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    NWBA founder Dr. Tim Nugent will be honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the winner of the 2020 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.

    NWBA founder Dr. Tim Nugent will be honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the winner of the 2020 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is the hall's most prestigious recognition outside of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    The announcement was made in Chicago today during the NBA All Star Weekend. The official presentation will be during Enshrinement Weekend on August 28-30 at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, also known as the Birthplace of Basketball. For further details, including ticket information, visit

    Basketball fans refer to the most impressive players as generational talent, but this description also applies to those who impact the game in other ways. The work of Dr. Nugent empowered generations of people with disabilities through his influence in adaptive sports as founder of the NWBA in 1949.

    His legacy went well beyond the field of play through his unwavering advocacy for people with disabilities in all facets of their lives. He lived his life by the motto: “The presence of a problem is the absence of an idea.” NWBA members, alumni and fans are eternally grateful for his insatiable appetite for solving an array of significant issues that faced people with disabilities in mid 20th century.

    In an interview with FIBA in 2014, he explained how he defied the medical establishment to demonstrate the abilities of individuals with a disability.

    "I myself was born with a bad heart 92 years ago when they didn't do much about it and didn't know much about the heart. I did everything they told me not to do because I wanted to be part of the gang. I learned a lot through that process and all of it helped me when this opportunity came along,” said Nugent.

    Nugent’s early life experiences instilled a deep understanding of the psychological impact of coping with disabilities at a time when people were relegated to an isolated existence through prescribed inactivity. Whether it be during his childhood observing limited family members with health issues, or post World War II interacting with fellow Veterans who sustained debilitating injuries, Nugent realized more activity, not less, is what people needed.

    The Paralympic Movement has seen great progress over recent years. In the United States, through our relationship with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), our National Team athletes are afforded the tools and resources they need to prepare optimally for the world stage. In 2019, the USOC officially became the USOPC and Paralympic athletes now receive the same rewards for their medal performances as their Olympic peers. Nugent’s perpetual pursuit of inclusion indeed laid the foundation for such major milestones.

    Tim Fox, NWBA President, said: “We would like to thank the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees, Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Hall of Fame, and John Doleva, CEO of the Naismith Hall of Fame for their recognition of a true pioneer and a hero to so many. His impact on society cannot be overstated. It is only fitting that he will be celebrated in The Hoop Hall as one of the most impactful contributors to basketball, a John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.”

    Nugent’s efforts began at the University of Illinois on the Galesburg campus, where he started a wheelchair basketball team in 1948. He would host the first six team tournament in 1949, and later establish the NWBA after a move to the Urbana-Champaign campus. This would be the launching point from which many firsts would ensue, not just the first championships and All-Americans but the more profound groundbreaking achievements such as the first student of the program, the first graduate, the first doctor, lawyer and corporate executive.

    He literally and figuratively built ramps to help disabled people gain access to facilities and educational benefits at Illinois that would impact thousands of students over the years.

    One of those students was Will Waller, now the CEO of the NWBA. “His work most certainly provided a guy with a deeply troubled background an on-ramp to a brighter path. He created a venue for me to recognize and pursue my potential. Now, I’m merely trying to illuminate that path for generations to come. His example taught me that my biggest legacy would be to leave the game better than I found it,” said Waller.

    Dr. Nugent passed away on Veteran’s Day 2015 at age 92.

    Previous winners of the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award include: former NBA commissioners Walter Kennedy and Larry O'Brien, coaches John Wooden, Pat Summit, and Red Auerbach, and the Harlem Globetrotters

    January NWBA Toyota Team of the Month Winner

    02/10/2020, 12:45pm CST
    By NWBA Team

    This month's vote was another close one with only one percent between the top two teams.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is honored to announce the NWBA Toyota Team of the Month for January. January's voting pole was yet another very close result with only one percent standing between Katie's Komets - Junior Varsity and Nebraska Red Dawgs - Junior Prep. The winning team is Nebraska Red Dawgs - Junior Prep!

    Congratulations to the Nebraska Red Dawgs. The Red Dawgs went undefeated (4-0) at the Kansas City Crossroads Invitational and ranked third in the Junior Prep January Power Rankings. 

    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 January’s Toyota Team of the Month award. 

    February's Toyota Team of the Month nominations are due at 12:00 pm MST on Monday, March 2. To nominate a team, fill out the form below and send it to

    Six team members return to defend their gold medal from Rio 2016

     COLORADO SPRING, CO - The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is proud to announce the final roster for the 2020 U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team. This selection was made at the conclusion of the three-day Toyota Team USA Women’s Selection Camp, at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2020 U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team will comprise of 12 athletes nominated to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games scheduled to be held from August 25 to September 6, 2020, in Tokyo, Japan.

    While the core of this team is relatively young, there is a strong presence of experienced athletes to mentor this young group. Six of these athletes will personally be defending their gold medal from 2016 Rio Paralympics. The roster returns all 12 athletes from the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where the U.S. brought home a silver medal on the way to qualifying for Tokyo 2020. 

    2020 U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Senior National Team

    Josie Aslakson | Jordan, MN | 1.0

    Megan Blunk | Gig Harbor, WA | 3.0

    Abigail Dunkin | New Braunfels, TX | 3.5

    Kaitlyn Eaton | Houston, TX | 1.5

    Rose Hollermann | Elysian, MN | 3.5

    Darlene Hunter | Commerce, MI | 1.0

    Alejandra Ibanez | Salt Lake City, UT | 2.5

    Bailey Moody | Alpharetta, GA | 4

    Rebecca Murray | Germantown, WI | 2.5

    Courtney Ryan | Chula Vista, CA | 2.0

    Natalie Schneider | Ord, NE | 4.5

    Lindsey Zurbrugg | Portland, OR | 2.5

    Among the final selection of athletes, six are experienced, Paralympic gold-medal winning athletes: Megan Blunk (Gig Harbor, WA), Abigail Dunkin (New Braunfels, TX), Rose Hollermann (Elysian, MN), Darlene Hunter (Commerce, MI), Rebecca Murray (Germantown, WI), and Natalie Schneider (Ord, NE).

    Courtney Ryan (Chula Vista, CA) will represent Team USA for her second straight year after her appearance at the Parapan American Games last year. Josie Aslakson (Jordan, MN), Kaitlyn Eaton (Houston, TX), Bailey Moody (Alpharetta, GA), Alejandra Ibanez (Salt Lake City, UT), and Lindsey Zurbrugg (Portland,OR) secured spots on the U.S. Women’s team after being part of the squad in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

    Murray and Schneider played together on the 2012 and 2008 Paralympic teams, winning their first Paralympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. They also played together during the 2011 Parapan American Games where the U.S. Women won gold. The pair also found success on the court with a gold medal at the 2010 IWBF World Championships in Great Britain.

    Blunk joins the roster for the second time since 2016 where the U.S. Women’s team captured gold at the Rio Paralympics. Blunk also won a gold medal for the U.S. at the 2015 Parapan American Games.

    Two-time Paralympian Rose Hollerman and teammate Abigail Dunkin have played together on the U.S. Women’s squad since 2015. During this time the two have secured two gold medals in competition, including one from the 2016 Rio Paralympics, and two silver medals (2017 America’s Cup and 2019 Parapan American Games). 

    Hunter will be rejoining the U.S. Women’s team for her third Paralympic Games, first representing the U.S. in 2012. Hunter will be among those working to protect their gold medal from the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

    In addition to the 12 athletes selected to the U.S. Women’s roster, four athletes were named as alternate selections to the roster. Those alternate selections are: Abigail Bauleke (Savage, MN), Elizabeth Becker (Weddington, NC), Ixhelt Gonzalez (Chicago, IL), and Shelby Gruss (Ossian, IN).

    The U.S. Women will be led into competition at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games by head coach Trooper Johnson of San Lorenzo, CA. Coach Johnson has served as the head coach of the U.S. Women’s squad since 2017. He coached them to a silver medal at the 2017 America’s Cup in Cali, Columbia, sixth place finish at the 2018 IWBF World Championships in Hamburg, Germany and a silver medal at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. Before becoming the head coach, Johnson gained valuable experience as an U.S. Women’s assistant coach from 2013-2016. This of course included being a member of the coaching staff for the iconic U.S. Women’s team that captured a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

    Joining Coach Johnson on the sidelines will be assistant coaches Amy Spangler of Madison, Wisconsin, and Adam Kramer of Westchester, Illinois. Also supporting the team is Athletic Trainer Karla Francioni of Lexington, Kentucky, and Team Leader Kearstin Gehlhausen of Denver, Colorado.

    All nominations to the 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team are pending approval of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

    Deadline to pre-order entry tickets is 11:59 p.m. MT on March 5

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO- The 2020 NWBA Toyota Adult and Junior Wheelchair Basketball National Championships is a ticketed event for all non-team attendees, and tickets are now on sale for these events. All non-team (or credentialed) attendees must purchase a ticket to attend any portion of this events, including competition for Adult Division I, Adult Division II, Adult Division III, Prep, Varsity and Varsity Invitational national tournaments.

    Registered athletes and non-athletes (coaches, team reviewer, etc.) of participating teams of the event will receive credentials for entry to the event included with their team registration and tournament dues.

    2020 Toyota Team USA Women's Selection Camp Preview

    02/06/2020, 2:15pm CST
    By NWBA Team

    All eligible athletes return from the selection camp in January.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – The 2020 Toyota Team USA Women's Selection Camp will continue at the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. The Toyota Team USA Women's Selection Camp will resume on-court play Thursday, February 6 and will conclude on Sunday, February 9, when the final athlete selection will be announced.

    A pool of 16 athletes has arrived for the three-day tryout. Six of the athletes in attendance were members of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Gold Medal Team. The camp will decide the final roster of players for both the 2020 Toyota Team U.S. Women’s National Team and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games team.

    The list of athletes in attendance for the 2020 Toyota Team USA Women's Selection Camp is below.

    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 January Nominees Announced

    02/03/2020, 7:00pm CST
    By NWBA Team

    Five teams are on the poll to vote for who wins January NWBA Toyota Team of the Month.

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

    The nominees are as follows: 

    1. Katie's Komets - Junior Varsity: The Komets won the Katie Kirlin Regional Qualifier with a huge upset win over the RMF Trojans. The Komets were ranked 29th and the Trojans were ranked 16th. 

    2.  Southwest Minnesota State University - Intercollegiate: Current record of 1-2 putting them in the middle of the standings of the Intercollegiate Men's Division. 

    3. Nebraska Red Dawgs - Junior Prep: Went undefeated (4-0) at the Kansas City Crossroads Invitational this past weekend. Ranked third in the Junior Prep January Power Rankings. 

    4. Brooklyn Nets - Division III: Went undefeated (4-0) at the NE Blazers Memorial Tournament in mid January. Current record is 11-6. 

    5. Ft. Lauderdale Jr. Sharks - Junior Prep: Currently 2-1 with a recent win against Charlotte Prep - Teal at the Big Peach Slam Jam. 

    Nominees are also listed on the NWBA website at


    To vote, visit

    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, February 10. The winner will be announced on the NWBA website and social media platforms.  

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - By now, all of you have heard the news about the status of wheelchair basketball for the Tokyo and Paris Paralympic Games. Click on the following links to view the statements: (IPC Link) and (IWBF Link).

    The NWBA is proud of its international success and grateful for a dedicated group of athletes who deliver that success. We will do everything that we can to support our athletes who have been preparing for Tokyo over the last several years.

    This eligibility debate does not apply at all to our NWBA League play. More specifically, if you are not in the High Performance (National Team) Pool, there is no action required on your part. The NWBA is a self-governed organization, which has eligibility requirements in its By-Laws. That means our membership votes to determine eligibility requirements for the NWBA.

    NWBA leadership understands the importance of compliance with our key partners. We will continue to ensure our organization and our athletes are in compliance with IWBF and IPC standards, including eligibility. We appreciate the ongoing support of the USOPC in our efforts to build the NWBA’s capability while delivering success on the international stage.

    We are confident that the IWBF and the IPC will work towards a practical solution that ensures wheelchair basketball is a part of the program in Tokyo, in Paris and beyond.  We have already engaged in outreach to various parties to begin the steps in our planning process. This will ensure the NWBA High Performance Athletes have taken all required steps in a proactive fashion.

    Adult Division January Power Rankings

    01/30/2020, 5:30pm CST
    By NWBA Team

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

    Important Reminders

    Post Season Applications are due February 10. All three adult divisions must have ten games completed by February 9. These ten games need to be included in the Post Season Application. Division III teams must have their ten games against other Division III teams. 

    Bids will be released on February 12 to the top ranked 16 teams. If a team does not accept an invite, the next ranked team will be invited. Therefore, even if your team is not ranked in the top 16, it would still be advantageous to complete a Post Season Application if your team is interested in competing in the post season. 

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