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    Recognizing Excellence: University of Texas at Arlington Men

    03/27/2020, 4:00pm CDT
    By Intercollegiate Division Executive Committee

    The University of Texas at Arlington Men's Team finished the season with a record of 22-1.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Intercollegiate Division of the NWBA congratulates the University of Texas at Arlington’s Movin' Mavericks of the Intercollegiate Men's Division for completion of an excellent 2019-20 season.

    The 2020 Toyota Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball National Championships were cancelled due to national safety priorities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. This cancellation resulted in no national championship being awarded for the 2019-20 NWBA season.

    The University of Texas at Arlington Movin' Mavericks of the Intercollegiate Men's Division completed the 2019-2020 regular season with an overall record of 22 wins and only one loss. The team was undefeated in Intercollegiate Division games with a record of 14 wins and no losses. This was the best among men’s  teams in the Intercollegiate Division.

    Recognizing Excellence: University of Alabama Women

    03/27/2020, 3:00pm CDT
    By Intercollegiate Division Executive Committee

    The University of Alabama Women's Team finished with a record of 29-1.

    COLORADO SPIRNGS, CO - The Intercollegiate Division of the NWBA congratulates the University of Alabama’s Women of the Intercollegiate Women's Division for completion of an excellent 2019-20 NWBA season.

    The 2020 Toyota Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball National Championships were cancelled due to national safety priorities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. This cancellation resulted in no national championship being awarded for the 2019-20 NWBA season.

    The University of Alabama’s Women of the Intercollegiate Women's Division completed the 2019-2020 regular season with an overall record of 29 wins and only one loss. The team’s record in Intercollegiate Division games of 9 wins and one loss was the best among women’s teams in the Intercollegiate Division.

    Tracy Chynoweth

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The NWBA and Intercollegiate Division Executive Committee are proud to announce the class of 2020 for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate Division Hall of Fame. The 2020 Intercollegiate Division HOF inductee is an individual, who made an impact on numerous lives and the game itself during their involvement in wheelchair basketball in the Intercollegiate Division. This year’s inductee is: Tracy Chynoweth

    Coach:

    Tracy Chynoweth, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

    Chynoweth, from Cottage Grove, WI, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine. He then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration while filling a two-year Graduate Assistant Position at Ball State University under the leadership of Dan Byrnes. Byrnes, an NWBA Hall of Fame Coach, was serving as Head Coach of the USA Men’s National Team at the time as well as coaching the Indianapolis Racers and introduced Chynoweth to the sport. Soon after graduating from BSU in May 1998, Chynoweth began a long coaching tenure with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. During his time as a coach in the Intercollegiate Division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association from 1998 to 2008, Chynoweth’s teams won five national championships, (1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007) turning UW-Whitewater into a powerhouse program. His coaching prowess at the intercollegiate level was felt throughout the NWBA, leading Frank Brasile to invite him to join the staff of the USA Women’s National Team Coaching staff in 2000.  Chynoweth served as Assistant Coach for the US Women 2000-2002, USA Junior National Team in 2001 and 2005, and the USA Men’s National Team in 2007-2008. His international coaching career culminated in Beijing in 2008 after leading teams to several international medals including Gold at the 2005 Junior World Championships.

    Not only did Tracy make a lasting impact on the court, but he touched people's lives as well. Chynoweth had the unique ability to "connect a group of individuals that otherwise were not connected and create a network of support and friendship that [would] last a lifetime." These tight knit teams supported Tracy so much so that "his former athletes would return and come to 6:00 a.m. practice to share the knowledge that Tracy had taught them and pass along what they had learned." Coach Chynoweth's lessons are still being used to this day, and his former players are "continually using the [life] lessons from Tracy."  He now resides in the Madison, WI area with his wife and three sons.  Tracy Chynoweth was a great coach, but even better man. His impact will be felt for years to come.

    Members, Friends and Fans:

    Just today, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government announced the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Making a Paralympic Team and representing your country in competition is the highest accomplishment that an NWBA Member can achieve on the court. Will Waller, NWBA CEO, said: “We’ve seen our athletes and staff train and prepare for this moment for years, and we want to thank them for their immeasurable sacrifice to our program and our association. When they compete, they represent all of us, they represent all of USA.”

    The NWBA is committed to work with the USOPC on a plan that gives our program the best opportunity for success and our athletes the support they need throughout. Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee shared: “…the Games will be held at a date beyond 2020 but not later than the summer of 2021.” The IOC statement revealed that: “the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.”

    Athletes, staff, family and fans will have many questions on the impact of this decision to postpone. The NWBA will work closely with all parties involved to ensure that our voice, and that of our athletes, continues to be included in the process. We will share more information as it becomes available.

    Until then, please continue to adhere to guidance from your local lawmakers and public health professionals to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.

    Growing as a Leader

    03/20/2020, 4:45pm CDT
    By Sydney Pierre

    Mack Reed's leadership role grows with the DASA Rolling Rams

    Mackinley “Mack” Reed is 16 years old and maintains a strong leadership role on his team, the DASA Rolling Rams, who are based out of St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams have been through significant changes over the eight years Reed has been a part of the team.

    Reed started playing wheelchair basketball when he was younger and has been a long standing member of the Rams. After trying out numerous wheelchair sports, one of his track teammates convinced him to give wheelchair basketball a try. Outside of basketball, Reed is the place holder for his high school football team, the Kirkwood Pioneers, and stays busy during his junior year of high school with plenty of homework. Reed noted that playing wheelchair basketball helped him with his time management, due to “having to juggle with basketball, school, and just everyday life.” 

    After losing their program's top player, Nathan Rainge (he graduated in 2017 and plays for The University of Nebraska-Omaha), Reed and the Rams had some doubts about the team’s ability without Rainge. “He was kind of our main guy, who pretty much carried us, and we didn't know how we were going to do,” said Reed. After proving doubters wrong and going 13-9 this past season, the Rams have gotten over the hump. “We want to win and just prove ourselves to doubters, and anyone who's kind of seen us and thought that we 're gonna plunge...after Nate left,” said Reed, adding that “I feel like we truly were able to be competitors and able to compete against some of the higher level teams [this season].” 

    As an older player on the team, Reed has taken on significant leadership roles in the past few years. While he never saw himself in that type of role initially, other people told him they looked up to him as one. His goal throughout the entire season has been to help others around him. “My goal is to just improve as a player and improve the people around me as much as I can,” said Reed.  He prefers to stay away from any negative talk, instead trying to “always keep my head up on things and kind of look for the good in the situation.” His highlight of the season so far has been witnessing the comradery of the team and watching his teammates grow as players, as well as people. 

    Inspired by NBA players such as James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo, Reed also looks up to his friend and longtime Rams teammate, 16 year-old Matthew Simmons. “He's always been there through the hard times with me and...we've been able to develop together and I kind of look up to him for that,” said Reed. 

    Reed hopes to play in college in a few years, where he is planning to major in sport management or sports marketing. As for the lessons he’s learned from playing wheelchair basketball so far, Reed explained that he learned to “always stay humble. There's always going to be someone that's better than you. And to learn from that.” 

    Jack Pierre selected as "Captain" & Scholarship Recipient of Academic All-American Team

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- The National Wheelchair Basketball Association and Junior Division Executive Committee are proud to announce the teams for the 2020 Timothy J. Nugent High School Academic All-American and Academic Achievers presented by Toyota.

    The 2020 academic awards mark the 23rd time the Junior Division has recognized its best student-athletes for their work off the court. The Academic All-American recognizes athletes 10th through 12th grades, while the Academic Achievers recognizes athletes in grades 5th-9th.  

    Jack Pierre of Edina, MN was the selected "Captain" and scholarship recipient of the 2020 Timothy J. Nugent High School Academic All-American Presented by Toyota.

    2020 Timothy J. Nugent High School Academic All-American Presented by Toyota

    First Team - (receiving scholarship*)

    *Jack Pierre - Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves
    Edina High School in Edina, Minnesota

    Lilly Lautenschlager - Nebraska Red Dawgs
    Lincoln East High School in Lincoln, Nebraska

    Raia Ottenheimer - Mad City Badgers
    Madison West High School in Madison, Wisconsin

    Cameron Poole - Rockford Jr. Chariots
    Rockford Christian High School in Rockford, Illinois

    Hannah Smith - Sportable Spokes
    Smith Home-Based Education in Henico, Virginia

    Honorable Mention

    Aidan Granvelle - Minnesota Jr. Rolling Timberwolves
    Loyola Catholic High School in Mankato, Minnesota 

    Alma Velazquez - Utah Rush
    Viewmont High School in Bountiful, Utah

    2020 Timothy J. Nugent Academic Achievers Presented by Toyota

    Tucker Anderson - Charlotte Rollin Hornets

    Caleb Roach - Nebraska Red Dawgs

    Mary McLendon - Lakeshore Lakers

    Arelle Middleton - Rancho Halos

    Ben Edwards - Kansas City Kings

    Skyler Fisher - Dallas Jr. Mavericks

    Olivia Molnar - Dallas Jr. Mavericks

    Preston Howell - Charlotte Rollin Hornets

    Sadie Absher - Charlotte Rollin Hornets

    Zane Jasper-Jax Goodwin - Lakeshore Sharks

    Sean Nichols - Cincinnati Dragons

    Owen Horsley - Dallas Jr. Mavericks

    Jonathan Adam Smith - Charlotte Rollin Hornets

    Eli Johnson - Nebraska Red Dawgs

    Cameron Ruis - Charlotte Rollin Hornets

    Elliott Murphy - Kansas City Kings

    Riley Porter - Utah Rush

    Anderson Strom - Kansas City Kings

    Kelly Fischbach, Jason Joines, Dave Kiley, and the Cincinnati Dragons-Greater Cincinnati Adapted Sports Club

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Junior Division Executive Committee is proud to announce the leadership awards for program coaches and leaders for the 2019-20 season. These awards include the Courage Center Award of Merit for Outstanding Leadership in Developing the Junior Division, Dave Ruback Legacy Award, Dr. Robert Szyman Leadership Award, and the Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award. Please feel free to visit the following webpage to learn more about these awards, https://www.nwba.org/jrdivisionawards

    The 2019-20 award winners are those who displayed great acts of leadership, went above and beyond the norm, and positively shaped the Junior Division during this past season. The 2019-20 NWBA Junior Division Awards were given to the following individuals and organizations:

    Courage Center Award of Merit for Outstanding Leadership in Developing the Junior Division Award Winner: 

    Cincinnati Dragons- Greater Cincinnati Adapted Sports Club

    The Greater Cincinnati Adapted Sports Club (GCASC) has worked to develop athletes and coaches in the Junior Division since being founded in summer of 2014. The GCASC first fielded a team in the Junior Division for Prep in 2015. Two years later in 2017 the GCASC added a second team at Varsity level of play. T Most recently the Dragons were entering the 2020 NWBA Toyota Varsity Wheelchair Basketball National Championships as the #5 seed overall in Varsity. The GCASC program is led by Paralympians Jake Counts and Ian Lynch. 

    Dave Ruback Legacy Award Winner: 

    Jason Joines - BlazeSports Jr. Hawks

    While being a parent of a Junior Division athlete, Joines consistently goes above and beyond the norm for the betterment of the Junior Division. Joines' son Josh, now attending University of Illinois, graduated from the BlazeSports Jr. Hawks in 2017. Joines has been actively involved as a coach in the BlazeSports program for both their Prep and Varsity teams. Lastly, Joines has recently joined the Junior Division Rankings Committee. 

    Dr. Robert Szyman Leadership Award Winner:

    Kelly Fischbach - Nebraska Red Dawgs

    Fischbach goes out of her way to help the Junior Division to continue to flourish for years to come. Fischbach serves in various leadership roles for the NWBA including as the Conference Commissioner for the Junior Northern Conference and on the selection committee for the annual NWBA Junior Division Academic Awards. Fischbach has worked to grow the Junior Division by lending a helping hand to athletes and coaches throughout the nation and serving as a true contributor in the Junior Division.

    Ed Owen Coach of the Year Award Winner: 

    Dave Kiley - Charlotte Rollin' Hornets - Varsity

    Dave Kiley embodies some of the same philosophies that Ed Owen strived to be during his time as a coach. Dave is dedicated to teaching and helping his athletes become better not only better wheelchair basketball players, but better people and leaders in their communities. Through his work with the Rollin' Hornets Kiley illustrates the coaching spirit and coaching qualities that of Ed Owen had as a coach. Kiley serves not only as the head coach of the Charlotte Rollin' Hornets - Varsity but the Rollin' Hornets Women's team as well. 

    February NWBA Toyota Team of the Month Winner

    03/18/2020, 2:15pm CDT
    By NWBA

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is honored to announce the NWBA Toyota Team of the Month for January. The winning team is Lakeshore Sharks - Junior Prep!

    Congratulations to the Lakeshore Sharks - Junior Prep. The Sharks are a young team who have grown and learned with each tournament. Despite all but one of the players being brand new to the sport, the sharks captured big success. They placed second in the Big Peach Slam Jam and third in the SEC Championship Classic. 

    NWBA Toyota Team of the Month winners will receive a “Team of the Month” plaque. Nominees will receive a certificate. 

    The NWBA thanks all athletes, coaches, and supporters for participating in February’s Toyota Team of the Month award. 

    March will be the final NWBA Toyota Team of the Month Award of the season. March's Toyota Team of the Month nominations are due at 12:00 pm MST on Monday, April 6. To nominate a team, email communications@nwba.org with who you want to nominate and why they deserve the award. 

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