2nd ANNUAL WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT SUMMARY - 2/22-23/11

Nine teams competed in the 2nd Annual RIM-AU Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, 4 in the Men’s Division III and 5 in the Junior Division, with the Junior Division being new to the tournament this year.  Each team in each division had an opportunity to play each team within the division at least once.  Each team completed a ballot for All Tournament Teams and Denver Branum MVP Awards, teams were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams.

MEN’S DIVISION III
Teams included:  Detroit Diehards, Moraine Minutemen, Kentwood Rollers and Columbus Buckeye Wheelers.  Due to a late shortage of players, the Columbus team was comprised of rostered members of the Buckeye Wheelers as well as players from the local Detroit area who were available to substitute.  This arrangement was discussed with coaches from the Diehards, Kentwood, and Moraine, and all were agreeable with the arrangement so that tournament play could proceed.

Detroit Moraine Columbus Kentwood
Total # Wins        3           1             4              0
Total # Losses     1           3             0              4

1st Place Trophy: Columbus Buckeye Wheelers
2nd Place Trophy: Detroit Diehards
3rd Place Trophy: Moraine Minutemen

DIII All Tournament Team: Player Team
Class 1 Kevin Konfara, Detroit Diehards
Class 2 Greg Johnson, Moraine Minutemen
Class 3 Hurie Johnson, Detroit Diehards
Open Class James Gouch, Columbus Buckeye Wheelers
Open Class Jimmy Moceri, Columbus Buckeye Wheelers
Denver Branum MVP Award: Hurie Johnson, Detroit Diehards

JUNIOR DIVISION
Teams included:  Sterling Heights Challengers, Junior Michigan Thunderbirds, Achievement Centers Wheelchair Cavaliers, Michigan Rollin’ Pistons, and the Grand Rapids Junior Pacers.

Date             Time       Game #     Junior Teams                         Final Score     Winning Team
1/22/2011     11:00     2              Pistons v. Pacers                    36 - 32          Pistons
1/22/2011     12:30     4              Challengers v. Cavaliers           48 - 24          Challengers
1/22/2011     2:00       6              Thunderbirds v. Cavaliers        27 - 36          Cavielers
1/22/2011     3:30       8              Challengers v. Pistons             56 - 34          Challengers
1/22/2011     5:00      10             Thunderbirds v. Pacers            30 - 48          Pacers
1/23/2011     9:00      12             Pacers v. Challengers               25 - 45          Challengers
1/23/2011     10:30    14             Thunderbirds v. Pistons           23 - 31          Pistons
1/23/2011     12:00    16             Pacers v. Cavaliers                   41 - 21          Pacers
1/23/2011     1:30      18             Challengers v. Thunderbirds     38 - 14          Challengers
1/23/2011     3:00      20             Pistons v. Cavaliers                 34 - 22           Pistons

Challengers Thunderbirds Pistons Pacers Cavaliers
Total # Wins        4     0     3     2     1
Total # Losses     0     4     1     2     3

1st Place Trophy: Sterling Heights Challengers 
2nd Place Trophy: Michigan Rollin’ Pistons
3rd Place Trophy: Grand Rapids Junior Pacers

Junior All Tournament Team: Player Team
Female Jillian Host, Grand Rapids Jr Pacers
Open Class Justin Coburn, Jr Michigan Thunderbirds
Open Class Mekio Jarvis, Achievement Centers Wheelchair Cavaliers
Open Class Larry Richardson, Grand Rapids Jr Pacers
Open Class Chrissy Clark-Langois, Sterling Hts Challengers
Denver Branum MVP Award Justin Coburn, Jr Michigan Thunderbirds

HOOP DREAMS: Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s Wheelchair Basketball Team Determined to Bring Home National Title. Will Compete in National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament April 7-10 in Denver.

Last year, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s (RIM) wheelchair basketball team, the Detroit Diehards were the underdogs going into the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBA) and ended up going all the way to the finals before losing a nail biter to Cleveland. This year, they have unfinished business to take care of, and are determined to bring the national title home to Detroit.

RIM’s team will compete in the 2011 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBA) April 7-10 in Denver, CO. The Detroit Diehards are one of 16 Division III teams competing for the national championship title.

RIM has been sponsoring the Detroit Diehards since 2002. The team is supported through grants, donations, and fundraising events such as RIM’s annual “Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game,”  celebritywheelchairbasketball.org.

 

 

 

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2.1.2017 Congratulations to John McSween of the Michigan Rolling Pistons, John just signed his letter of intent to attend the University of Illinois and continue his education and further his wheelchair basketball career. John has been part of The Michigan Rolling Pistons wheelchair basketball team for many years, Michigan Rolling Pistons is a co-ed, youth wheelchair basketball team providing opportunities for athletes ages 6-18 with physical disabilities to participate competitively in basketball. The athletes on this team are unable to participate in most local programs or school teams. Adaptive sports programs allow these athletes to experience the same benefits as their able-bodied peers. Our primary purpose is to provide more opportunity for boys and girls with physical disabilities to participate competitively in a sport. Our team motto is “No Limits.” The benefits of youth sports are well known. Through athletics, children gain increased selfconfidence and self-esteem, increased physical fitness and overall wellness. They also learn responsibility, and develop better communication and interpersonal relationships. Our athletes are unable to participate in most local programs or any of their school sports teams. Adaptive sports programs allow for these athletes to experience the same benefits as their able-bodied peers while also getting to meet and learn from others with the same abilities. It can be a difficult road keeping the teams up and running. With general overall health care costs, the additional costs of team sports and special equipment required to play can at times be a financial burden on families. That’s where Athletes Unlimited comes in to help support these teams and keep the programs running and growing throughout Southeast Michigan. Athletes Unlimited is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by Jeff S. Pierce, DO, dedicated to providing social, recreational and athletic outlets to people with disabilities. Their guiding philosophy that life is not intended to be a spectator sport. Everyone, regardless of ability, can benefit from participating in sports. It continues to be Athletes Unlimited primary goal to provide these opportunities to as many physically challenged individuals as possible. We firmly believe that everyone should know that individuals with disabilities, regardless of their physical limitations, possess the same basic needs and desires as those without disabilities. Together we can strive to eliminate societal barriers that limit an individual’s potential to achieve. Join us in spreading the mission of helping disabled athletes, because life is not meant to be a spectator sport! www.athletesunlimited.com
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