(Published Feb. 1, 2007, 10:38 a.m.)
Jeremy Lade, a former UW-Whitewater wheelchair basketball standout, has been chosen to participate in the 2007 NBA/National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) All-Star Wheelchair Classic.
The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 15 in Las Vegas as part of the NBA's All Star Game weekend.
Lade and teammate Gavin Cloy will represent the Milwaukee Wheelchair Bucks.
According to an NBA news release, 22 of the top wheelchair basketball players from across the country will participate at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino South Convention Center during NBA All-Star Jam Session.
In addition, the NWBA All-Stars will host their annual basketball clinic on Wednesday Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. PST, for over 20 junior wheelchair athletes at Doolittle Community Center in Las Vegas as part of the NBA Cares All-Star Caravan.
The 2007 NBA/NWBA All-Star Wheelchair Classic will feature the top wheelchair athletes selected from wheelchair teams that are members of the NWBA. The players, selected by the NWBA, are divided into East and West All-Stars. For more information on the NWBA go to www.NWBA.org.
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association is comprised of 181 basketball teams within 22 conferences. The NWBA was founded in 1948, and today consists of men's, women's, intercollegiate, and youth teams throughout the United States of America and Canada.
NBA All-Star Jam Session is the ultimate destination for basketball fans who want to experience the thrill and excitement of NBA All-Star 2007. Jam Session is the world's largest interactive basketball theme park featuring over 400,000 square feet of non-stop NBA All-Star action. Jam Session features over 30 basketball-themed attractions where fans can compare their hand and shoe sizes with those of their favorite NBA players; compete against friends at on-court skills challenges; watch youngsters slam dunk and hit three-pointers at the Kids Zone, and see NBA and WNBA players and Legends.
UW-Whitewater wheelchair basketball to be shown worldwide
The No. 1 ranked UW-Whitewater wheelchair basketball team will get a new level of exposure when they face Illinois Saturday, Feb. 17. The game will be broadcast worldwide from William's Center via Penn Atlantic's video stream, a first for a collegiate wheelchair basketball team.
"Hopefully the broadcast will serve to promote the sport in its entirety," Head Coach Tracy Chynoweth was quoted as saying in a UW-W news release.
"Wheelchair basketball is very exciting, but most people in the world will never see it. Perhaps this can help reach more people and increase awareness."
Though not the first time a team from UW-Whitewater has been shown through video-stream production, it will be a milestone for collegiate wheelchair basketball teams around the world.
With undergraduate UW-Whitewater students announcing the play-by-play during the game, everyone on and off the court will have the opportunity show off their skills to the world. This broadcast is made possible through UW-Whitewater's partnership with Charter Cable.
Over the years, the UW-Whitewater wheelchair basketball team has been a diverse team, recruiting players from across the United States.
This summer, the wheelchair basketball team went international recruiting one player each from Germany, Australia, Israel and Ireland. With video streaming, players' families will be able to watch them play while only paying a low per-game price of $7.95.
The timing of this broadcast could not have been better.
The wheelchair basketball team is currently ranked No. 1 in the country with an overall record of 12-2 and 5-0 in college division play. Even more impressive is the team's 3.14 cumulative GPA, which is the highest it has been in coach Chynoweth's nine-year tenure with the team.
"Many times when a group of superstars come together there are challenges involving attitudes and stats, but not with this team," Chynoweth said. "Every single person is on a mission to recapture the title we lost last year."
For those interested in viewing the game, visit www.pennatlantic.com. The game can be purchased for a low rate of $7.95. Those locally who wish to watch the game can still view it on UWW-TV Cable 19. Game time is 7:30 p.m.