Let me start this blog with my position as it relates to the topic at hand. The NWBA has not focused on its history and much has been lost by our ‘here and now’ league. We have very little connection to our past and it’s a huge problem to me but better saved for another DK blog. Having said that I want to start with a little history.
A 13 year-old varsity athlete from Centerville, Utah, Alma Velazquez is the receipient of the ABC Medical scholarship. This year, members of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association were granted an opportunity to submit applications during NWBT in Louisville, KY for a scholarship from ABC Medical. After reviewing over 30 applicants from the 3-day wheelchair basketball extravaganza, we are pleased to anounce Alma, along with 6 other athletes, was selected to receive a scholarship.
From Utah Rush Juniors Varsity Team, Alma is a seventh grade student at Union Middle School.
"I'm very excited to be a part of this amazing contribution to wheelchair basketball!" - Luke
Congratulations to Chance Boyd!!! Wheelchair basketball athlete from Atlanta, GA was just awarded a scholarship from ABC Medical after submitting his application during NWBT 2017. Chance is a senior at Lakeside High School and has received acceptances from the top colleges in the U.S. Chance's incredible work ethic and positive outlook on life are inspiring. He is a seed of hope to make change in the world. Read more to learn more about Chance.
Amber and Caroline, Milwaukee Bucks
" The new adaptive sports facility will hopefully inspire other schools to first create their own teams and then build their own adaptive sports facility."
- Sean Burns, Senior, University of Alabama
"Embrace the whole college atmosphere. You're pushing with some of the top players in the country. You gotta embrace and enjoy every moment of it!"
When I read Danzig "Ziggy" Norberg's scholarship application, I knew we had someone with high aspirations in front of us immediately. His eloquent style in writing and his ability to convey his passion across in his essays were impressive. I'm honored to present Ziggy to you, an athlete we'll be hearing a lot about in the next few years.
Tell us about yourself and your sports discipline.
My name is Danzig “Ziggy” Norberg. I am a 23 year old who was born with Spina Bifida. I pride myself on being more than society expects me to be. I have always made an effort, even if I was the only person with a disability, to try new things and pursue my interests. I’ve been playing wheelchair basketball for ten years and paddling for six years. I have been fortunate enough to be able to give back to the community in a variety of ways. I have organized paracanoe camps for the local disabled community, spoken to college students going into rehab and other disability related careers, and been an active advocate for disability right around the country. I have also had the amazing opportunity to introduce the community to many Paralympic sports.
Fisher Rizk is a bright student in his senior year in high school who started playing wheelchair basketball less than a year ago and has been accepted to Auburn University to study engineeering and play wheelechair basketball.