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CUNY - Gateway to Gold Adaptive Sports Clinic Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


CUNY Athletic Conference hosted Gateway to Gold Experience event on Sunday April 17, 2016 from 9 am to 4 pm at Queens College.  Over 50 athletes participated in Adaptive Sports and are on their way to the next steps in athlete development. Athlete development consists of training, coaching, competition structure and classification opportunities. To help empower those in that process, here are some of the resources that were on display at the Gateway to Gold event.

To learn more about athlete development and its pathways, please see the American Development Model for Paralympic Sport at the following direct link: http://www.teamusa.org/us-paralympics/community/american-development-model


Cited resources:

·         Paralympic Sport Club finder (aka Find a Club) – Searchable by state and provides contact information for clubs: http://findaclub.usparalympics.org/

·         U.S. Paralympics sports page – Great area of information on all Paralympic sports, events calendars by sport or what national organization to connect with: http://www.teamusa.org/us-paralympics/sports

·         What is classification? – Click on the following link to learn more: http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/athlete-classifications/how-are-athletes-classified/

·         Paralympic Sport Coaching Guide – Great resource listing each Paralympic sport with fact sheets and guidance: http://www.teamusa.org/us-paralympics/sports/coaching-guide


The first step is to get involved in an area program to develop and learn skills. Local and regional program connections (click on each program name for website):

·         CUNY Athletic Conference

o   Mike Sporton;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

·         NYC Parks and Recreation Adaptive Sports

o   Chris Noel;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

·         Wheelchair Sports Federation

o   John Hamre;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

·         Row New York

o   Matt Logue;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

·         Garden Empire Volleyball Association

o   Bob Baker;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

·         North Jersey Navigators

o   Jimmy Cuevas;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

·         Children’s Lightning Wheels

o   Trisha Yurochko;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Local and regional competitions:

·         2016 Tri-State Regional Games, May 27 -29thhttp://www.tswaa.com/34th_annual_tristate_wheelchair.htm


National and International Paralympic Committee sanctioned competitions:

·         Desert Challenge (Mesa, AZ): http://www.desertchallengegames.com/

·         Great Lakes Regional Games (Chicago, IL): http://www.glasa.org/special-events/great-lakes-regional-games/

·         2016 Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals (Madison, WI): http://www.juniornationals2016.com/

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 02:56
Jr Nets at Wheelchair Basketball Nationals (KY) Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


The Jr Nets went into the Junior Division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championships ranked 16th in the nation. They won one and lost three games in Lexington KY and finished the season ranked 15th. They matched up against some tough teams at Nationals and look forward to the chance to go back in 2017, stronger and better prepared. Thanks to the Brooklyn Nets and Wheelchair Sports Federation, these athletes will continue practice and play the great sport of Wheelchair Basketball.  For more info about NWBA Nationals, go to http://www.nwba.org/



Last Updated on Friday, 15 April 2016 19:40
NY Knicks v Canada Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition Print E-mail
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The NYC Parks sponsored and hosted the former NWBA National Champions NY Rollin' Knicks  and the Canadian National Team for Wheelchair Basketball exhibition games in the Bronx and Queens NY.  The first exhibition game was played on Friday, March 25, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the West Bronx Recreation Center in Bronx NY.  The next day, Saturday, March 26, 2016, 2 games were played and a kids clinic was held from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Queens NY.  Both teams played 3 very competitive games with the NY Rollin' Knicks winning the first two games and the Canadian Team taking the last game.
Next up for the the Knicks is a trip to Lexington, KY to regain their National title and the Canadian National Team will be competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio Brazil this coming September. For more information about the 2016 Paralympic Games, go to https://www.paralympic.org/rio-2016
For more information about New York City Parks, go to nyc.gov/parks
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2016 04:33
Quad Rugby Exhibition in Brooklyn NY Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   
On January 9th 2016. the New York Warriors and the Connecticut Jammers Quad Rugby Teams faced off in an exhibition of Quad Rugby at the Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn, NY. The Warriors won both matches and the day also included opportunities for new players to try out live action for the first time. Local fans also got to see the sport for the first time. Thank you to the Red Hook Recreation Center for hosting this great event!

Breakaway 2016 - Jr Sled Hockey Event (NY) Print E-mail
Written by John Hamre   


Over 500 people attended and raised over $200,000 to support the Junior Rangers Sled Hockey program on Tuesday February 9th, 2016, at the Winter Village at Bryant Park in New York City, from 6pm to 9pm.

35 of 43 Junior Rangers were present at the event and it was an amazing experience for the kids to skate in the middle of the skyscrapers of New York and see the outpouring of people who came just to see them.  Special Guest Mark Messier skated for 45 minutes in a sled with the kids, all while they were giving him pointers about how to hold his sticks, how to transition to hit the puck, how to skate fast and to stop. 

It was an incredible scene to watch 10-year old kids with disabilities taking 6-time Stanley Cup Hall-of-Famer Mark Messier to school.  Despite being under the weather, Mark couldn’t have been more generous or gracious with his time, posing to take pictures with anyone who asked, and talking with all the kids, families, and guests.  A true champion.


This fundraiser helps to continue to provide opportunities for physically disabled kids in New York City and has been instrumental in helping us in growing the program from 8 kids to 43.  It also allows us to make it free for all athletes and families that want to participate.


The link below shows 3 videos (if you watch, be sure to hit the “full screen” button)

-          The first is the video shown at the event, produced by my good friend Joe Quint.

-          The second is the ABC News piece from the event, including a short interview with Mark Messier.

-          The third is a great recap that shows videos of messier skating as well as some of the photos.

The button on the bottom left is a link to the photos from the event taken by our photographer, Matt Petosa.


Wheelchair Sports Federation would like to give a special thanks to our corporate sponsors for helping to make Breakaway 2016 possible:

Platinum:  Pine River, Bank of America, Glenview Capital Management

Silver:      Citi, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Prime Finance, Wells Fargo

Bronze:    Barclays, Covepoint, Douglas Elliman Property Management, Credit Suisse, Interactive Mortgage Advisers, Natixis, Orrick, Pinehouse Capital, Structured Portfolio Management, Canadian Association of New York, Deutsche Bank, and BNP Paribas, Equity Commonwealth, and Nomura.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2016 15:19
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