeutic Recreation (TR). Trotter starred for the University of Illinois Gizz Kids at forward all four years in attendance, receiving his varsity letter in 1978. He was inducted into the NWBA Intercollegiate Division Hall of Fame in 2003. His post-collegiate playing career spanned more than 15 years with the Chicago Pacemakers.

    After cutting his professional teeth in the TR Department at Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County for a few years, Trotter moved into a similar position at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). When accepting the position at RIC, Trotter took on the challenge of developing its fledgling wheelchair sports program. Over his near decade long tenure, Trotter developed the city’s first youth wheelchair basketball team, the RIC Dawgs, and the first tournaments for youth in the mid-1980s. Helping to grow the foundation of our sport Trotter would invite any community in the Midwest that had or was developing a team to participate in these tournaments for youth. Trotter was also instrumental in the development of the Inaugural Junior National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (Munster, IN) in 1993, serving on its Local Organizing Committee.

    Trotter grew up in public housing on the South Side of Chicago. Having contracted polio at a very young age, living with a physical disability, and having had the opportunity to play college ball, he saw the value in recreation and competitive sport as a catalyst for achievement. Trotter possessed a gregarious persona and a forever giving spirit. He wisely used personal charm, wit and humor to overcome any obstacle when it came to ensuring that inner-city kids and young adults would have the opportunity to play wheelchair basketball. From 1982-2002, everyone in Chicago who played or coached this great sport was touched in some positive way by the presence of Trotter in his or her life.Trotter's untimely loss is sorrowful for all who knew and loved him.

    The NWBA is grateful for Trotter's tireless efforts impacting youth with disabilities and laying the foundation for what would become our Junior Division. Because of these efforts many alumni of his program would go on to achieve a college degree and a rewarding career, on and off the court. 

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