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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
3. BlazeSports Jr. Hawks (Red)
4. ACC Cavaliers
5. Cincinnati Dragons
6. Nebraska Red Dawgs
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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.